Unfreezing a Water Pump

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A frozen water pump can spell havoc for your entire vehicle during the winter. Learn about unfreezing a water pump with help from an expert in the automotive industry in this free video on auto repair.

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Hi, I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Today, we're going to talk about your water pump and what we need to do if it should freeze up. This is the inside of the water pump. When the belt on the engine turns the pump it forces the fluid from one port to the other. If the fluid inside of this water pump or inside of your engine should freeze or become a solid, you wouldn't want to start your engine. You've got to get your engine somewhere where it's warm so that you can thaw this fluid and then you can turn your pump. Another way this pump can freeze up, your engine spins, the belt rides on this pulley and it turns this pulley like this. Behind this impeller is a bearing. If the bearing was to fail, this pump could freeze. If the pump freezes up solid and the pulley will not move, we'll need to replace this pump as an assembly. These are a couple of quick tips about what to do if your water pump freezes. I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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