Signs that your Water Pump has Gone Bad

Water Pump going bad
Water Pump going bad

To assure that the quality of your used car stays on par you must have a functioning water pump.  The engine of your car requires coolant to function at its best and when your car’s water pump loses functionality, the vehicle has a far greater chance of overheating or falling victim to subzero temperatures. While the water pump is constructed with long term durability in mind, it is also far from indestructible. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the signs that your water pump has gone bad and what labor is needed to replace it.

Leaking Beneath Timing Belt Cover

The water pump comes equipped with a gasket that is designed to prevent the coolant from being able to leak out. However, these gaskets can become worn down over the course of time and begin to experience failure, due to heat exposure. If a coolant leak is starting to take place and it is coming from beneath the timing belt cover, this is a sure sign that your water pump has begun to go bad.

Loud and/or Loose Pulley

Locate the water pump’s pulley and see if it can be pulled back and forth. If the pulley feels loose or there is any play, this is a sign that pulley’s bearing have begun to wear out and will soon fail. Once the bearing has failed, this causes the water pump to stop turning and the engine soon becomes overheated. Another common symptom of a loose pulley is excessive noise coming from the engine while driving. It is best to check your pulley while the engine is turned off and have it regularly inspected by a professional.

Temperature Gauge Instability

In most instances, the vehicle’s temperature gauge should remain consistent. When the temperature gauge no longer remains in the middle ground between cold and hot and starts to fluctuate drastically, this could mean that the water pump has begun to malfunction and will need to be replaced.

What Labor Will I Need To Replace The Water Pump?

Start by having the cooling system on the vehicle inspected for leaks by a professional. If there are service intervals that have been specified by the manufacturer, be sure to adhere to them. Coolant should also be replaced on an every 50,000 mile basis. These simple actions will help the water pump last longer.

When these tactics fail to keep the water pump functioning, you must rely on a professional to service the issue. The vehicle’s cooling system may need repair and you may require a full replacement of the cooling system and/or water pump.

If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned signs of water pump damage, it is important to bring your vehicle to a professional mechanic immediately, so that they can replace or repair this vital part of your vehicle before it is too late.

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What Should You Pay For A Used Car?

what-you-should-pay-for-a-used-carWhen determining the value of a used car, several factors need to be taken into consideration. An online service that can greatly assist you in making this determination is Kelley Blue Book (

Once a used car buyer arrives at you will be asked of for the year, make, model and mileage on the vehicle you are thinking about purchasing or selling. After entering your zip code (the geographic location that the used car is purchased from plays a large part in determining its value) chose your cars category (ex. sedan, coupe, minivan, truck, etc.) and trim. You will then be asked to fill in all other detailed information regarding the features contained on the car you are selling or the one you wish to buy.

The next question it will ask is whether you are planning to trade it into a dealer, or sell it to a private party. This is a very important question because prices can really vary between a transaction between two private parties and one that involves a used car dealership.

Finally, determining the condition that your used car is in greatly affects its final value. How well has the vehicle been taken care of? Are there rust spots, dents, or missing pieces hurting the appearance? Or are there mechanical function such as the power windows or locks that no longer work? More importantly does the transmission shift smoothly or are there any fluid leaks. Every aspect of the car needs to be taken into consideration. Once this is done one of five categories need to be chosen for a condition rating.

Only 3% of used car are deemed to be in “Excellent” condition. “Excellent” is very close to a new car level as all service records need to be available and the vehicle cannot have any history of paint touch ups or body work. From there KBB moves down to “Really Good” condition (23% of used cars), “Good” condition (54% of used cars), “Fair” condition (18% of used cars), and finally “Poor” condition (2% of used cars) which Kelley Blue Book will not give a value on.

Once the condition is selected Kelley Blue Book gives you their estimated value. This by no means should be an end number, but a very good starting point for negotiations with whomever you are doing business.

In addition to Kelley Blue Book you should do further research on not only the specific history of a certain vehicle using and/or, but on the overall history of a specific make and model using services such as or consumer reports. These services will let you know about certain problems that a make/model has been known for.

There are many online services that will give you tools to help you gain an advantage in your used car negotiations. Do your due diligence so you can make the most informed decision.

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Car vs a New Car

buying-a-used-carWhen it comes to purchasing a car, the toughest decision is figuring out whether it is more cost effective to buy a used car outright or seek financing for a new car. It can be difficult to come up with one answer that will cover all contingencies, so those who are in the process of buying a vehicle must consider the financial cost of their choice, as well as any intangibles.

There are different methods for purchasing a new or used car: buying new, buying use or leasing. When these three methods are compared to one another, buying a new vehicle has the largest out of pocket cost over the average life of a car (six years).

However, there are additional costs that should be baked in first. Those who buy new vehicles or decide to lease are able to avoid costly repairs and maintenance, and those who choose a used car are often forced to spend the difference on any number of additional vehicle needs. All used cars are not created equally and while some are lightly used and able to stand up over the long haul, others will cause you to spend more than you saved.

While there is a certain joy that is closely associated with the ownership of a new car, there are also tangible advantages to be gained from this approach. Purchasing a new car means having added flexibility should you decide to sell, as a newer car will always fetch a far greater asking price than an older one.

Newer cars also have the latest features and technology, as opposed to older cars that are many times outdated. The level of prestige and enjoyment that comes with driving a new car is more of a creature comfort, but this is a factor that tends to drive our decision making.

Used cars may come at a cheaper price and with less upfront hassle, but a new car can be driven without regard for mileage. Choosing a used car in order to save money often means having to be more cognizant of driving the vehicle for particularly lengthy distances and periods of time.

Conversely, used car owners are freed from the tyranny of a monthly payment. They are able to set aside the money that is saved each month and put it towards necessary maintenance and repairs. Having a fund such as this on hand reduces the amount of financial strain that is placed on the owner of a used car.

There are a number of factors that must be considered when making a decision of this magnitude. Be sure to make your own calculations and take every intangible into account before coming to the decision that works best for you and your personal needs.