Water pumps are an important part of your BMW’s mechanical environment, and if not properly maintained, they may lead to expensive repairs. If you see your BMW’s performance deteriorating as it ages, the water pump is a possible culprit.
With that in mind, let’s look at why your BMW’s water pump is so important to its operation, the most typical faults that cause it to fail, and the warning signals to look out for.
The water pump’s function is to guarantee that coolant is pumped from the radiator to the engine. When the water pump malfunctions, the engine may eventually shut down. The water pump is just as important to the functioning of your engine as engine oil, therefore as a BMW owner, keep these signs in mind.
Symptoms Of Water Pump Failure
Here are four indicators that a BMW water pump breakdown is on the way:
- Leaks of Coolant: If you see leaking fluids coming out the front of your vehicle, you should carefully pay attention to it since it might be a sign of potential problems. If the fluid has a bright colour, you most likely have a coolant leak. Consult a BMW specialist as soon as possible so that he or she can assist you in determining the source and severity of the leak. If you have to add coolant due to leaks, use blue BMW coolant to replenish the reservoir. BMWs have specific coolant requirements to be nitrite and phosphate free, so green and red coolants are not compatible. In an emergency, water can always be used. (It’s best to use distilled water.)
- Overheating Engine: Your engine may overheat for a variety of reasons, none of which should be overlooked. If your dashboard is displaying warning lights or your temperature gauge is red, contact a skilful technician right away. Your car may overheat as a result of a faulty water pump, causing additional damage to the engine. If your water pump fails, you may need to replace cracked cylinder heads or head gaskets, which are both costly repairs. Keep an eye on your vehicle’s temperature gauges and report any unusual spikes or differences to your mechanic.
- Whining at a high pitch: You may have a loose belt if you hear a high-pitched whining sound coming from the engine. A sloppy belt may imply a loose pulley or worn-out bearings in your water pump. To avoid a water pump failure in your BMW, you have to check the bearing for any likely faults.
- Your radiator is emitting steam: If you observe steam coming from your engine as you drive or stop, this is an immediate indication of an overheated engine. As previously stated, an engine should maintain a consistent temperature if the water pump functions properly and distributes water to a fully operational radiator. If you start noticing steam from your engine, pull over to a safe location and call a mechanic as quickly as possible. Driving an overheated engine is not a good idea, so calling a tow truck is a better option because the cost of replacing an engine would be more.
All the symptoms described above might indicate engine trouble, so bring your BMW to the professionals at Carotech Automotive as soon as you detect any of them. The sooner we can repair the water pump, the lesser the harm that will be done to your engine.
Carotech Automotive Can Fix Your Water Pump
When you start noticing any of the aforementioned symptoms of a water pump malfunction, it is time to take your BMW in for service. We specialize in European automobiles at Carotech Automotive, Los Angeles, CA. Our expert mechanics are skilled and qualified in BMW’s sophisticated systems and technology, so you can trust our service delivery when you bring your vehicles in to have the water pump examined.
We provide high-quality servicing and employ cutting-edge techniques and technology for your BMW. We will inspect your BMW to spot the specific problem with your malfunctioning water pump. After we have performed the repairs, you will be able to drive off in your newly-serviced BMW with confidence in your car once again. Visit us at Carotech Automotive today to schedule an appointment for your BMW repairs.