Water leaking in mid-section of car

I have a new reservoir, but today coolant leaking from under midway of the car, and causing reservoir to lose water. Is it my water pump?

My car has 230000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
Hi, thanks for writing in. Typically when coolant is leaking in the center of vehicle, it comes from the water pump or the primary coolant line attached from the pump to the block. In order to verify this you can crawl under the vehicle and inspect the seals on the pump to see if they’ve been pushed out or are cracked. With over 200,000 miles, if the OEM water pump has never been replaced, it’s a good possibility that this is your issue. If you need help with replacing the water pump, consider contacting one of our local ASE certified mechanics, as they would be able to come directly to your home or office to perform the replacement for you.

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A Coolant leak at the front and center of your car

A leak in this area is a likely sign of a faulty water pump. Leaks tend to occur when the gaskets and seals that connect the water pump to the cooling system fail as they get older, causing coolant liquid to leak and puddle under the engine.

Coolant Leaking

One of the first signs of a potentially faulty water pump is a puddle of coolant on the ground where you`ve parked your car. The pump is made up of several different gaskets and seals that will eventually dry out, crack or break. When this happens, the coolant will leak from the pump.

The water pump contains several seals and gaskets that keep coolant enclosed and secure as it flows throughout the engine. As these seals and gaskets age, they will become worn, cracked, and dried out. Once this occurs, the coolant can leak from the water pump.
The whole purpose of pump seals – either mechanical seals or packing seals – is to contain the pressure of the pumping process and withstand the friction of the pump shaft rotating to prevent the pump from leaking.
When a water pump gets replaced, it`s not unusual to have some coolant leaking and for the weep hole to see some seepage. If the leak is small, it could just be from the seal`s break-in period.

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