Preventing Water Pump Comebacks [RR 929]

Recorded at MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, Frank Woodson from Gates discusses the importance of proper vehicle maintenance, focusing on water pump failures and electrolysis in cooling systems. Frank explains that 70-72% of water pump failures are due to weep leaks from seal failure, often caused by neglected coolant. The episode highlights the significance of thorough diagnostics and maintenance to avoid unnecessary repairs and ensure vehicle reliability.

Frank Woodson, Training Manager, North America Aftermarket, Gates Corporation 

Show Notes

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  • Bobby Bassett’s Influence (00:01:08) The impact of Bobby Bassett, a former trainer, on the decision to focus on water pumps and the importance of his episode.
  • Understanding Water Pump Failures (00:02:12) The discussion revolves around Bobby Bassett’s foresight and the importance of understanding coolant and water pump failures.
  • Preventing Water Pump Comebacks (00:05:46) The potential to prevent water pump comebacks through proper maintenance and the significance of addressing weep leaks and contamination.
  • Water Pump Warranty Sort (00:08:40) Insights into the process of conducting water pump warranty sorts and the significance of analyzing water pump failures.
  • Challenges in Implementing Preventative Measures (00:10:10) The challenges and complexities in educating the industry about the importance of preventative measures for water pump maintenance.
  • Advancements in Hydraulic Hoses (00:12:47) Discussions about new sealing types and hose technologies, including the introduction of unique designs for hydraulic applications.
  • Serpentine Belt System and Alignment Tests (00:13:43) The significance of the serpentine belt system and the use of alignment tests, such as the spray bottle test, to diagnose issues.
  • Teaching about Hydraulics (00:16:16) The satisfaction of teaching and discussing the impact of the serpentine belt system and hydraulics on automotive components.
  • Electrolysis in Cooling Systems (00:17:05) Conversations about the prevalence of electrolysis in cooling systems and the importance of diagnosing and addressing it effectively.
  • Leak source and troubleshooting (00:18:25) Exploring potential sources of leaks and the importance of addressing ground issues and dirty coolant in electrolysis troubleshooting.
  • Signs of electrolysis and pump seal failure (00:19:07) Recognizing signs of electrolysis in water pumps and the impact on pump seal failure.

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