When is a good time to replace your water pump?
I have at least 2 cars a month that need a water pump replaced ASAP. If a water pump is leaking, you risk over heating your engine. An overheating condition can destroy an engine in less than couple of minuets.
If the engine over heats from coolant loss, repair costs can get ugly fast.
The best time to replace a leaking water pump is before engine damage occurs.
This is a no brainer. At least we would think that is the case.
On the web, you can find many auto forums that say, do not get ripped off by replacing parts before they break. Yes and No. Most forums are 50% helpful. Populated by wannabe mechanics or shade tree D.I.Y. guys and you can get advise that will cost you more in the long run.
So are you getting ripped off if you can prevent a bigger failure?
Sometimes it is Ok to replace a part before it is 100% broken.
Would you fly in an airplane, if you knew the ground crew waited till an engine part was 100% broken before they replaced it? > No! <
If I knew the airplane could break down when it was at 30,000 feet, I would never want to fly at all.
Preventative maintenance is just what it implies. Fix it before it fails.
I have a BMW client that comes in every 45,000 miles to replace the water pump, upper radiator hose, thermostat and coolant. This is because the water pump life span is about 50,000 miles and the client does not want to have any breakdowns. The above repair is only $590.00, but an engine replacement is around $9,000.00. The client understands the value and loves his car.
Yes, I know cars do not fly, but many states have safety inspections to keep cars in a safe working order. Brakes, tires, lights, steering, suspension and drive train parts must be in good working condition. If the car needs repairs, you do not drive the car till it pass’ inspection.
I do not like to wait till my car is broken down on the side of the road to take action. Maintenance is required to keep everything ship-shape and ready for the road.
I like to see our clients in at least twice a year for service, but they can stop in anytime to get free air in the tires. Our clients know they are welcome to stop in anytime for a quick under hood check. A quick look costs nothing, but could save you big.
You do not have to wait till the next oil change to pop the hood.
It’s all good under the hood. Anthony Xavier ASE Master Technician
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