• PONTE'S AUTOCARE Advice: Don't Overlook These 10 Automotive Services

    Sunday 21 May 2017

    Organization is the key to managing a busy life in Delaware. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep Wilmington residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write “oil change” every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to the safe operation of a vehicle, and they all need to be inspected. Wilmington residents can't afford to overlook any of them.The following is a list of preventive maintenance ser... read more

  • PONTE'S AUTOCARE Alternator Replacement Service in Wilmington

    Tuesday 16 May 2017

    Your vehicle alternator doesn't get enough credit. Though your battery gets your engine started, after that – it's all about the alternator.  Driving around Wilmington is a lot of work for your alternator, and as upgrades such as heated steering wheels, cooled seats, stability control and lane departure warning become more common, it will have to work even harder. Eventually this workhorse just wears out. When it does you have no choice but to order an alternator replacem... read more

  • Why Synthetic Oil Is Best for Wilmington Drivers

    Sunday 07 May 2017

    Hello Wilmington! Today's PONTE'S AUTOCARE vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the oth... read more

  • Sunday 30 April 2017

    Many Wilmington drivers have found themselves in the following situation: They go to get their oil changed and their friendly service advisor at PONTE'S AUTOCARE recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don't know what an air filter is or what it does.If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask your PONTE'S AUTOCARE service advisor for more info... read more

  • Will Proper Auto Maintenance at PONTE'S AUTOCARE Really Save Gas?

    Sunday 16 April 2017

    Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly - like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we're also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But Wilmington drivers don't always extend those good habits into the garage. Our vehicles need regular maintenance just like our rugs need vacuuming. We may not notice a difference in the feel or appearance of the vehicle, but just as cleaning a ca... read more

  • Ask PONTE'S AUTOCARE About the Importance of Service Intervals

    Tuesday 11 April 2017

    Today in our PONTE'S AUTOCARE blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life with recommended intervals: What about six-month dental cleanings and regular physical exams? Then there's laundry, mowing the lawn, paying your electric bill, changing your furnace filter - you get the idea.Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals?For one thing, your teeth may get mor... read more

  • PONTE'S AUTOCARE Brake Service for Safe Stopping in Wilmington

    Monday 03 April 2017

    Let's talk about something critical for all Wilmington drivers: your brakes. Your vehicle is heavy, and it takes a lot of muscle to bring it and your passengers to a safe stop – so everything needs to be in good working order. Here's an explanation on how your disc brakes work: The wheel hub keeps your wheel attached to your vehicle. The brake disc – or rotor – is attached to the hub and rotat... read more

  • Make Your Battery Last

    Tuesday 28 March 2017

    Today's report from PONTE'S AUTOCARE is on vehicle batteries, why they die and what we can do to lengthen their life. Most of us have had a dead battery at one time or another. In fact, it would be very unusual if you hadn't. You may be surprised to learn that only 30 percent of Wilmington vehicle batteries last for 48 months.Now that's an average. How long a battery lasts depends on many factors. You may not know that one of the biggest factors is the temperature wher... read more

  • Fuel Filter Service in Wilmington, Delaware

    Monday 20 March 2017

    There are a surprising number of small, inexpensive parts that can lead to expensive engine damage when they fail. It doesn't seem right.Fortunately a lot of those things can be taken care of in routine maintenance. They may not be easy to remember because it is a long list, but your service center at PONTE'S AUTOCARE can help you know what's scheduled to be taken care of.Some of us in Wilmington, Delaware, really don't look forward to going in for an oil change and then getting a list of t... read more

  • Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

    Sunday 12 March 2017

    Bad air quality while you're driving around Wilmington is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as three microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about... read more

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