When most people hear the term “water pump”, their immediate thought is the pump that propels engine coolant through the engine, keeping it within optimum operating temperature. While that is certainly the most important one, there’s actually another pump on your car in some models and makes (not all cars have an auxiliary pump).
The auxiliary water regulates temperature on the car’s inside during cold days. It’s responsible for sending additional hot coolant through the car’s heater core, allowing you to work the heater (your car’s heater uses engine heat to warm the air that’s blown out of the vents). They were first used in the 1980s on diesel vehicles, but since then have seen adoption on gasoline engines as well.
Your best defense against a failed auxiliary water pump is to work with our expert mechanics that understand that these pumps are becoming more common, and can account for the pump’s presence when diagnosing heater problems. Note that auxiliary water pump failure will not affect the blower motor or the air conditioner operation – it only affects the production of heat, and these symptoms can range from creating mildly warm air to the heater blowing cold air.
While replacing a failed auxiliary water pump is not critical for vehicle performance, it can be an inconvenience, particularly during the middle of winter if your heater can’t keep you warm. Your heater may also have trouble keeping your windows clear on humid and cold days. If you notice your car’s heater is not working properly, have it diagnosed by one of our expert mechanics.
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