Marketed as the Mazda Miata of SUVs, the Mazda Tribute is considered as one of the better small SUVs that were released in recent years. This little truck can provide drivers with superb handling and a surprisingly great engine performance. Indeed, its engine does pack the kind of wallop that you wouldn't normally expect from compact SUVs. The said wallop would be dampened though if the engine constantly overheats. There are several possibilities why that could be happening, but one of the most likely reasons is that the Mazda Tribute water pump is broken.
It's common knowledge that an engine heats up as it runs. And you most probably know that excessive heat isn't good for an engine by any means. After all, high levels of heat can severely hamper engine performance or even cause permanent engine damage. To prevent those from happening, components such as the water pump are equipped in a vehicle to help maintain tolerable engine temperatures. The water pump in particular circulates coolant that absorbs the heat that's generated by the engine. So if your Tribute's engine overheats, the reason must be there wasn't enough coolant to go around. And the reason why there wasn't enough coolant to go around is perhaps because the water pump isn't in good condition. The pump may be leaking or is rusty that's why it's no longer being effective. Once it reaches that point, it's best to replace your old Mazda Tribute water pump with a new one as soon as you can to avoid further complications.
While your Mazda Tribute water pump may have given out, there's no need to worry. A Mazda Tribute water pump replacement shouldn't be difficult to install in your beloved SUV. Your Tribute's overheating woes should go away once a new water pump is in place.