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What is a Water Pump?

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Whether you’re driving a brand-new Honda or you’ve got a trusted daily driver to power you through your Chicago commute, it’s important that you keep up with regular maintenance. While there are many different maintenance items to keep track of, an important one that you should be aware of is your water pump. But, what is a water pump exactly? A water pump pulls coolant from your radiator and pumps it through your motor and back into the radiator.

Essentially, your water pump keeps your engine operating at optimal temperatures by flowing coolant throughout it. If you’re still confused, the service experts at Valley Honda have you covered. Today, we’re going to go over the following information regarding your water pump to help you keep your ride in excellent condition:

  • What is a water pump?
  • When to replace your water pump?
  • What is a water pump belt?

When to Replace Your Water Pump?

With such an important function, you may be wondering when to replace your water pump? The answer can vary depending on your specific vehicle, but the typical lifespan of a water pump is around 60,000 to 100,000 miles. A failed water pump can lead to your vehicle overheating and other issues.

Fortunately, when you schedule a service appointment with our team, we’ll make sure to regularly inspect many components of your vehicle so you can catch issues like a failing water pump before it becomes a larger issue. With that being said, there are some signs you can look out for when you’re driving around Naperville that’ll indicate it may be time to replace your water pump. Some of those signs may include:

  • Coolant leaks/low coolant warning lights
  • High engine temperatures/overheating engine
  • Grinding noises from the engine

What is a Water Pump Belt?

There are many different components to your water pump, but what is a water pump belt? Before we can answer this, it’s important that you understand how a water pump works. Essentially, the water pump pushes the coolant through your engine from the radiator. But, what powers the water pump? Most water pumps are belt-driven pumps that get their power from the crankshaft of the engine.

As the engine turns, the water pump belt is turned, powering the water pump and helping it keep your engine cool on Oswego adventures. Simply, the water pump belt is a belt that powers the water pump using energy from the crankshaft of the engine. Many modern vehicles are also beginning to use electric water pumps, which eliminates the need for a water pump belt in general

Replace Your Water Pump With Valley Honda Today!

Whether you need a water pump replacement or any other automotive service, you can count on our team at Valley Honda to assist. We’ve got the training and expertise to keep your vehicle on the Aurora streets for many miles ahead. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help!

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