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Yearly Archives: 2022

What Are the Signs of Failing Spark Plugs?

What Are the Signs of Failing Spark Plugs?

Your spark plugs may look tiny, but they are a powerful piece in preserving your vehicle. They continually transmit electrical signals to the ignition coil to get your car from point a to point b. Spark plugs provide the "spark" that ultimately powers your engine. We highly suggest that you regularly inspect your spark plugs to ensure you're getting optimal performance from your machine. Here are some symptoms that indicate your current spark plugs are declining: Stalling or Misfiring Engine Old spark plugs have a more difficult time creating the spark to your motor. When the wire connection to your spark plugs is loose or damaged, the engine will feel stuttery. If your car stalls when trying to turn it on, it is likely that the problem can be traced back to your spark plugs. Lowered Fuel Economy If you notice that you have to stop for gas more often than usual, you should see if your spark plugs need replacement. Failing spark plugs will result in an overconsumption ... read more

5 Strange Car Noises You Should Never Ignore

5 Strange Car Noises You Should Never Ignore

We spend so much time in our cars that we get used to things, like the steady sound of the engine at normal operating speed. When something sounds different, we know right away. It's a good thing because strange sounds can signal something going wrong inside the engine. You shouldn't ignore the five noises: popping, knocking, hissing, squealing, and rumbling. Popping: a leaking or failing exhaust system can lead to popping noises, like small backfires. When the exhaust leaks the engine performance decreases because gasses that should go out the tailpipe are backing up into the combustion chambers. They should only have gas and air at a precise mixture for peak performance. Knocking: If you've ever stepped on the gas and heard your engine knock as your car is slow to react, you'll know the knocking sound. This means your engine systems aren't working properly. A leaking exhaust and a clogged air filter can both cause engine knocks. Hissing: The most common cause ... read more

Can Heat Cause Your Windshield Damage to Worsen?

Can Heat Cause Your Windshield Damage to Worsen?

If you’ve spent your fair share of time on the road, you know that sometimes windshield damage is unavoidable. You might’ve caught minor chips, scratches, or even cracks on your windshield. But in your eyes, they are so minuscule that you choose to avoid it. Fast forward to summer, and you realize that it was a mistake. Can the summer heat worsen your windshield damage? – the answer is that it can!   To understand how this can be, you’ll need to understand that most windshields consist of two layers. Therefore, minor damage typically only impacts the outer layer. During the summer, our cars can get extremely hot. With higher temperatures, more pressure is put on the glass to cause it to crack or expand.   What can also worsen the damage even more is when you try to cool your car down. When you crank the A/C up too fast, it can cause a temperature shock from the inner layer of glass. And as a result, the damage can spread quicker.   Instead ... read more

What Is a Cooling System Flush?

What Is a Cooling System Flush?

A cooling system flush is a process of cleaning the various components of your car's cooling system. This includes the radiator, water pump, and thermostat. There are various reasons why you might need to flush your cooling system. The following are six common signs that indicate your cooling system needs to be flushed: 1. Your car is overheating If your car overheats, it could signify that your cooling system needs to be flushed. Overheating can cause damage to various engine components, so it's important to address the problem as soon as possible. 2. Your car is leaking coolant If you notice that your car is leaking coolant, it's a good idea to get the cooling system flushed. Leaks can lead to overheating and other problems, so it's essential to take care of them immediately. 3. The radiator hoses are cracked or damaged If the radiator hoses are cracked or damaged, it can cause coolant to leak out. This can lead to overheating and other problems, so it's imp ... read more

What Does the Serpentine Belt Do?

What Does the Serpentine Belt Do?

Last month, we went in-depth on the vehicle’s timing belt and all the things it does. But did you know that your car has more than one belt? One of them is called the serpentine belt, and it has the ability to run all your car’s vital accessories.     This snake-like belt runs through various parts of your vehicle. It has a pulley attached to the engine, where it gets its power from. The serpentine belt powers your power steering pump, alternator, air conditioning compressor, and so much more. Without this powerful belt, none of these would work.   At KAMS Auto Service, we understand the importance of the serpentine belt. Without one, you won’t get very far. Over time, this rubber belt can wear down, crack, and even break. That is why it is imperative you inspect your belt often. One of our technicians at KAMS Auto service would gladly check it for you when your car is due for service.    Your automaker has a recommended interval or ... read more

What Happens When Your Timing Belt Breaks?

What Happens When Your Timing Belt Breaks?

You may be wondering what a timing belt is before asking yourself what will happen to your car after it snaps. A timing belt, also referred to as a cam belt, is a continuous rubber loop with ridges on it. The loop's main purpose is to make internal combustion engines run continuously. It harmonizes the rotations of the crankshaft(controls pistons) and the camshaft(controls valves) To simply put it, the timing belt balances the timing of closing and opening of valves with up-and-down motion of the pistons. Why is a Timing Belt Important? A snapped cam belt can damage your car's engine within no time. If it breaks while you're driving, the camshaft will stop turning as the crankshaft continues to spin at 1000 rotations per minute. Consequently, the pistons will continue to fall and rise in their cylinders and strike closed valves. If such an incident occurs, the valves, pistons, and cylinder heads get damaged. Additionally, the destruction may be virtually instantaneous s ... read more

What Does a Car Water Pump Do?

What Does a Car Water Pump Do?

The water pump plays a vital role in the safety and functionality of your vehicle, so it makes sense to ensure that it's in good condition and working well. Here we take a look at what a water pump is and why it's so important. We also list the symptoms that could indicate there's a problem with your water pump, enabling you to seek assistance before your engine sustains permanent damage. What is a Water Pump? The water pump is a belt-driven pump that works by harnessing energy from the crankshaft. What Does a Water Pump do? Because an engine consists of numerous parts that move together rapidly and repeatedly, it generates a considerable amount of heat. The water pump acts to push coolant around the engine from the radiator. The coolant removes heat from the engine, enabling it to operate at a safe temperature. If the water pump isn't operating correctly or fails completely, the engine will overheat. This can result in components warping and buckling, or failing ... read more

Where Do I Go If I Need Brake Service?

Where Do I Go If I Need Brake Service?

As impeccable customer care is among our highest priorities, we at our auto repair shop always think about the safety of our community's motorists. That is why we do our best to provide them with the most professional brake service and repair in the area. No matter what make, brand, or model of vehicle you drive, we are here to take care of your braking system. Usually, there are several signs that show you that you need to have the brakes of your car inspected by a qualified mechanic: When applying the brakes, grinding or squeaking noises could be heard The brake warning light on the dashboard turns on Your vehicle takes longer to stop or slow down The brake pedal feels soft The brake fluid level is low When you encounter such symptoms and take your car to our certified and experienced auto techs, they will apply their knowledge and expertise to quickly locate and deal with the problem. Our state-of-the-art tools and equipment will allow us to bring you back on the roads in ... read more

How Often Should I Be Measuring My Car's Tire Pressure

How Often Should I Be Measuring My Car's Tire Pressure

It doesn't require an automotive expert to know that air expands in higher temperatures and contracts in colder temperatures. As a result of this phenomenon, vehicle owners should regularly check the air in their tires. There are various ways to check tire pressure, including the traditional gauge tool. Most gas stations will also have a measure and refill air station that you can use. Most drivers see the most noticeable tire fluctuations in winter, as the cold temperatures can cause the pressure to drop by as much as five psi, which is pretty drastic. Plus, driving on under-inflated tires is considered unsafe. Not only can it increase your risk of an accident, but it can cause uneven wear and premature tire wear. As the seasons come and go, you may wonder how often you should check the air in your tires.   How Often Should You Check Tire Pressure As the seasons affect the pressure of your tires, you may be wondering how often you should be checking the pressure. The ans ... read more

Signs To Replace Your Wiper Blades

Signs To Replace Your Wiper Blades

Wiper blades are necessary for the Acworth drivers, especially during this time of year. The transition from fall to winter can be harsh and abrupt in Southwest Virginia, so it's best to be prepared for inclement weather conditions. We often forget about replacing our wiper blades and don't consider them part of our normal vehicle maintenance. However, they are just as crucial to your safety as an oil change or tire service. If you want to be extra careful, your wipers should be replaced every six to twelve months. The interval between each replacement can vary depending on use, blade quality, and other environmental factors.  Typically, all cars will have a set of wiper blades for the windshield. If you have an SUV or vehicle that sits higher, you may also have rear windshield wipers. Most of the time, you can utilize your senses to determine whether you need new wiper blades. Proper functioning wipers should always be able to clear off the dirt, rain, or snow on your wi ... read more

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