Honda will recall 200,000 cars worldwide. The problem? Water pump pulleys that can come loose. The Hondas in the recall are Japanese-built cars manufactured between July 2008 and July 2010. Honda has received 63 customer reports in Japan of engine malfunctions as a result of the defect, but said none has led to accidents which, if true, is a real blessing.
How do you know if your car has a problem with the water pump pulley? You may hear noises if the bolts get loose or if the water pump has become dislodged. Hopefully, if the water pump pulley does go astray, warning lights will appear on the dashboard and power assistance to the steering may be lost – although that would be the least of your concerns once the engine started overheating.