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Automotive Tips from Brothers Tire: Battery Testing

Posted February 27, 2018 11:42 AM

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Brothers Tire when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.

Batteries are a big ticket item for most Kannapolis drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.

Your Brothers Tire service advisor can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for North Carolina drivers because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner.

Brothers Tire
1216 N Main St
Kannapolis, North Carolina 28081
(704) 933-2203

 



Engine Hydration for Kannapolis Drivers: Role of Your Water Pump

Posted February 20, 2018 10:08 AM

The cooling system in an engine has five components: the radiator, the radiator cap, the hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The water is literally the heart of the system. Just as your own heart keeps your blood circulating through your body, the water pump keeps coolant circulating through your engine.

The water pump is driven by a belt, chain or gear and only operates while the engine is running. It has a limited life span and sooner or later will have to be replaced. You can check your owner's manual to find out how long your water pump should last. Some can fail at only 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers), but almost all of them fail by 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers).

Water pumps don't gradually wear out; they fail. In other words, they're either working or they're not. A failed water pump has to be replaced.

Water pumps can fail in two ways: they can spring a leak or their bearings fail. Leaks can come from a cracked pump but usually develop at the gasket where the pump attaches to the engine.

If you hear a low-pitched grinding sound coming from the water pump, it's time for a new one. If you see coolant leaking in the area near the pump, it needs to be replaced. Also, coolant on the driveway could indicate water pump failure. Many water pumps aren't visible because they're under a plastic cover, so you may have to take your vehicle to Brothers Tire to know if the water pump has failed. If your water pump is run by the timing belt, then it should be replaced when you replace the belt. Most timing belts need to be replaced at around 60,000 to 90,000 miles (100,000 to 150,000 kilometers). The labor for replacing a timing belt is about 90% the same for replacing a water pump, so it's cost-effective to take care of them both at the same time. Also, if your water pump develops a leak (if it's powered by the timing belt), you have to replace the timing belt as well since contamination by coolant fluid damages the belt. It just makes sense for Kannapolis residents to replace both of these parts whenever either one needs it.

Replacing a water pump at Brothers Tire is a vehicle care issue that almost all of us Kannapolis residents face eventually. They don't last forever. On the other hand, we can extend the life of most of the components of our vehicle through preventive maintenance. Just as exercise and diet keep our heart healthy, regular check-ups and fluid changes will keep our vehicles healthy. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Brothers Tire service advisor.

Brothers Tire
1216 N Main St
Kannapolis, North Carolina 28081
(704) 933-2203



Brothers Tire: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Posted February 12, 2018 10:13 AM

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on Kannapolis streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide?

The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about 12,000 gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your vehicle needs a lot of air to keep going in Kannapolis. A lot of clean air is best.

You've seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your vehicle also works better when its internals are clean. When your vehicle air filter is dirty, it simply can't trap any more dirt, so the pollutants just pass through into your air intake system. From there it can clog your fuel injectors and even get into the motor itself. Not surprisingly, burning dust and pollen in your vehicle engine does you no good.

Replacing a dirty air filter at Brothers Tire in Kannapolis can improve your fuel economy by up to 10 percent. At today's Kannapolis fuel prices, you should be able to pay for a new air filter before your next oil change.

The verdict: When your vehicle engine air filter needs to be replaced; it needs to be replaced. How often depends entirely on the level of air pollution where you drive in North Carolina. A simple visual inspection at Brothers Tire in Kannapolis will tell you when you need a new engine air filter.

Brothers Tire
1216 N Main St
Kannapolis, North Carolina 28081
(704) 933-2203




Automotive Tips from Brothers Tire: Brake Noise

Posted February 05, 2018 06:46 AM

Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car when driving in Kannapolis. They eventually wear down.

When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound.

That’s when Kannapolis drivers should replace their brake pads at Brothers Tire. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.

If your brakes are making noise, ask your Brothers Tire service advisor to inspect your brakes. Addressing problems early will restore your safety and prevent expensive brake damage.

Brothers Tire
1216 N Main St
Kannapolis, North Carolina 28081
(704) 933-2203