Signs the Water Pump Is Going Bad
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Signs the Water Pump Is Going Bad

August 20, 2019


hi I’m Mike from 1a auto we’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years we’re dedicated to delivering quality auto parts expert customer service fast and free shipping all backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee so visit us at one eight or calm your trusted source for quality auto parts many different parts on your vehicle actually have ways of letting you know that they’re going to fail before they actually fail and that’s the case with the water pump now we’ve got the front of this engine all taken apart and you can see this is the water pump here it’s held on by the bolts and there’s a hole right here this hole is on the dry side of the seals the seals are further in here so what will happen is as the seals go bad which is generally pretty much all this can go bad in a water pump the seals go bad first then if you let it go long enough the bearing surfaces will start going bad and then you can have a total failure but the seals will start going bad and then water from the engine will start leaking half the seals and it’ll come out through the hole and it will either kind of spray out and you’ll start seeing water spraying around your engine when it’s running or it’ll drip sound and you’ll get a small drip of water underneath the front of the engine so these little holes here have a purpose and that’s the purpose to let you know that the water pump is starting to fail before it really fail thanks for watching visit us at one arrow com for quality auto parts fast and free shipping and the best customer service in the industry

30 Comments

  • Reply Dennis Burt September 2, 2017 at 12:49 am

    GREAT MAN I NEEDED TO KNOW THAT…

  • Reply Gage Dean September 28, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I got a squeaking noise coming from my water pump pully n its wobbleing a tad but its not leaking what parts would i get to fix this? 98 Cherokee

  • Reply Clarence Crosby November 30, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    I have a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP with a 3800 supercharged engine my engine overheats I changed the thermostat I get good Heat even while the engine is overheating and the faster I go the temperature comes down for once I sit at a traffic light the temperature goes back up the water pump is not leaking what could be my problem

  • Reply Maximo Guzman December 22, 2017 at 2:42 am

    I have coolant being sprayed all over by the belt so I'm assuming it's the water pump. I saw other youtube videos that recommend using something like K-seal. Will it work or should I just replace the water pump?

  • Reply HackHunter1835 February 15, 2018 at 1:35 am

    What if the car is a 300M (2000 to 2004) You cant see the water pump, its behind the TB cover. What happens when it starts leaking and you cant see it flippin leak cuz of this flippin design FLAW!!!!!

  • Reply Kings detailing April 8, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    now the drip is when it's on of off

  • Reply robert mullen June 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    thank you 1A auto!!

  • Reply JD Simons June 17, 2018 at 2:42 am

    how long have you been working on cars I've seen water pumps with the impellers eat up so bad they wouldnt sufficiently move antifreeze to cool the engine properly.

  • Reply Zahira Brown June 17, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I have coolant just leaking out and when I pore more it just falls out

  • Reply 1life1loveforyou June 19, 2018 at 7:15 am

    You can have a water pump the passes the seal test and still be bad because it's not circulating the antifreeze, the tabs on the impellers have all rusted off just spinning inside like a disc.

  • Reply imdefinitly18now July 8, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    This video kicks ass

  • Reply Chris Cee September 14, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I started hearing a rattling and squeeky noise around where my water pump was located at . But wasnt sure where my noise was coming from. So i started using WD.-40 to make the noise go away. It did work by the way..
    A few days pass as i was coming to a stop on a red light . I noticed and felt my car acting up. I immediately went into neutral and coasted. I pulled over and noticed water sprinkling over my engine. [ i have no water pump cover (i removed it)(or hood)]
    i inspect my car for leaks and did not find any noticeable leaks.
    Went home turned off the egine stepped out of my car. And heard crackling and steam noise. So i opened up my coolant resvoir and there was none. I opened up the radiator cap. And same none.. I filled the radiator with water, after it cooled down. … As i was pouring water onto the radiator, water was escaping from what it appeared to be the back of the engine block.
    So my immediate thought was my heater core
    .#1 the orings went bad. Or #2 one of my freezer plugs went out. BUT my engine block has no freezer plugs (d16z6) and if it did they would of been welded on. (20lbs of turbo) so.. i went to autozone and bought me 2 packs of that powder seal. And worked For about 4 days..
    Then a day or 2 later i bought one of those copper liquid sealant solutions to seal up where ever the leak was coming from. And it worked a little.. earlier when i went to go get pizza. Another honda pulled up next to me . And so i decide to race. Asoon as i my boost kicked in at 2000 rpms my temperature went up like crazy.
    Placed my car on neutral and coasted. Pulled over to chevron and poured water on to it. But this time water starter spraying all over my timing belts like crazy. So i wasnt sure if my gasket seal went bad for some magical reason.and water was hitting my belts making a fountain effect Or i cracked my block and same water pouring down onto my belts . I turned off my car and water still leaked but not alot as it did running. .I came home checked everywhere and found no leak.. after seeing your video. I can rest assure that my water pump went bad.
    I thought it was my thermostat . . A cracked engine block. My heater hose.. but no. Thanks to this video. I now know for certain where my leak is coming from and why.
    Thaks for you video. And thanks for reading
    AZ,CHRIS

  • Reply Toxic Weeb October 9, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for confirming that my water pump is failing!

  • Reply Mgn October 19, 2018 at 1:15 am

    so if theres a squeeking noise and you adjust a pulley or alternater and the noise stops its not the water pump..??

  • Reply Gbenga Adesanya November 9, 2018 at 10:49 am

    i have a toyota camry 1999 model and i have changed timing belt 5 times in 3 months please what could have caused this

  • Reply GuanacoSIVAR December 16, 2018 at 6:32 am

    What if my 1965 Mercedes Benz 220s has a small leak on that little hole, but only when it is cold? as the engine warms up the coolant won't leak?

  • Reply Erica Zhu December 27, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Because the car pump is connected with the belt to extract the cold water in the water tank, if the rotational resistance of the pump is affected, it will directly affect the engine speed, and there will be a situation of unstable speed. The main manifestation is that the speed of the car is unstable after starting, and if the resistance is very large, it may also occur the phenomenon of flame out, which mostly occurs in winter.

  • Reply Hurracan G January 6, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Does the pump leaks coolant?

  • Reply CD ROD January 11, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    I have a weird problem.
    My 99 camry is not blowing hot air so i replace the thermostat,that fixed the problem but now the car overheats.
    Put the old thermostat back and is back to the way it was.
    Is that a sign of a bad water pump?

  • Reply Honda Rancher rider January 29, 2019 at 4:43 am

    My silverado leaks coolant while off

  • Reply Dimitri Borozny February 8, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Coolant flushes kill a water pump! Same thing goes for Prestone antifreeze,the worst garbage out there.I noticed even years ago when I was a kid,my dad swore by Prestone antifreeze,and was replacing water pumps OFTEN!!!

  • Reply K Moore March 9, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Bad water pump? You’re looking at $350. for repairs and labor!

  • Reply nate fidalgo March 12, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Is there anyway to diagnosis a bad water pump without removing and inspecting? Perhaps an easy way to measure flow rate or something i don't want to touch it but just rule it out.

  • Reply holy shit March 17, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Designed to fail.

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  • Reply Nova3i Man April 11, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    so it can cause overheating? may i ask? tq….

  • Reply Zachary Pelton May 13, 2019 at 6:04 am

    My 2005 Honda Civic EX with 113000 miles has some sort of small leak in the front end, and the engine hesitates mostly after shifting to 3rd gear (auto trans.) Then starts to gain power again. Not a transmission problem, but water pump and timing?

  • Reply CHEVY BOY!!!! August 2, 2019 at 1:58 am

    My truck drives fine when I’m driving with no AC on. Then when I turn it on maybe at a light or just parked for more then 5-7m then I see the needle go up?? Change the stat or pump you think??

  • Reply A1sncday1 August 9, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Q.my car temp only rise and try to over heat when I have ac running.but only while idaling….if I turn it of it runs fine

  • Reply Dink Woodham August 17, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Could your water pump go bad and not leak I got a 2001 Mitsubishi montero sport xls 3.0 and it runs hot only with ac on I Flushed radiator change the thermostat and check my fans to make sure they are running still can't figure out why is running hot

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