Porsche vehicles are special and unique, making it necessary to enlist the help of a specialist when it comes to providing them with proper ongoing care. One issue that many vehicles experience, including Porsche models in the last twenty years, is water pump failure. This is a serious issue that can sometimes lead to engine failure if not addressed quickly. In this article we’ll talk about why the water pump is integral to your engine’s functioning, how to prevent failure, signs that it’s not working properly, and what you can do to fix the issue.
Porsche engines that were built in the last two decades are cooled with the help of a water pump, designed to help coolant flow through your engine optimally. When your engine is kept at the proper temperature, the motor oil can adequately grease important engine components. When the water pump fails, not only can the engine not be cooled well, it can lead to extensive part failure in other areas. Water pump issues are easily detected, but by the point that symptoms are noticeable other damage may have already occurred. This is why it is important to hire a Porsche specialist who can adequately assess damages in all Porsche vehicles and attend to their need with the correct procedures and parts for replacement.
Water pump failure doesn’t always have to occur. Porsche vehicles are typically well maintained by their owners; but that’s not to say that water pump problems won’t come up as your car ages. Water pump failure is most prevalent in older Porsche cars in which water pump seals, impellers, and drive belts have become worn out over time. This gives us good information to use when it comes to preventing water pump failure. Ongoing inspections and routine maintenance procedures can keep your automotive technician in the know about how your car is aging and performing on a regular basis.
It is most important that you are aware of possible issues your Porsche could be experiencing. Water pump failure produces several different symptoms, depending on where the problem originated. The symptoms your Porsche produces are essential for the diagnostic process, so pay close attention to the symptoms your car exhibits and report them to your Porsche specialist when you bring your car in for servicing. These are the most common symptoms of water pump failure to be on the lookout for:
Coolant leaks can occur for a number of reasons. However, if the coolant leak is near the center/front of your engine, it could be related to the water pump. Since the water pump is designed to hold the coolant, it’s not surprising that a failed water pump may leak this fluid if a seal or gasket fails. Leaking coolant can lead to other significant problems, so it’s best to have the problem addressed right away.
A failed water pump means that the engine cannot be cooled by the steady flow of coolant. Engine overheating occurs when the engine temperature rises beyond its normal range. Unfortunately when overheating happens it can cause serious engine damage as time passes. Keep your eye on your engine’s temperature gauge—especially during those hot summer months—and watch out for any steam emitted from your radiator indicating an overheating engine.
The drive belt that is responsible for powering the water pump can become loosened or damaged, which might produce an odd noise as it rotates quickly. This will cause an odd noise to come from your engine, often a high-pitched whining noise. Your trusted Porsche specialist may need to replace the drive belt if this is the cause of water pump issues.
Here at Euro Plus Automotive, we service all models of Porsche vehicles in the Los Angeles County, CA areas of Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, and the greater San Fernando Valley. As we mentioned before, water pump issues can occur in any vehicle; yet Porsches require specialized care and a high level of expertise. If you would like to know more about our shop and our qualifications, or would like to schedule an inspection, please request an appointment online or call us directly.
We don’t have to tell you how important it is to keep an eye on your gas mileage—it’s one of the most important qualities of any car for the average driver. Your gas mileage can be an unwanted expense, especially if you drive a car that already doesn’t get great gas mileage. Volkswagens, however, are known for their consistently great fuel efficiency, which is one of the reasons why consumers continue to look to the brand for excellence. If you’ve noticed an increase in fuel consumption in your Volkswagen lately, it’s likely due to an issue that has recently come up that requires your attention. In this article we’ll go over some of the key reasons behind increased fuel consumption and what you can do for your VW to restore it back to its original functioning.
One of the biggest reasons for decreased fuel efficiency is inadequate tire health. Uneven wear patterns, improper pressure levels, and worn out treat can lead to a significant decrease in fuel economy; however, this issue is easily fixed. If your Volkswagen is showing signs of inefficient fuel use, it’s best to start with the tires—as they’re the simplest place to begin.
Your fuel injection system is what disperses the fuel into the engine for combustion and ignition processes. When the fuel injectors become clogged, which happens quite often and over periods of time of use, the fuel cannot make it into the engine in the proper amount, leading to an inefficient usage of fuel. Your fuel injectors should be inspected and cleaned routinely, as this can significantly reduce the likelihood of fuel consumption issues.
Your car has a specific, designated type of engine oil that works best for your specific Volkswagen car. If you use the wrong type of engine oil, it can lead to inefficient fuel use as your engine compensates for the extra heat generated by unnecessary friction. Your recommended oil type can be found in your owner’s manual, along with instructions for properly filling your tires with the right amount of pressure.
Many drivers underestimate the effect their own driving habits and typical driving conditions have on their gas mileage. Driving with a lead foot surely takes its toll on your engine, particularly your fuel consumption. Slow and steady acceleration is the most optimal way for your VW to utilize its fuel, and fast acceleration always burns gas too quickly. Paying attention to how you’re driving, or noticing any changes in your route, can help reduce your fuel consumption significantly.
In the ignition and combustion processes, the spark plugs play an integral role in igniting the fuel/oxygen mixture. When the spark plugs aren’t working properly or have begun to wear out, it can play a huge part in inefficient gas usage. Your spark plugs need to be replaced at a certain interval—be sure to refer to your Volkswagen owner’s manual to follow these guidelines.
Failing oxygen sensors and air filters are a few of the top reasons why gas mileage suffers in some VWs. As we mentioned before, the right fuel-to-oxygen ratio is critical for optimal combustion and ignition. If the ratio is off due to insufficient oxygen levels, then fuel consumption can skyrocket. It’s important to have sensors and air filters checked out regularly to prevent this issue.
Gas is expensive these days, and the Volkswagen professionals here at Euro Plus Automotive make it a point to optimize our clients’ vehicle functioning to save them money in the long run. Serving Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, the greater San Fernando Valley, and other areas in Los Angeles County, CA, since 1984 we have catered to a diverse clientele and have honed our knowledge and skills working specifically with Volkswagen cars. If you’ve noticed a decrease in your fuel efficiency recently, the problem could be related to any of the aforementioned issues. To schedule a diagnostic procedure and restore your VW to its optimal performance level, please call us directly or fill out our “make an appointment” form on our website.
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