Dodge B350 Water Pump
Common Issues Displayed by a Dodge B350 Water Pump
You shouldn't normally experience issues with your Dodge B350 water pump. After all, Dodge B350 water pumps are built tough; they're capable of functioning well for a long time. But despite that, they aren't invincible can still run into problems such as the ones discussed below.
Rusty or Damaged Impeller
Do you know what the rotating wheel in your Dodge B350 water pump is called (yes, it has a name)? It's referred to as the impeller. And as you probably know, the said wheel-like component of your Dodge B350 water pump is the one that facilitates the circulation of fluid within the pump. So when the impeller is rusty or damaged, it's safe to say that the water pump's function would be severely impaired. Your entire cooling system could be reduced to being useless if that's the case.
With those said, you're basically left with no other option but to replace the entire water pump. Do so as soon as you can. Yes, it's not that cheap, but delaying the replacement can cause serious (very expensive, in other words) implications for your engine.
Since your Dodge B350 water pump deals with fluids, it isn't surprising that leaks are one of the issues that you can encounter with it. A telltale sign of this issue is when you find a puddle of coolant under your B350. If coolant is indeed leaking, your water pump may be cracked or damaged. And just like in the case of a rusty or damaged impeller, there's no other alternative but to replace the water pump. Again, don't wait too long before getting a replacement. You'll only be wasting coolant and compromising your engine if you do.
Note: Coolant can also leak from the radiator or the radiator hoses. So do confirm first if the water pump is indeed the source of the leaks before getting a replacement for it.
A noisy water pump bearing is never a good sign. When you start hearing this, you better check on your Dodge B350 water pump right away. Why? It's because the noise is pretty much your signal that your pump is going bad. Don't wait until it completely gives out on you though. It's best to get a replacement for it as soon as possible so that your engine won't run into any overheating issues.