TLC Automotive

222 E. Walnut
Independence, MO 64050

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TLC Automotive Tech Question On Your Water Pump

Posted on December 20,13 by admin

TLC Automotive Tech Question:

I was driving on the freeway in MO and my SUV engine started to get hot. I turned off my air conditioner and was able to drive about 80 miles to my meeting and then found a shop in Independence. It turns out that my water pump was leaking. It cost me many hundreds of dollars to get it fixed. What could I have done to avoid this?

TLC Automotive Answer:

This guy’s story really did have a happy ending. When you continue driving when your engine’s overheating you risk a catastrophic engine failure. It really is a good idea to pull over and let your SUV engine cool down before driving again. If you add water or coolant, be sure your engine is cool or you risk serious burns.

Now there’s no way for Independence car owners to predict when their water pump will fail – they just wear out. This fellow’s water pump replacement was more expensive because his water pump is driven by his timing belt. That requires a lot of hours to get to the water pump and then put everything back on the engine.

A money saving tip from TLC Automotive in Independence: if your water pump is driven by your timing belt – replace the pump when you have your scheduled timing belt replacement. That way most of the work is already done and you don’t have to pay for it twice.

Check with your caring TLC Automotive service professional about when your timing belt should be replaced.

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TLC Automotive
222 East Walnut Street
Independence, MO 64050

At TLC Automotive in Independence MO (64050) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 816.833.4411. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit

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Independence, MO 64050

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