Engine Cooling problem
1999 Mercury Villager Wheel Drive Type unknown 83,000 miles
How do you know when a water pump goes bad? My problem is that it's taking a long time for my van to heat up. It eventually does, but it's not a hot heat. I went to take it for an estimate but the place I went to is more of a tire/muffler place that said they fix anything. In 10 minutes, they came out and told me I needed a new water pump and it was going to cost nearly $600. The van has never overheated, even when I've driven it for 60 or 70 miles. I've talked to a few people who said it would overheat if it was the water pump. There is no leakage of fluid when I park it. We are driving from Michigan to Florida in 2 weeks, at least we were planning on driving that. No I'm scared. I know the proper answer is to get another estimate, but my question is, what are the signs that your waterpump is bad, and could someone really tell in 10 minutes if that's it?---From what I understand, you kind of have to drop the engine to find out. THANKS MUCH!