How much does it cost to replace a car water pump?

According to our research, the water pump replacement cost (UK) usually ranges between £120 and £375 (but can be a lot more expensive for sports and luxury models).

The average water pump replacement cost works out at approximately £200, including parts and labour.

Can I carry out a car water pump replacement myself?

Replacing a car water pump isn’t as straightforward as you might think. We’d suggest only a competent and experienced home mechanic undertake this repair/replacement. If you don’t get things quite right, the consequences can be severe, leading to engine failure.

Replacing the pump itself isn’t the hard part—it’s removing and reconnecting the timing belts or chains, and that’s a job better left to a qualified mechanic.

What are the water pump replacement costs at a dealership compared to Fixter garages?

If you replace your water pump with Fixter, on average, we save our customers around 30% against dealership prices. Not only do you save money, but you also receive superb end-to-end service.

It’s the most convenient way to carry out car repairs, upgrades, services, and MOTs you’ll find. Who else collects your car and delivers it back to you when the work is complete?

What additional factors could affect water pump replacement?

Time is the biggest factor. As we’ve said, they can be tricky to get to, so the labour costs can creep up with those problem replacements.

Another major consideration when you replace your water pump is your timing belt.

The water pump relies on the timing belt to ensure its optimum performance. A worn or loose timing belt can impact the water pump’s operation significantly, which, in some circumstances, can result in engine seizing. As you can imagine, replacing an engine is likely the most expensive and troublesome repair a driver can ever expect to suffer. That’s why when it’s time to change a water pump or the timing belt, they’re almost always carried out together.

You’ll also need to replace the coolant in your system and seal all the joints with the correct sealant.

What are the costs of water pump replacement parts?

Prices for new water pumps vary for each make and model of car. We looked at typical prices from Eurocarparts for replacement water pumps for a few popular vehicles.

In our search, we took an average for standard 2020 models.

Car Make

Car Model

Water Pump Prices

Ford

Fiesta

£49

Fiat

500

£35

Volkswagen

Golf

£73

Mercedes

C Class

£67

Audi

A4

£62

BMW

5 Series

£52

Volkswagen

Tiguan

£62

Audi

Q5

£104

What are the labour times and rates for car water pump replacement?

A simple swap on a vehicle with easy access to the pump should take around two hours. However, in trickier situations with harder to access or problematic pumps, it can take nearer four hours or even all day.

Water pump replacement costs vary across the country according to each garage and dealership. We took a look at our records to work out the average hourly rate to help keep you, our customers, informed and up to date.

We found for garages within the London area, the average rate came out at £78 per hour. For the garages throughout the rest of the country, the price was a little lower, as you’d expect, at £72 per hour.

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