Monthly Archives: March 2016

Misconceptions About Using Cars After Storage

A common car misconception is using a vehicle immediately after long-term storage. Many car owners vaguely examine the car, crank it up and drive. The reality is the car isn’t safe to drive. Because it remained idle, you have no idea how damaged, rusty, or dirty the car really is. Cars in storage for a week or more need a thorough manual and car shop inspection. Look for leaks – Look underneath the automobile. If there a puddle underneath, there’s a leak somewhere. Investigate the car thoroughly if a leak isn’t underneath the car. Check tires – Vehicles that rest in one position for a long time will have low tires. Since tires keep the car from touching the ground, problems will pop up. Check the tire pressure. Fill the tires up to the correct pressure level. The exclusion to this rule is placing your car on top of jack stands. Jack stands keep the tires in good condition. Pests – When rodents see something that hasn’t been active in a while, it becomes thei ... read more

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I Don’t Need to Turn Around: Common Misconceptions About Backup Cameras

Car owners across America are demanding the integration of backup cameras into more vehicles. These cameras are designed to eliminate blind spots by giving you a nearly real-time view of the area behind your car. The use of these cameras has given rise to the car misconception that checking mirrors and blind spots is unnecessary. That’s simply not the case. How Backup Cameras Work Backup cameras use a variety of video equipment to display what is located behind your car in positions you cannot see in your rear view or side mirrors. They display an area about 10-by-20 feet in size. When you put your car into reverse, a rear view image will pop up two seconds later. This images gives you a nearly full-range view of what’s located behind your car and eliminates blind spots. Why They Aren’t Perfect While these cameras are useful when backing ... read more

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Car Owners Misconceptions about Warning Light Indicators

In an age when cars seem to be able to do everything but drive themselves, and that day may be just around the corner, many car owners abdicate their duty to do routine maintenance checks on their cars. One of today’s car misconceptions is trusting that all’s well as long as none of that array of dashboard warning lights that shine brightly each time they start their cars, go out, and don’t go back on. The Continued Importance of Owner Vigilance Yes, those indicators will come on when things get below a certain level, but at that point filling the tires, adding oil, coolant, or brake fluid becomes a priority that may not fit in with a driver’s schedule. On the other hand, by making a routine walk-around check part of weekend chores, the wise car owner can respond to his car’s needs before any of them become a full-blown ... read more

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Top Misconceptions Most Car Owners Make

Car problems can be overwhelming, and though we would like to figure it ourselves, it is best to take it to a professional. At Paul Campanella’s Auto & Tire Center in Northern Delaware, you can trust the service to be efficient and fast, eliminating all the stress that typically comes along with getting your car fixed. Campanella’s uses only ASE certified technicians to solve your car’s problem as well as save you money on some common misconceptions that will normally drive you crazy. What are some of the top misconceptions when it comes to fixing cars? Changing Oil An oil change can seem like a piece of cake to do on your own at home after watching a few youtube videos. However, there is a little more to it than just replacing your oil. At Campanella’s Auto & Tire Center, they offer a 26-point inspection with your oil change. New oil filters and fuel filters are also included after topping off ALL of the auto’s fluids. The ... read more

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Car Care and Car Shop Misconceptions

Car shops and manual car maintenance have many misconceptions. We believe them because we trust family, friends, car dealerships, and research as truth. The reality is most car misconceptions related to maintenance are false. Here are the most common ones. New cars need less maintenance. While newer cars offer technology and damage-free parts, that doesn’t mean it’s maintenance free. Maintenance relies heavily on how and where. Cars used often need more maintenance than a standard errand-running, work-traveling vehicle. A standard checkup at the auto shop is the best chance at maintaining the car’s newness. Mechanics manipulate customers to perform unnecessary work. Initially, one problem brought you to the mechanic, and there are five problems after inspection. While there are some car shops swindling customers, not everyone is. Ideas to try include asking for proof and getting a second opinion at another car shop ... read more

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When It Comes to Gas, Misconceptions Cost Money

It’s not hard to end up with crazy car misconceptions based on what someone you trusted told you, outdated information or just old wives’ tales that remain part of the allegedly hidden knowledge of car care. One of the primary sources of misconceptions among drivers centers on your car’s fuel. So many lies are told about gasoline that it’s no wonder a few slip through and people believe them. Here are a few you need to stop believing: Premium Gas Makes My Car Run Better Unless you have a high performance engine that needs higher octane fuel, paying for premium gas is a fool’s game. The only reason to do it is if you think it will impress the person in the passenger’s seat or the guy at the pump next to you. Ethanol In Gasoline Will Hurt My Car Ethanol started being added to gasoline to improve the way the hydrocarbons from burning it interacted with the environment. It’s a smog issue, not an engine performa ... read more

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Safety Tips to Avoid Your Blind Spot

Each year, many auto accidents are caused because of blind spots. Blind spots can be extremely dangerous at high speeds on highways. Here are some tips to avoid your blind spots while driving. Check Mirrors for the Narrow Angle Mirror positioning is an easy mistake to make. Many drivers will create a blind spot by mistaking the correct mirror position to view their own vehicle. The vision from the side mirror angle becomes too narrow, and highly overlaps the rear-view mirror vision. Through a narrow-angle, wide vision is lost, and the driver has now created a blind spot. Drivers are unaware when trying to change lanes on an open highway that the lane adjacent is actually occupied by another vehicle. Adjusting Mirrors for the Wide Angle When pushing mirrors out and away from your vehicle, it enables a far wider vision. The driver should not see the side of their own vehicle. Though many would suggest they ... read more

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Can a Flooded Car Be Saved?

If your vehicle was in a flood or submerged in water above the tires, there could be potential damage to the engine or the electrical system. It is not recommended to start a car that has been flooded. Starting a vehicle with water still in the engine could cause unfixable damage. It is best to always take your flooded vehicle to an ASE certified mechanic via tow truck, but with a few helpful safety checks before hand. Professionals are able to do a full electrical and engine inspection for a diagnosis. Assess the Damage How deep in water was the vehicle? It is necessary to at least estimate how high the water levels were when the vehicle was submerged. Information details are helpful for insurance purposes as well as auto mechanics. You can check to see how high the water levels are by looking for sediments such as mud or water marks. Checking Fluids Start by unlatching the hood and removing the oil dipstick from the reservoir. If ... read more

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These Do’s and Don’ts of Washing your Car will Keep your Vehicle Shining like New

Many people put very little thought into washing their car. This can be a mistake, as car washing is not quite as simple as most people believe. To keep your automobile in the best condition possible, follow these do’s and don’ts of washing your car.Dos Wash your vehicle in a cool area away from direct sunlight. Perform a thorough pre-rinse by making a sweeping motion with the sprayer of a garden hose, beginning at the top of your vehicle and then working toward the bottom. Wet down only one section of your car at a time, then wash and rinse completely before moving on to the next. Other things you should do include: Rinse your vehicle off periodically if you are unable to complete a full wash. This will help prevent substances such as tree sap from damaging your paint. Keep two separate buckets handy at all times. One should contain soapy water, and the other one should contain clear water to rinse your sponge with ... read more

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The Car, Misconceptions About it That Drive People Nuts

A car is an engineering marvel. Its many thousands of parts fit together flawlessly, and it usually delivers smooth, consistent operation and performance. Often, a car’s great performance can also overcome the shortcomings of its operator. These shortcomings are sometimes humorous and sometimes not so much. There’s just something about the car, misconceptions about it that drive people nuts, that deserves a closer look, in other words. Can Your Car Do 160 MPH? Many cars come with a speedometer that goes all the way up to 160 miles per hour or more. But can your car go that fast? Whether your automobile can hit 160 mph or more depends on its engine and any restrictions the automaker programs into the car’s speed control computers. Depending on the car, there’s also a big difference in stresses placed on one going 70 mph and one doing 160 miles per hour. And even if your car can go that fast, honestly ask yourself whether y ... read more

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