lucyan ... 4/25/2013
2006 Toyota Corolla CE 4 Cyl 1.8L
How do I know my water pump is really leaking?
The car has 30,000 miles and I was told the water pump was leaking. However, I need proof to make sure I am not being ripped off. I have placed paper under the car to check and didn't notice any water. I have done this numerous time. If I go to a repair shop is there some kind of test they can do to verify if the water pump is leaking? Or should I request they put the car on a lift and show me the leakage?
The simplest test to perform would be a cooling system pressure test. You can do this test yourself, with the engine cold - by using a pressure tester kit - available usually for free or for a small fee (like a deposit) from any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA - and the like.