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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.

Noises

Your brake pads are designed to squeal while your vehicle is in motion as they wear down to alert you of their demise. If you hear crunching or grinding sounds when you brake, your pads are already worn. If the pads are new, the grinding could also be caused by dirt caught in between the pads and rotors.

Motion

Your vehicle’s brake pedal or steering wheel should not vibrate when you brake but if either do, your rotors could be the culprit. Your brake pads press against the rotors to stop your vehicle and an uneven or bent rotor can cause vibration or shuddering when you press down on the brake pedal.

Fluid Leaks

If you notice light brown to dark brown or black fluid spots on your garage floor you might have a brake fluid leak. This could spell bad news if the fluid is leaking from the master cylinder. Fluid can also leak out of the brake lines. Have the leak inspected ASAP as your vehicle cannot stop without brake fluid.

Pedal Feel

Brakes that need TLC often speak to you through the brake pedal. Your brake pedal shouldn’t feel softer than normal or sink to the floor. If it does, you might have air or moisture in your brake lines or issues with the master cylinder. Your brake pedal should always stop at about 1-to-1 1/2 inches from the floor.

Pulling

Getting back to your brake system’s calipers, another sign they need to be replaced is pulling. to one side when you apply the brakes. A bad hose can also make your vehicle pull to the right or left when you tap on the brake pedal. If your vehicle is out of alignment, it will also pull sideways when in motion.

Smells

The smell of burning rubber is common with new brakes. If you smell a strong, chemical odor after slamming on your brakes or even during normal braking, however, they are overheating. This is dangerous so pull over and allow your brakes to cool down. Then, drive to the nearest auto repair shop.

If you notice any of these signs while driving or braking bring your European vehicle into Kinetech Motor Werkes in Indian Trail, NC. Set up an appointment by calling 704-457-7821.

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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.

Don’t Drive Distracted

Texting and driving may still be legal in the state of North Carolina, but that doesn’t mean it is a good idea. Utilize your hands-free device as much as possible for making phone calls behind the wheel. If you absolutely have to send a text message, pull over into a safe parking lot or ask a passenger to do it for you. We also recommend that you try to avoid eating in the car and choose your playlist or radio station before you start driving.

Brush Up on Traffic Laws

It’s been a while since you took your written driving test. Even though driving has become second nature, it is natural to forget some of the information you studied so hard to memorize. Some of the rules we recommend that you revisit include proper use of the right and left lanes, what to do at a four-way stop, and what it means when traffic lights are flashing red or yellow.

Avoid Road Rage

It is easy to get frustrated with other drivers on the road, but it is important that you not allow it to reach road rage status. To avoid raging, leave plenty of time for traffic when you are commuting, pay attention to other drivers, and relax. As tempting as it may be to lay on your horn or scream at people as you pass, don’t do it. It isn’t going to change anything.

Stay on Top Of Maintenance

If you ask us, this is the biggest one on the list. Your vehicle takes good care of you and deserves the same in return. Remember to get your regular oil changes and inspections to keep your European car running smoothly and avoid costly repairs down the road.

For all of your vehicle maintenance and repair needs, remember to call Kinetech Motor Werkes. Our team of technicians are experts when it comes to your European vehicle and will give it the respect and service it deserves.

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.

Think About You First

Sounds selfish, doesn’t it? It isn’t. If you’re the driver this holiday season there are some things you should do to protect yourself. First, make sure you get plenty of sleep before the drive; don’t rely on caffeine to keep you awake behind the wheel. Don’t rely on sugar, either. Yes, you do feel an energy boost when you first ingest coffee or soda, but once that boost wears off, you’ll be more tired than you were before. Water hydrates you and proper hydration ensures your energy doesn’t wane.

Make sure you snack on healthy foods during your drive, too. Keep your sugar levels balanced with three meals and snacks in between while on the road. Make the snacks high in protein and low in fat. Stop at restaurants for meals – don’t go through the drive-thru. Junk food is filled with sugar and fat and these two things combine to make for one sleepy driver. Stop to rest frequently and fill those stops with healthy choices, including a choice to abstain from alcohol or illegal substances.

Think About Your Family Next

Next, know that the water, healthy food and snacks, and frequent stops will also help your family stay happy during the holiday road trek. Tired and cranky children begin the “Are we there yet?” reshuffle sooner rather than later, and a tired and cranky spouse makes for a long drive. Everyone will be happier if they stay hydrated and filled with good food, plus, stopping frequently to get out of the car allows everyone to walk around and get the blood circulating again.

Distractions are good to keep your family happy but not you, so you turn off your cell phone and tell the kids to wear headphones so their games or music doesn’t bother you. Bear in mind many automobile accidents are caused by distracted driving, so make sure your family is happy and entertained but not at your expense. Keep emergency supplies in the vehicle, as well, just in case. Good things to pack include non-perishable food, water, blankets, and a flashlight.

Kinetech Motor Werkes wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season. If you’d like us to inspect your car, truck, or SUV before you head out on your trip, call our Indian Trail, NC, shop at 704-469-6806.

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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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Does Preventative Maintenance Really Save Money?

Preventative maintenance saves vehicle owners money in the end. It might seem as if it’s designed to put money in an auto mechanics pocket, but the auto mechanic isn’t the one who maps out the preventative maintenance schedule; the manufacturer does. It works with automotive engineers to determine what needs to be done when to ensure the vehicle always runs at its best. Kinetech Motor Werkes utilizes preventative maintenance to save its customers money every day. Here’s how.

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What You Need to Know About Driving the Autobahn

Let’s step away from auto maintenance and repair for just a moment and have some fun. The Autobahn is a stretch of highway throughout Germany that allows drivers to cut loose and push their vehicles to their limits. Known for no speed limits and plenty of open space, just about everyone here at Kinetch Motor Werkes wants to drive it someday. What if you could drive it tomorrow? What would you need to know? Here are some surprising rules enforced on the Autobahn that show it isn’t a total free-for-all.

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Manhart Tuned BMW X3 M Is A Nasty SUV

Anyone familiar with the BMW performance scene has heard of the German tuning company Manhart. Manhart is known for their off the wall builds, such as the “MH2 630”, which is a highly modified M2, utilizing the S55 motor from the M4.

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De-Coking: Why it is a must on Direct Injection Motors

Walnut Blasting and BG Induction Cleaning services are offered at Kinetech Motor Werkes! What is a De-Coke you may ask? De-Coking is a process that is taken to remove heavy carbon build-up from intake valves and from inside the combustion chamber. Cars require oxygen, spark and fuel to run. With modern Direct Injection engines, as you put your foot on the gas pedal, the car sprays gas into the combustion chamber of the engine, at that point the spark plugs ignite the gas which makes the car run. Carbon is a byproduct of this reaction. Carbon DOES INTERFERE with the vehicles normal operation and combustion as it alters the compression ratio, operation temperature and sensor readings. Carbon builds up and coats the intakes valves, combustion chamber and other parts of the internals of the motor. This can restrict the engines ability to breathe and effect the vehicles power.

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Troubleshooting Anti-Lock Brakes

Over the river and through the woods was more dangerous back when cars had crummy bias-ply tires, rear-wheel drive and ordinary brakes.

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How to Diagnose Car Problems If You Don’t Know Much About Cars

If something goes wrong with your car and you don’t know much about car repair, then it’s time to go to the shop and find out what’s wrong. However, lots of people are understandably worried about getting ripped off—mechanics are pretty good at detecting when a customer doesn’t know anything about cars. To avoid this, it’s a good idea to narrow down the possibilities of what’s going on inside your car.

The warning lights on your dashboard are the most obvious starting point. Yet the most common, the Check Engine light, can be utterly confusing because it can cover problems ranging widely in severity. Others, like the engine temperature light, tire pressure light, or oil light are more straightforward to decipher. Regardless of what lights up, never ignore it. Delaying a diagnosis and repair could lead to even bigger problems down the road.

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