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Know the Causes of Rear-End Collisions So You Can Avoid Them

Know the Causes of Rear-End Collisions So You Can Avoid Them

We take European automobiles very seriously here at Kinetech Motor Werkes. Not only are these machines amazing feats of automotive engineering and manufacturing; they are also stunning. We don’t want you to ever be in an automobile accident, especially a rear-end collision. Knowledge is power, right? So let’s discuss the common causes of rear-end collisions so you can avoid becoming a statistic.

Traffic

One of the most common causes of rear-end collisions is traffic. Whether you are following too closely, or you’re being followed too closely, people tend to bump into each other when sitting in traffic jams. Don’t lose focus just because you’re stopping and going. Leave room between the vehicle in front of you so you don’t hit it in case its driver stops suddenly because he wasn’t paying attention.

Distractions

With all of the laws and news reports about distracted driving, it seems somewhat unreal that we still talk about it. Admit it. You pick up your cell phone when you get a text message even though you’re driving. Stop doing that and don’t do anything else that will distract you. One of the key practices of defensive driving is remaining alert. Turn the cell phone notifications off.

Reckless Driving

You’re late. You’re speeding to get to work on time. You’re weaving in between traffic to pass all the stupid slow drivers. You get caught and cannot change lanes. You can’t stop fast enough either. You rear-end the car in front of you. Or, you tailgate all the time because you’re in control and people need to go faster or get the heck out of your way. Instant rear-end collision; just add you.

Exhausted Driving

We’re going to surprise you. Did you know that exhausted or tired driving is as dangerous as drunk driving? It doesn’t seem possible but it’s true. When you’re beat, you lose your motor skills just as you do when you’re drunk. Consequently, you might not even realize you’re falling asleep behind to wheel until you slam into the person in front of you.

Car Trouble

Finally, mechanical failure can cause an accident and you might either be the victim or the perpetrator. Suppose your brakes fail and you cannot stop. What about a blown tire? If your vehicle breaks down, you might either be the cause of an automobile accident or the victim of one, especially if you can’t get your car, truck, or SUV out of traffic.

Keep this last cause of rear-end collisions at bay with regular maintenance visits to Kinetech Motor Werkes in Indian Trail, NC. Call our number, 704-457-7821, and set up your appointment today.

Carbon Cleaning Benefits for Your European Automobile

Carbon Cleaning Benefits for Your European Automobile

If you have driven a European automobile for a long time, you know all about carbon cleaning. If you’re new to your Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, or other European brand, let’s talk about carbon cleaning. Kinetech Motor Werkes offers this service to our customers as part of our commitment to ensure your vehicle always runs as best as it can. Here is more information about this crucial service.

Why Does My Vehicle Manufacturer Recommend Carbon Cleaning?

Let’s talk about gasoline. It doesn’t matter if the fuel is diesel or gasoline, when this fuel burns, it releases carbon. This is unavoidable, which is why it’s necessary to have your vehicle’s engine carbon-cleaned. We need to remove the carbon buildup deposited by the fuel consumption process or you will find that crucial engine parts will get clogged by the carbon buildup. In European vehicles with turbo engines, in particular, fuel injectors and EGR valves can become compromised by carbon buildup. When we clean the carbon deposits away, function and efficiency are restored.

Your Vehicle Manufacturer Also Recommends Carbon Cleaning for the Following Benefits

Imagine a cleaning that can restore your European automobile to its as-new condition. Carbon cleaning can help do this. There are many benefits that coincide with carbon cleaning, some of which include

  • Giving you a better driving experience by smoothing out your vehicle’s engine performance
  • Restoring engine power by improving horsepower and torque production
  • Revitalizing crucial systems, such as the inlet system
  • Boosting engine performance yet, at the same time, boosting fuel economy
  • Reducing engine noise and vibration caused by carbon deposits
  • Lowering your vehicle’s emissions

Our customers report a noticeable difference in their European automobiles right after the carbon cleaning, which is an added benefit to this service. You bring your vehicle into our shop with the realization that it isn’t running like it used to and then leave with it running as if it were brand new.

Environmentally-Friendly

A bonus perk of carbon cleaning is that it doesn’t harm the environment. As we mentioned in our bulleted list above, once the cleaning is complete, your vehicle will reduce the amount of harmful emissions it introduces into the environment. In addition, harmful chemicals that run-off into the ground or wastewater system are not used. This cleaning method is eco-friendly and green. There is nothing about the cleaning that harms the environment.

What do you have to lose? Nothing. Call Kinetech Motor Werkes at 704-457-7821 to schedule your vehicle’s carbon cleaning. You’ll find our shop in Indian Trail, NC.

BMW Mechanic Indian Trail

What to Look for in Your BMW Mechanic

If you drive a BMW, you know how important it is to find a mechanic who truly understands your vehicle inside and out. Kinetech Motor Werkes is proud to be the provider of BMW service and BMW Repair Indian Trail drivers trust most with their vehicles. We have been delivering top-quality BMW service and repairs to our community since 2013 and our BMW experts have over 40 years of experience. That is how we know what it takes to be a top-quality BMW mechanic.

BMW Expert Technicians

All vehicles are not created equal and anytime you are having your BMW serviced or repaired it is important to know that you have a BMW expert on your side. Technology and engineering vary across automobile manufacturers which means that repairing a BMW and repairing a Ford are two very different things. That’s why you want a technician with the experience and expertise that is specialized to your BMW.

BMW Ready Facility

As the automotive manufacturing industry has evolved in both technology and engineering, the auto repair industry has had to keep up. Not every auto repair shop can claim to have the most up to date technology and tools at their fingertips, but it is important that your BMW mechanic does. At Kinetech Motor Werkes, we are proud of our state of the art facility that is equipped with everything it takes to handle all of your BMW services and repairs. We only use top quality parts in our repairs and we are so confident in our work that we offer a 3 year / 36,000-mile warranty.

A Next Level of Service

When you are choosing a BMW mechanic, you want to know that you are choosing an expert who truly cares about you, your vehicle, and the service they provide. The team at Kinetech Motor Werkes is truly passionate when it comes not only to our work but to your overall satisfaction. From the time you make an appointment until you drive away, we will do everything we can to make the BMW service and repair process as easy as possible for you. And with our level of expertise and access to the latest technology you can feel good knowing that your repairs were done correctly by an expert technician who cares.

If you are looking for a BMW mechanic in Indian Trail, Kinetech Motor Werkes is the BMW expert that more drivers recommend. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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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automotive brakes

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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