What does a water pump do?
Your car’s water pump is responsible for circulating the engine coolant around the cooling system. It is located in the engine bay and is usually powered from the engine drive belt.
How often should a water pump need replacing?
Due to the importance of their operation, water pumps are often replaced before they fail. It is recommended that a water pump be replaced between 60k and 90k miles of operation. It is also advisable that the timing belt, idler pulleys, and tensioner be replaced at the same time.
The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT
An obviously leaking water pump will fail an MOT. A very slight drip or suspected leak may cause an advisory measure, which given the impact a leaking water pump can have on the engine, it should be checked and replaced straight away.
What causes a water pump to stop working correctly?
A water pump and its components can wear out over time. This may result in leaking or a reduced pumping capacity.
It is imperative that your **water pump **operates correctly, as failure to pump coolant through your engine can cause engine overheating and irreparable damage to your engine.
Symptoms of a malfunctioning water pump
Fluid underneath the engine
If there are patches or puddles of fluid on the floor beneath your engine, it could be a leaking water pump.
Fluid in the engine bay
If you spot fluid leaking around the water pump in the engine bay, then your water pump may be damaged.
The car won’t start
If your car doesn’t start, it could be due to** failed water pump **operation.
The engine temperature is high
If the temperature gauge reads higher than normal or your engine is overheating, it could be caused by a malfunctioning water pump.
The engine temperature warning light is illuminated
Any dashboard warning light is an indicator that a sensor has detected an incorrect operation. An engine temperature warning could be related to your water pump.
Dacia is a Romanian automobile manufacturer, established over 50 years ago in 1966, and has been a subsidiary of the French car manufacturer Renault since 1999.
Dacia is Romania’s top company by revenue and the largest exporter, constituting 7.3% of the country’s total exports in 2014.
How popular is Dacia in the United Kingdom?
Dacia offers great value budget motoring—but don’t think just because they’re cheap they’re not worth the money. The Sandero hatchback is Britain’s cheapest new car and has been receiving high praise from many of the critics and car reviewers throughout the country.
There are currently 137k Dacia vehicles on the roads in the UK, but that number is showing steady, solid growth year by year. Having only been introduced into the UK market in 2013, and with the popularity growing through their more than affordable yet reliable cars, it’s looking like they’re only heading from strength to strength.
Superb value city cars, MPVs and SUVs
With a neat but tidy range featuring the Logan estate, the Sandero hatchback, the Duster SUV and the Lodgy MPV, Dacia looks to be aiming primarily towards budget conscious family drivers.
Yet with the provision of new technologies, the model platforms and the support of Renault behind them, they’re in a great position to offer not only the low prices they’re renowned for but with real substance to back them up.
Dacia: Don’t let the UK numbers fool you
Despite being a relative newcomer to the UK market, Dacia has been manufacturing and selling cars around the world for a lot longer than they have here. The global success of this Romanian marque stands at over 4.5m units sold worldwide since the Renault supported relaunch in 2004. It became the fastest growing retail brand in Europe in 2017, with sales of the Sandero rising by 16%, and selling almost 200k units.
Dacia’s reliability and reputation
Dacia ranked 13th place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018, and for a budget car marque that isn’t something to be taken lightly. When you consider they ranked higher than some of the industry giants: Fiat, BMW, VW, Audi, Volvo—even Porsche and Mercedes-Benz—this is a marque that is making waves as the new kid on the block.
Recent Dacia recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Dacia models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
26/03/2019 – Dacia Logan (2017–2018)
The lower steering column mounting bracket
04/01/2019 – Dacia Logan and Sandero (2018)
Driver’s airbag may not deploy correctly
04/01/2019 – Dacia Logan and Sandero (2013–2015)
Risk of fuel leak
04/04/2019 – Dacia Duster (2016–2017)
Trailer lighting may fail
20/03/2019 – Dacia Logan (2017)
Front wheel hubs may crack
19/09/2017 – Dacia Duster (2017)
Incorrect wiring in horn system can cause one or more safety faults
20/12/2016 – Dacia Logan and Sandero (2012)
Driver’s airbag may not deploy
23/02/2016 – Dacia Logan and Sandero (2015)
Steering may fail
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.