10 Amazing Water Pump and Fuel Pump Fails Shared on Social Media

We’ve compiled a list of spectacular fails collected from Reddit.com/r/JustRolledIntoTheShop that’ll make even the most seasoned tech cringe. These posts prove that sometimes, the customer had no clue what was going on:


Pump fail cardboard

This car owner brought in his vehicle for a new water pump. He gave the tech specific instructions to “not mess up his creation.” Well…here’s what he found (yes, that’s cardboard in the engine bay).


Pump fail bad pump

Three technicians told the owner of this 1999 Nissan Sentra that the sound coming her engine was the timing chain tensioner. See the impellers? Nope. The 4th technician took a look at the water pump and found the issue.


Pump fail 5 yrs

You’d probably think this water pump spent some time in the ocean and acquired some barnacles. Nope, it’s just 5 years old and wasn’t well maintained.


Pump fail decor

The owner of this vehicle must have thought the water pump was only there for decoration.


Pump fail misfire

The owner of this F-150 said that his truck misfires when taking on ramps. This was the fuel pump module the tech took off the car. Any guess as to what could be wrong?


Pump fail replace

This is what happens when people who don’t know what they’re doing try to replace fuel pumps. We don’t know whether to say “whoops” or just give a giant facepalm.


Pump fail clog

Do you think the fuel pump on this Ford might be clogged?


Pump fail sugar

The customer wanted to know why there was so much sand on their fuel pump. Unfortunately, someone “sugared” the engine, and that’s actual sugar on the fuel pump.


Pump fail rusty

To call this fuel pump “rusty” would be quite an understatement.


Pump fail neglect

This is what happens when you neglect your water pump. Our advice? Just don’t.

If you’re in need of a new water pump or fuel pump, it’s best to go with a proven manufacturer who makes OEM-quality parts. If you have any questions about what your vehicle needs, feel free to call our experts or browse our selection online.

And remember to properly maintain your fuel and coolant systems to prevent these kinds of ‘fails’!


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