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How do I find a reliable mechanic?

How do I find a reliable mechanic?

Finding a mechanic you trust your vehicle with may seem like a daunting task, but it’s easier than you think. Most people have at least one poor experience with an auto repair shop, and that experience can shape how they view interactions with other shops they go to. After you find a shop that does the kind of work you’re looking for, you may wonder how much you can trust them with your vehicle and money. So, what does credibility look like in an auto repair shop? 1. Look for an ASE Blue Seal of Approval. The fastest way to check a service center’s credibility is an ASE badge. This is the most widely acknowledged and accepted certification for professional technicians. Shops that employ technicians who are trained in some or all eight test categories receive this seal from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. ASE is a non-profit established in 1972 to advance vehicle service quality and ensure that automotive professionals a ... read more

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car care tips

Why does my Car Pull to One Side when I drive?

Why does my Car Pull to One Side when I drive?

Why is my Car Pulling to the Side? If your car is pulling to the side, it is a pretty good indication of a Problem with your Car’s Suspension System. This Pulling can be attributed to many things including Uneven Tire Pressure, Uneven Tire Wear, Poor Alignment, or a Sticking Brake Caliper. Driving over a pothole or up on a curb may break your Control Arm, and alter the Alignment of your Vehicle. While it’s generally not hard to realize the ... read more

How can I keep my HVAC System running efficiently?

How can I keep my HVAC System running efficiently?

How can I keep my HVAC System Running Efficiently? Many of us simply can’t imagine driving our cars without temperature control, whether to stay warm in the cooler months or cool in the warmer months. Your HVAC System works hard to keep you and your family comfortable. However, the benefits will not last long if you do not give the system care and keep it properly maintained. First, change the dirty cabin air filter. The cabin air filter is responsible for filtering out the air that enters the cabin of the vehicle through the HVAC System. Just like the filter in the HVAC unit at home, it is critical to keeping the air quality healthy inside your vehicle. Second, it is important to keep your condensers free of leaves and debris. If debris gets in, the system will not cool as well as it should. Bottom line, if you allow your HVAC System to become dirty or clogged, you will need to turn up the Power making it work harder, and in turn making your engine work hard ... read more

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Cooling

Why is there a noise coming form the air vent when turing on the fan?

Why is there a noise coming form the air vent when turing on the fan?

Why is there noise coming from the air vent when turning on the fan? 1. Leaves stuck in the blower motor. When the fan is turned on, the leaves will spin around the blower motor making a rustling sound. 2. Bad vent blend door or actuator. The actuator responsibility is to control the vent blend door for a specific function. For example, it is used to move the vent blend door for temperature changes, defrost mode, recirculation, fresh air and so on. When the vent blend door or actuator fails, it can make a flapping or slapping noise. 3. Failed blower motor. When a blower motor is failing, it can make a whistling noise, whining noise, grinding noise, and other odd noises. Usually, the noise will gradually increase as the fan speed increases. At this point the electric motor is failing and will need replacement. 4. Rattling noise. Sometimes, objects can fall into the air duct through the vent entrance and make a rattling noise when the vehicle is in motion or when the ... read more

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Cooling

Why do my disc brakes pull to one side?

Why do my disc brakes pull to one side?

What causes my Disc Brakes to get Stuck? Having a Broken Disc Assembly means the vehicle won’t move or will create an excessive amount of Heat Damaging multiple components of your Vehicle. You may see Poor Acceleration or braking, the Vehicle Pulls to one side or an increase in fuel consumption. 1. Applies to the Brake Pads and Carrier but doesn’t apply to all Carrier Assemblies. The slots where the Brake Pads sit can become filled with Road Debris or Rust, in the end making the Brake Pads Stick. When Brakes are applied, they can force the Pads against the Rotor which is unable to release in the end. 2. The Caliper Piston may become caught in the Caliper Casting. This is caused by a buildup of Road Debris or Corrosion usually caused by a Failing Boot. Another reason can be caused by applying the Brak ... read more

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Brakes

Hacks to have you spending less money on gas

Hacks to have you spending less money on gas

With Gas Prices on the rise, it is important to use your Fuel most Efficiently. By taking the following suggestions into consideration, you will cut down not only Fuel but also Maintenance Costs. Undergo Servicing on time It is a good idea to consult an ASE Certified Mechanic, such as the team at Paul Campanella’s Auto & Tire Center, before something terrible happens, not after. The Filter and Oil should be changed about every 4,500 Miles. To avoid additional Expe ... read more

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Signs of a Faulty Valve Cover

Signs of a Faulty Valve Cover

For an engine to work it must remain completely sealed. This is where the valve cover comes into play. The valve cover does not need to be replaced frequently, but once the valve cover fails, the valve components are left unprotected, and you will need to replace it. A few signs of a failing valve cover include:Leaking Oil: Though leaking oil can be cause by numerous things, if the oil is located on the valve cover area or coming from that region, you can assume you have a bad valve cover or gasket. It may begin as a small drip eventually becoming larger. It can cover the whole valve cover surface area along with a layer of debris and dirt that has accumulated. Low Oil Levels: Maintaining proper oil levels is critical to your safety. If you keep topping your oil off, but it consistently becomes low quickly, the oil is going somewhere. We recommend having it inspected by an ASE Certified Mechanic such as Paul Campanella’s Auto ... read more

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Engine

Four Common Car Noises Explained

Four Common Car Noises Explained

Four Common Car Noises and What they Mean When turning on your car, you hear a loud squeal. When turning the corner, you hear clicks coming from your steering wheel. Let’s dive-into the four most common car noises and what they mean. #1: Squealing noise coming from the engine area after turning on the car. Commonly caused by a worn-out serpentine belt that is slipping on the metal pulleys inside the engine. This belt is important because it helps power devices such as your alternator, starter, water pump, air conditioning compressor and radiator fan. Most of the time the belt can be readjusted, and the problem can be fixed. While other times the belt just needs to be replaced. #2. High-pitched squealing while braking Another common car noise comes from your brake system. High-pitched squealing while applying your brakes can point to worn out brake pads that need to be replaced. The more metallic the sque ... read more

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FAQ

How can I get my car to heat up faster in the winter?

How can I get my car to heat up faster in the winter?

How do I heat the inside of my car faster in the winter? Turn on you ignition without starting the engine. This will cause the fuel pump to prime the engine. Start the car but do not turn the heater on right away. Though it is primed, you still have a cold engine, meaning everything else is also cold, including the air coming out of the vents. Turning on the heat immediately will also prolong the engine from getting hot, keeping your car colder longer. Next, idle the vehicle for about 30 seconds. This allows the heater core to produce warm air. You can now begin to drive. It is recommended to point the vent at the passenger’s chest first, followed by directing the heat towards your feet. If you find that your car is still taking an abnormal time to heat up, you may want to bring it a Pau ... read more

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Heating

How do I extend the life of my brakes?

How do I extend the life of my brakes?

How do I extend the life of my brakes? Brakes are the most important safety feature on a vehicle regardless of the type. Before finding yourself having to get them replaced by a certified mechanic such as Paul Campanella’s Auto & Tire Center, there are a few ways you can prolong the life of your brakes. Allow plenty of room to stop: Sudden stops are hard on your brakes and put a lot of pressure on the brake pads which will wear down the rubber and metal. By leaving a fair amount of distance to come to a full stop, you minimize the amount of pressure you need to apply to stop the vehicle.   Slow down: Speed also contributes to wear on the brakes. Braking at a lower speed dissipates less energy than braking at a higher speed. Lighten up ... read more

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