Signs of Water Pump Leaks in Your Porsche

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The Porsche brand name draws attention, creates excitement, gives its owners a feeling of prestige. If you own a Porsche, you want it to remain in perfect working condition, and one of the ways to do this is by being proactive about possible issues. Water pump leaks are a common problem for Porsches, so let's take a closer look at the most common signs this component is leaking.

The Importance of Your Water Pump

Porsche designed its models to have onboard technology that can identify issues and alert you to problems. If the water pump fails or is not functioning correctly, your car will exhibit some symptoms, along with a warning light on your dashboard.

At its most basic, the water pump in your car is powered by a belt, which helps this system push coolant through the engine to keep it from overheating. If the water pump is damaged, this could snowball into a very bad situation, and in extreme cases, it could damage your engine beyond repair. No one wants to face an engine rebuild.

Below are the most common signs of a failing water pump in a Porsche:

Leaking Coolant

Coolant is usually pink for Porsches. If at any time you notice a pink or reddish liquid near the front of your car, it can indicate a leak. You’ll want to take this to a professional to fix this as soon as possible.

Engine Overheating

Your dashboard engine temperature gauge will alert you to a problem with a hot engine. Sometimes you will hear a thumping noise or notice reduced power, as your engine struggles in the extreme heat from a lack of coolant.

If you smell burned oil or see steam coming from the hood, pull over and turn off your engine as soon as possible. You should let the engine cool for a half an hour before looking under the hood, as parts can be extremely hot and can cause severe injury to you. Call for a tow, as you cannot continue to drive the car in this condition. An overheating engine can melt and warp metal. It could cost thousands of dollars to rebuild it if it becomes that damaged.

Coolant Contamination

This is another worse-case scenario. An obvious sign that there’s a problem is if the coolant in the reservoir looks different than usual. If the liquid is no longer a bright color but is now a brownish color, something has contaminated the coolant fluid. This can occur if engine oil or transmission fluid enters the reservoir. When combined with coolant, a dreaded sludge is formed that can cause havoc in your engine. It is sometimes termed as a "strawberry milkshake of death," as the mixture will turn strawberry pink and become frothy. You must have your Porsche towed to a Porsche specialist if this occurs. Not only will your Porsche need a flush to multiple systems, it must be checked for other damage.

Reasons for Water Pump Failures

Porsche Water Pump ReplacementThere are both mechanical and degradation reasons for water pumps to fail or malfunction. There are instances that the hoses, seals, and gaskets were not installed correctly at the manufacturer. It is rare, but it happens.

If hoses and valves malfunction, coolant can leak or mix with other fluids. This is why it is important to have routine maintenance at manufacturer-designated intervals. A Porsche specialist will check for issues at your maintenance appointments and prevent damage from occurring by proactively repairing small problems before they become large expenses and heartbreak.

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