How long will a water pump last after it starts leaking?

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asked Dec 1, 2020 in Other-Cars/Transportation by DobberK (910 points)
How long will a water pump last after it starts leaking?

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answered Dec 1, 2020 by Shelde (49,390 points)
When a water pump starts leaking it's a sign that the water pump is failing and is in need of replacement within a few miles.

Once the water pump starts leaking you should get it fixed if it's leaking out the weep hole because when water pumps leak out the weep hole it's a sign that the water pump is bad.

So it needs replaced right away.

If you plug the weep hole on a water pump the water pump will stop leaking and can get you down the road in an emergency.

However the weep hole leaking on the water pump is a sign that the water pump seals are going out or have gone out and the water pump needs replaced.

I have had to plug the weep hole on the water pump before on my truck to get down the road when it started slightly leaking.

However I got a new water pump as soon as I got to a shop the same day and then replaced the water pump before I drove any further except to get home.

Water pumps start leaking out of the weep hole for a good purpose and they should never be plugged and you continue driving.

The weep hole leaking coolant on a vehicles water pump means the water pump is failing or has failed.

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