A Comprehensive Guide to VW Water Pumps

Got questions about the water pump in your Volkswagen? This guide has all the answers you need.

OEM VW Water Pump

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:

  • Part No. 06H-121-026-DD: For 2012-2017 Beetle, CC, Eos, GTI, Jetta, and Tiguan models
  • Part No. 06K-121-011-C: For 2016-2018 Atlas, Beetle, GTI, Golf, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan models
  • Part No. 06L-121-012-A: For 2017-2018 Golf R models
  • Part No. 03H-121-008-K: For 2011-2018 Atlas and Touareg models