How do you know when your water pump is going bad?

Tiny
CINDYG
  • 2005 NISSAN ALTIMA
  • 278,120 MILES

My car runs hot when sitting and sometimes driving. It also has the bad smell and I hear water.

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Saturday, May 5th, 2012 AT 11:22 AM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Here are some guides to better explain what happens when the water pump goes bad and how to fix it when it does.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/symptoms-of-a-bad-water-pump

and this will let you know what you are in for the changing the pump

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/water-pump-replacement

Here is how the unit works

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/water-pump

Here is a guide on over heating

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/engine-overheating-or-running-hot

You may have air in the system. Follow this procedure;

Turn the heat for the heater setting all the way hot. Wherever the highest point in the cooling system is, that's where it's going to trap the air, and that's where a required bleed point is going to be, but for most vehicles, a radiator, and a radiator cap, is the highest point in the cooling system, and so the radiators can be bled, just simply by removing that cap, and allowing the system to fill up, until all the air is gone. You need to remember also, that there's a thermostat in the system, and when that's sealed, or in the cold or closed position, it can trap air into the bottom side of the engine, so you want to make sure, anytime you're trying to bleed the system, after you've bled it, you've run the engine for at least fifteen, twenty minutes, make sure it's thoroughly warmed up, and the cooling system has cycled several times, and then recheck it after it's cooled, and re-top as necessary, to remove any additional air, that might have been trapped in the engine, so that's how you bleed a radiator, and/or cooling system."

Replace and perform the bleeding procedure again. Try checking the coolant level and then getting air out of the system.

To bleed the cooling system

Bleed the cooling system by removing the top cap, that lets the air out, and you can add coolant to the radiator, and bleed it out in that fashion. If you need to bleed your cooling system as a unit, that's an entirely different procedure. That outline is going to be given to your owner's manual, and that depends on where the highest point in the cooling system is, as to what the bleeding procedure is, but for a radiator, as long as the cap is the highest point of the radiator. Don't forget to have the heater all the way to hottest setting.

Also, if this does not work, try replacing the radiator cap and possibly the thermostat.

Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Cheers, Ken

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Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 AT 4:40 PM
Tiny
SPINMACHINEOPP
  • 2001 NISSAN ALTIMA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 270,000 MILES

When I noticed my car acting up, I checked fluids first. My coolant reservoir was at the same level it's been for a long time. However, when I checked the radiator it was very low! So I filled it and checked to see if my coolant reservoir was clogged, but it was clean and so was the hose leading to the radiator. Since yesterday the coolant level in the radiator goes down, and the level in my reservoir goes UP. The radiator cap seems to be operating properly though. Which leads me to believe it might be the water pump? Idk that why I'm asking :)

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Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 AT 4:41 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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No, it's not a water pump. You have a leak in the system. It's supposed to draw coolant back into the system when it cools but if it has a leak, it can create suction.

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Tiny
SMURF562
  • 1999 NISSAN ALTIMA

Engine Cooling problem
1999 Nissan Altima 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

i just put a new waterpump in my car why is it still
overheating

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Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 AT 4:41 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SMURF562
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I just put a new waterpump in my car and its still
overheating why

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Tiny
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It might be because you have a 6 cylinder in your 1999 Altima.

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