Do you own a 2009–2010 Toyota Corolla or Toyota Matrix 1.8L?
- Have you ever seen small pools of pink fluid in your driveway or garage?
- How about pink, crusty staining under the hood?
- Do you get a whiff of sweet-smelling ethylene glycol when you get out of your car?
- Do you hear abnormal metallic growling noises from the engine compartment?
If this sounds like your trusty Toyota, you are most likely leaking coolant (antifreeze) from under the front passenger side of your vehicle and your water pump is probably failing.
What is a water pump?
The water pump is critical for coolant circulation and heat transfer from the engine to the radiator. In most cases, it is a simple, vane-style pump driven by either the serpentine belt or the timing belt or chain. Essentially, the pump pushes coolant into the engine block and cylinder head where heat is absorbed. The coolant travels past the thermostat, when open, into the radiator, where it cools before returning to the pump. Electric pumps have become more popular with the advent of hybrid technology, and as manufacturers look to eliminate belt-driven engine accessories.
Is the water pump on my 2009–2010 Toyota Corolla / Matrix driven by a timing belt or chain?
No, the water pump on your 2009–2010 Toyota Corolla or Matrix is driven by a serpentine belt, which may or may not require replacement at the same time. This can be determined during the inspection and diagnosis of your coolant leak.
How much will a new water pump cost for my 2009–2010 Toyota Corolla / Matrix?
Pricing for a new water pump can range from $233–$333.
What should I do if I am experiencing any of the above mentioned concerns?
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Article written by an ASE Certified Technician