Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire with an estimated population of 785,000.
Leeds has become the largest legal and financial centre outside London. Its financial and insurance industries are worth £13billion to the city’s economy alone. It is also the UK’s 3rd largest manufacturing centre employing around 39k employees and adding over £7billion to the economy.
Home to Leeds Rhinos rugby league team, Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union team, Headingly and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, perhaps the most famous of Leeds’ sporting champions is Leeds United FC. Formed in 1919, and situated at the Elland Road Stadium, they have won The FA Cup, The League Cup and were runners-up in the European Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup to boot.
The most popular cars in Leeds
With Leeds location sitting in the heart of the West Riding, the VW Golf is an ideal family car and city commute vehicle; it is estimated to be the most popular car in Leeds, according to data provided between 2012 to 2018 by ownership and postcode.
Close on its heels—and in order of popularity—are the Mercedes A-Class, Ford Fiesta, VW Tiguan and the Nissan Qashqai.
Vehicle numbers in Leeds
There are approximately 314,000 licensed vehicles in the Leeds area, with some of the most popular models including the Ford Focus, the Mini and the VW Polo.
Fixter garages in Leeds
There are a total of 19 Fixter garages in the Leeds area, all ready and waiting to provide you with a fantastic quote for your car service, MOT and a wide range of vehicle repairs.
Fixter garages service the following postcodes and more, in and around the Leeds area:
- LS1: City Centre, Leeds
- LS2: Woodhouse, Leeds
- LS3 & LS4: Burley & Kirkstall, Leeds
- LS5: Hawksworth, Leeds
- LS6: Headingly, Hyde Park, Beckett Park & Meanwood, Leeds
- LS7: Chapel Allerton, Beck Hill Lovell Park & Potternewton, Leeds
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.