Useful Tips to Deal With the Problems of Your Chevrolet Astro Water Pump
Your Chevrolet Astro water pump is responsible for keeping your engine form overheating by continuously pumping water and coolant. But overtime, this component goes bad and causes different kinds of problems. To help you address these, here are some useful information and tips:
An increase in the engine temperature suggests that the water pump on your vehicle isn't working properly. It's advised that you take note of the temperature changes in your car because a bad water pump can cause further problems if not fixed or replaced immediately. You can start by knowing the ordinary engine temperature so that if it begins to continuously rise, you can suspect that your water pump has started to malfunction. You can also observe these changes on the temperature gauge on your dash. In the event that the increase in temperature was caused by a broken water pump, you should just replace it to bring the engine temperature back to its normal level.
Once your water pump breaks or fails, it will start to leak water or coolant. And if this happens, you will need to add water to your radiator more often than before as most of it just leak out through the broken water pump. If you feel that your Chevy has a bad water pump, you can place a cardboard or a paper directly under the water pump and leave it there overnight. If it gets wet with water or coolant when you check in the morning, the water pump is definitely leaking and badly needs to be replaced with a new one.
Rattling and squealing noises
Once your water pump goes bad, you will begin to hear different noises that suggest different problems. If you hear a rattling noise, this means that the impeller or the bearings of your water pump have failed, causing your engine not to receive coolant. But if you hear a squealing noise, this means that the drive or timing belt that operates your water pump has slipped and is already loose and worn out. This means that your water pump isn't functioning efficiently. Depending on the problem, you can replace the impeller, the bearings, or the belt to make you water pump work again.