Should I Replace the Water Pump At The Same Time As The Timing Belt?


Getting a water pump and timing belt replaced can be a daunting experience, comparing all the different quotes and choosing the right one can be tricky. Often customers come to us asking whether the water pump really needs to be replaced at the same time as the timing belt (also known as the cambelt). What we normally say is that whilst your water pump may not be faulty it may still make sense to get it replaced.


Number one reason is that on most cars, to get to the water pump, you normally have to remove the timing belt. If that is the case on your car as well, then it is advisable to replace the water pump at the same as the timing belt. The main reason for this is that the majority of the labour needed to replace the water pump will already have been done when replacing the timing belt. Taking into account that water pumps generally do not cost a lot, it makes sense to do both at the same time.


You will then avoid paying the same labour again if the water pump does go later down the line. Remember, it is likely the water pump will probably have worn quite a bit after some years of use anyway, and will need replacing sooner than later.

Keep in mind as well that making sure the water pump is in tip-top condition is key to avoid overheating of the engine, and avoid potentially expensive repairs. Even the slightest leak in or around the water pump can reduce the ability of the engine to keep itself cool.

That’s why we at ClickMechanic do always recommend to get both the timing belt and water pump replaced at the same time. We even have a dedicated job available in our repairs section on the site that will give you a full quote for a timing belt and water pump.

About Kurt Schleier

Resident classic car enthusiast and blogger at Clickmechanic.

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