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Parking Lot Etiquette 101

You might not think of parking lot etiquette until you come out of the store and see your beautiful European automobile dinged. Parking lots get tighter and tighter to accommodate more cars and in the process, they also become more frustrating and dangerous. You shouldn’t have to worry about your car in a parking lot but these days you do. Here are some tips from Kinetech Motor Werkes to protect your vehicle in parking lots and they boil down to being polite and using some common sense.

Line Etiquette

Line etiquette can be considered two different things, waiting in line for a parking space or staying within the space lines. If you blast past a car or row of cars because someone is waiting for a parking space, you increase your chances of running into a car backing out of another space. Staying well within parking space lines avoids cramped conditions and door dings from other car doors.

Backing Out Etiquette

Don’t just get into your car and blast out of the parking space. You might hit another car or, worse, a pedestrian. Make sure you’re clear to back out of your parking space before you do so. Use all your tools available to check for obstacles, including your mirrors and rearview camera. Wait your turn and then back out slowly to avoid danger. Be polite and let pedestrians walk by before you back out.

Pedestrian Etiquette

You shouldn’t just watch for pedestrians when you back out of a parking space. Pay attention to people as you drive through the parking lot. Pay special attention to little ones who might suddenly dart out in front of you. Don’t be rude. Give pedestrians the right-of-way. You wouldn’t want someone to nearly hit you as they speed through the parking lot when you’re walking in or out of the business.

Speeding Etiquette

Speeding isn’t polite, whether in a parking lot or on the road. It’s also dangerous, especially in parking lots. Driving at high speeds opens you up to an automobile accident with another car or a car-to-human collision which could result in death. Parking lot etiquette isn’t necessarily polite so much as it is safe. Being polite helps you stay safe in a parking lot and helps prevent parking lot damage to your car.

European automotive specialists Kinetech Motor Werkes in Indian Trail, NC, wants you to stay in your car no matter where you are. Bring your vehicle in for maintenance and repairs. You can reach us at 704-457-7821 for an appointment.

Why Does My Car Keep Overheating

Why Does My Car Keep Overheating?

It’s never safe to drive a car, truck, or SUV that is overheating. Not only do you run the risk of causing engine damage beyond the reason why the vehicle is overheating in the first place, but you also run the risk of setting the vehicle on fire. Normal engine temperatures reach as high as 220 degrees Fahrenheit before the radiator kicks in to cool things down. An overheating engine can get much, much hotter. Bring your vehicle into Kinetech Motor Werkes so we can determine why your car keeps overheating.

Thermostat

The engine thermostat is in charge of maintaining your vehicle’s engine temperature. It blocks coolant when you first start the car to allow the motor to heat up and then it releases the block so your cooling system can work to keep things under 220 degrees Fahrenheit. If the thermostat gets stuck in the block position, your cooling system will not release coolant the engine will overheat.

Water Pump

The water pump is in charge of pushing the coolant/water mixture through the engine to cool things down. If it’s broken or leaking, your engine will not get the radiator fluid it needs and it will overheat. As with the thermostat, the water pump can stop coolant flow altogether if isn’t functioning properly, which creates the same coolant-starved situation a bad thermostat can cause.

Radiator Fan

Once the thermostat opens and the water pump begins pumping coolant through the engine, the coolant draws heat away from working parts and transfers that heat to the radiator. The hot coolant cools down in the radiator before it is recirculated. A radiator fan helps expedite temperature reduction. If the fan isn’t working, hot coolant will recirculate back through the engine.

Radiator Cap

A loose or cracked radiator cap can also cause your vehicle’s engine to overheat. Your automobile’s cooling system works with pressure, and a loose or cracked radiator cap releases that pressure because it cannot create a vacuum seal. You may just need a new radiator cap if your car, truck, or SUV’s engine keeps overheating, or you might also need a coolant flush.

Finally, low coolant will also cause your engine to overheat so check your overflow and radiator only – please, only – when your engine is cool. If the coolant levels are fine, bring your vehicle into Kinetech Motor Werkes in Indian Trail, NC. Our number is 704-457-7821 and we specialize in preventative maintenance and repair for European automobiles. Call us today.

Exhaust System Problems – Signs Your Car Has Them

Exhaust System Problems – Signs Your Car Has Them

European automobiles are known for their power and handling and part of what makes them zoom as well as they do is their exhaust systems. Designed to process engine waste safely and efficiently, problems with an exhaust system can do more than result in a Check Engine light warning. It can introduce dangerous toxins into your vehicle’s cabin and the environment. Kinetech Motor Werkes lists signs of exhaust system problems so you can identify them quickly and have the issue fixed.

Excess Engine Noise

Do your neighbors stare at you angrily as you pull into your driveway? Does your spouse say she can hear you coming from a mile away? Your engine should not be overly noisy – the exhaust system helps control excess noise – and if you sound like a drag racer, you have muffler problems. 

Acceleration and Power Loss

How about if you sound like a drag racer but you can’t get your vehicle to accelerate like one, or even like it normally does? That’s also a sign of exhaust system trouble. Engine performance loss from a dead stop or while you’re driving indicates the exhaust system is not working as it should be.

Mileage Decrease

If your vehicle is struggling to gain and maintain power, it will burn more gasoline than normal and that means you’ll be heading to the gas station more often. This might seem like a small problem at first, but failure to fix the exhaust system will damage your engine and cost you more money in the end.

Burning Smells

You might notice burning smells from your engine if your exhaust manifold has cracked. It will burn plastic parts and engine wiring around it. If your catalytic converter is having trouble, you’ll smell rotten eggs – not a pleasant odor. Burning smells mean trouble, so stop driving your vehicle and call for a tow.

Gasoline Smells

This sign is dangerous. You should never smell gasoline inside the cabin of your car, truck, or SUV. If you do, head to the nearest auto repair shop. Aside from inhaling gas odors, you could also be inhaling carbon monoxide, so don’t take chances. Have any gas smell inside your cabin investigated immediately.

Finally, you may have visual signs of exhaust system trouble, too, such as a hanging tailpipe or too much smoke coming out of your tailpipe(s). Call Kinetech Motor Werkes in Indian Trail, NC, at 704-457-7821 to set up an exhaust system inspection and repair appointment.

The Top 5 2020 Cars From BMW Group

The Top 5 2020 Cars From BMW Group

BMW Group offers up some pretty amazing machines in 2020, but can you afford them? That might be the ultimate question when you see the fifth car on our list. Kinetech Motor Werkes provides topnotch preventative maintenance and automotive repair services for European makes and models, and we know how to keep BMW Group automobiles running as they should be. Here are five 2020 BMW Group automobiles that have knocked the socks off those who have tested them or already bought them.

BMW M8 Competition

Whether you want the coupe or convertible, this vehicle gives its drivers a ton of power. What’s underneath the hood? A 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged, DOHC V8 engine. How many horses? Try 617 and 553 pound-feet of torque. Can you handle that baby? The automatic transmission has eight gears and the all-wheel-drive system gives you plenty of grip of the road to fly through all of them.

BMW X6

BMW is three generations into the X6 series and its drivers love this car. This vehicle is produced here in the U.S. at BMW’s largest plant in the world, the Spartanburg, SC, plant. You’ll find 523 horses in the 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine. The X6 produces 553 pound-feet of torque and you can reach 60 mph in 4.1 seconds flat. Probably shouldn’t attempt that with the kids in the car, although they’d love it.

MINI John Cooper Works Clubman

The what? That’s a mouthful, but this MINI gives drivers plenty of power under the hood and a quick response to the pedal to the metal. Its zero-to-60 time is just under 5 seconds and that’s because it has 301 horsepower alongside 331 pound-feet of torque. The engine is turbocharged, 2.0 liters, and four cylinders. This car can go as fast as 155 mph but you’ll have a lot of ‘splaining to do if you get pulled over.

Alpina B7

If you’re really looking to have to explain your way out of speeding ticket, custom order the Alpina B7. You can hit the gas the minute the light turns green and reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Oh, yeah! The car can handle speeds up to 205 mph but not a good idea. Under the hood rests a beauty: 4.4 liters, twin-turbo, V8, 600 horsepower, 590 pound-feet of torque. You’ll need about $150,000 to buy this car.

Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge

If a $150,000 price tag shocks you, how about almost $400,000? Rolls Royce remains the king of luxury automobiles and the Wraith Black Badge is hand-assembled, as all Rolls Royce vehicles are. This model appeals to a younger crowd with a classic yet sporty appearance. You feel old or stuffy in this automobile. A twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V12 engine provides 603 horses. Wow!

Kinetech Motor Werkes in Indian Trail, NC, can help you with your European automobile. Call us at 704-457-7821 for preventative maintenance and repair services.

4 Reasons To Love European Cars

4 Reasons To Love European Cars

Okay, we admit it: We’re biased. We here at Kinetech Motor Werkes love European automobiles. This is why we specialize in them. If you already drive a European make and model, you know how great it is to own one of these vehicles. If you don’t, let us give you four reasons why these cars are so awesome.

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Car Emergency Kit Supplies

Car Emergency Kit Supplies

You never know when you might need emergency supplies on the road. Something could go wrong even during your everyday commute. Kinetech Motor Werkes will keep your European automobile road-ready so you needn’t worry about car trouble, but we can’t guarantee that every time you get behind the wheel your drive will go perfectly. This is why you should always stock up on emergency supplies for your vehicle. Here are some things you should never hit the road without.

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6 Signs Your Brakes Are Going Bad

You don’t need us to tell you how important your brakes are. We don’t want you to imagine what would happen if you couldn’t stop in time. The key to avoiding brake system replacement is catching problems before they become real concerns. One way to do this is to allow Kinetech Motor Werkes to inspect your brakes regularly. You can also avoid trouble by paying attention to the following six signs.

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New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions for Drivers

As we bid adieu to 2019 and prepare for 2020, you are probably in the process of making your New Year’s Resolutions. Some of the most common include diets, exercise, and overall health. But have you considered including driving habits in your list of resolutions? Kinetech Motor Werkes wants to remind you that you and your beloved European vehicle are on the road every day. Why not add some of these to your resolutions this year.

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Things You Can Do to Keep Your Family Safe on the Holiday Roads

Things You Can Do to Keep Your Family Safe on the Holiday Roads

Holiday travel is infamous for good reason: It’s a huge pain. Too much traffic, unsafe road conditions, and drunk drivers all spell disaster for some holiday travelers. There are things you can do, however, to keep your family safe while you travel during the holidays. Kinetech Motor Werkes suggests the following to keep your holidays merry and bright rather than frustrating and dangerous.

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Brake Parts and Their Function

Kinetech Motor Werkes knows brakes; so well, in fact, we’re going to list brake parts and their function so you know as much as we do about brakes. You already know the brake system is crucial to road safety. Can you imagine not being able to stop your vehicle? We don’t want you ever to face that frightening situation, which is why we maintain and replace European automobile brake systems. Here are the brake parts in your vehicle’s system and what they do.

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