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.
Skoda Auto is a Czech automobile manufacturer originally founded in 1895 as Laurin & Klement. In 1925 Laurin & Klement was acquired by the industrial conglomerate Skoda Works, which itself became state-owned in 1948.
In 2000 Skoda became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group.
How popular is Skoda in the United Kingdom?
Skoda’s growing success has been down to strong support from its parent VW Group and its credibility as a mainstream supplier of great value sensible cars.
The number of Skoda cars on the road in the UK has grown consistently over the past 20 years to over 740k and rising.
Great value, solid, sensible motoring
With models so closely related to those of Volkswagen, Audi and Seat, it’s no surprise that the mechanics behind Skoda’s straightforward range of practical town and city cars has proven so reliable and increased in popularity over time.
They deliver models from city car to saloon, and as you’d expect in today’s market, there’s a couple of SUV models thrown in to complete the set.
Skoda supply an abundance of choice and trim for differing budgets
There are a plethora of trim levels available for every model—and that’s not forgetting Skoda’s entry into the electric car market too.
The Skoda Citigoe iV
Skoda’s 4-seater city car electric model is powered exclusively by a 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery allowing for a range of 265km. With zero emissions and compact dimensions, the Cititgoe iV is the ideal city car, taking into account its practical interior storage, nimble footprint and ecological performance.
Skoda’s reliability and reputation
Skoda ranked 7th place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018.
Given that most of the marques to make the top 10 were Japanese or Asian manufacturers, it’s quite an achievement for this budget brand to attain such a high rank and efficiency score—only 2.1% behind the number one spot (Suzuki: 97.7% efficient).
Recent Skoda recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Skoda models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
17/05/2019 – Skoda Karoq (2018)
The locking pin for securing the head restraints may be missing from the central rear seat
15/02/2019 – Skoda Octavia and Skoda Karoq (2018)
The fitting of the headrest in the rear seat’s backrest may be defective
02/03/2018 – Skoda Karoq (2017)
In the event of the curtain airbag being deployed, parts of the covering of the A-pillar could break off
09/02/2018 – Skoda Citigo (2017)
The towing eye fitted to the vehicle may be defective
26/01/2018 – Skoda Octavia and Skoda Superb (2017)
The strength of the rear wheel bearing housing may be insufficient
14/07/2017 – Skoda Octavia (2008–2009)
A thermal overload can lead to an insufficient earth connection and interrupt the current flow to components int eh ABS/ESC control unit
15/04/2017 – Skoda Superb (2016)
Due to abnormalities in the chemical composition of the initiating device, the seat belt tensioner on the passenger seats may fail to trigger in the event of an accident
19/11/2016 – Skoda Citigo (2016)
The front panel of the sunroof may become detached on account of inadequate bonding and may fall on to the road
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.