Express Car Care Tech Question: I was driving on the freeway in Colorado and my truck engine started to get hot. I turned off my air conditioner and was able to drive about 80 miles to my meeting and then found a shop in Denver. It turns out that my water pump was leaking. It cost me hundreds of dollars to get it fixed. What could I have done to avoid this?
Express Car Care Answer: This guys’ story really did have a happy ending. When you continue driving when your engine is overheating, you run the risk of a catastrophic engine failure. It really is a good idea to pull over and let your vehicle’s engine cool down before you drive again. If you add water or coolant, be sure your engine is cool or you risk getting serious burns.
Now there is no way for auto owners to predict when their water pump will fail – they just wear out. This guy’s water pump replacement was more expensive because his truck’s water pump is driven by his timing belt. That requires a lot of labor hours to get to the water pump and then put everything back on the engine.
A money saving tip from Express Car Care in Denver is: If your water pump is driven by your timing belt – replace the pump when you have your scheduled timing belt replacement. That way most of the work is already done and you don’t have to pay for it twice.
Check with your helpful Express Car Care service specialist about when your timing belt should be replaced so you can stay on top of it and hopefully avoid it breaking when you’re on the road.