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Is an extended service contract right for you?

Is an extended service contract right for you?

Do you really need to purchase an extended service contract? Though they are commonly referred to as extended warranties, the correct term is extended service contract. They do not lengthen the manufacturer’s warranty, and they may not cover the same parts or have the same benefits and restrictions. They are more of an insurance policy that promises to repair or replace certain parts if they break, and they always come with specific exclusions. A warranty is included in the cost of the vehicle whereas you pay extra for an extended service contract. The main reason people will purchase extended service contracts is to protect themselves from major bills after the standard manufacturer’s warranty has ended. While a service contract might seem like a good idea, there are a few reasons why not to buy when purchasing a new or used vehicle—especially if it is still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. A service contract will not pay for repair ... read more

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How can I prepare for my vehicle’s state inspection? (Delaware and Pennsylvania explained)

How can I prepare for my vehicle’s state inspection? (Delaware and Pennsylvania explained)

How can I prepare for my vehicle’s state inspection?...Delaware and Pennsylvania explained. Your state inspection involves many different systems and components on your vehicle that affect its safety, which is why it's important to have your car pre-inspected at a qualified, licensed service center, such as Paul Campanella’s Auto and Tire Centers A typical Delaware automobile state inspection consists of a safety inspection covering such items as tires ... read more

Tread Patterns: Why are there so many?

Tread Patterns: Why are there so many?

What do the different tread patterns mean? If you look at different tires on the market you will notice different tread patterns.There are three different types of tread patterns, each available at Paul Campanella’s Auto and Tire Centers. Symmetrical Tires—Deliver a smooth drive, high directional stability, and low rolling resistance. Symmetrical Tires are the most common and the most flexible for the vehicle owner. PROS: They are quiet, long lasting and fuel efficient. CONS: They are less adaptable to changing conditions on the road and will not be as effective in wet conditions as other tires. Directional Tires—Provide high protection against aquaplaning, excelle ... read more

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Tires

What can be causing my battery to drain so quickly?

What can be causing my battery to drain so quickly?

Why is my Car Battery Draining So Quickly? There are many reasons for a car battery to drain quickly. The four most common reasons for a battery to drain quickly are below. When your battery is showing signs of quick drainage, it is a good idea to have your battery inspected or even replaced at Paul Campanella’s Auto and Tire Center. Old Battery: Batteries that are old, have simply been drained completely and are unable to hold a full charge. It is recommended to replace your battery every four to five years. Parasitic Drain: Radio presets, security alarms or clocks running after the engine is off can drain your battery. The most common causes o f a parasitic drain are under hood lights, trunk lights, headlights, or gl ... read more

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Batteries

Is it a good idea to replace your water pump and timing belt at the same time?

Is it a good idea to replace your water pump and timing belt at the same time?

Should I replace my water pump and timing belt at the same time? While a water pump and timing belt don’t do the same job in your engine, they have a few things in common which is why they are often replaced together. A timing belt is what drives your water pump, and they also have similar life spans, so it makes sense to have them replaced at the same time. Additionally, the water pump is directly adjacent to the timing belt. Since getting to the timing belt is such a labor-intensive job, it’s a good idea to have the water pump replaced at the same time to alleviate the effort required to access them, in the end, saving you time and money. A prime example that indicates a bad water pump is an overheating engine. A damaged water pump is unable to circulate coolant through your vehicle’s engine which will lead it to overheat. If you find your engine getting overheated now and then, it is a sign and must be fixed immediately. Have a mechanical exper ... read more

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Tips to improve your gas mileage and fuel efficiency.

Tips to improve your gas mileage and fuel efficiency.

How do I Improve my Gas Mileage? With the rise in gas prices, it is a great time to reflect on your driving habits. There are a few simple things you can do to improve your car's fuel efficiency.  Limit your idling. Idling uses more fuel than restarting your car and gives off 80% more pollution than when your car is in motion. When you are waiting for someone, consider turning your car off.  Keep your speed steady. After you hit 45-50mph, your car begins to be less fuel efficient, and it gets worse as you go faster. It's a good idea to use cruise control when possible. Additionally, rapid acceleration and hard braking use up fuel quickly, so you will also want to avoid those actions when you can.  Check your tire pressure. When your tires are under inflated, fuel consumption can increase by as much as 3%. You will also risk wearing down your treads faster.  Perform regular maintenance. When you follow the maintenance schedule recommendations provid ... read more

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Auto Repair Timeline! At What Mileage Does Your Vehicle Need…

Auto Repair Timeline! At What Mileage Does Your Vehicle Need…

At Paul Campanella’s Auto & Tire Centers in Wilmington, DE, we have years of experience providing auto service to vehicles with all different mileage. While some auto problems can’t be planned for, our ASE Certified Technicians can give you a little insight on the auto repair in Wilmington, so you can plan ahead and keep your automobile running right! Check out the most common auto repair fixes needed at different points in your vehicle’s mileage. Auto Repair Services You Should Consider At The Following Mile Markers 3,000 miles – Oil Change It’s the most standard maintenance service for every car owner. Having your oil changed every 3,000-5,000 miles is essential for keeping the parts of your engine working fluidly and efficiently. 30,000 miles – Tune ... read more

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