Got questions about the water pump in your Volkswagen? This guide has all the answers you need.
How Water Pumps and Serpentine Belts Work Together
The water pump and the serpentine belt (also called timing belt) in your Volkswagen work together to keep the engine cool. The belt powers the water pump, causing it to push coolant through your car’s engine and radiator.
To read more about how your pump and belt work together, check out this article: How VW Water Pumps and Serpentine Belts Work Together
Why You Need a Functioning Water Pump in Your VW
When a water pump fails, the engine is no longer cooled adequately. The engine overheats and can be damaged in various ways: blown head gaskets, burnt pistons, or cracked cylinder heads, to name a few. You can read more about what happens when your water pump fails: Why You Need a Functioning Water Pump in Your VW
That’s why it’s really important to look out for the symptoms of a failing water pump and then replace it as soon as possible.
How to Replace Your Water Pump
Replacing your water pump at home is a great way to save money. However, keep in mind that you need some experience to pull off this project without any issues. There are many VW model-specific tutorials you can find on the web. We have a good tutorial for Beetles: VW Beetle Tutorial: Replacing the Water Pump
How to Find the Right OEM Replacement Water Pump For Your VW
To find the right replacement water pump, do a search on your Volkswagen in our catalog of genuine OEM water pumps. You can also see if your car is in this list of our best sellers: