• Automotive Tips from PONTE'S AUTOCARE: Serpentine Belt Overview

    Sunday 14 January 2018

    The technicians at PONTE'S AUTOCARE know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in Wilmington have two serpentine belts. The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pul... read more

  • Fuel for Thought

    Monday 08 January 2018

    If you're like most people and drive a gasoline-powered vehicle, you need to be up to speed on its fuel-related components.  They're pretty basic: the fuel, the fuel filter and the fuel pump. The fuel's the easy part.  You probably gas up your vehicle yourself and, if you're like most drivers, price is a big factor in what you put in your vehicle. Maybe you think it doesn't matter what kind of gasoline you buy, but one major automobile association has found it does make a big differenc... read more

  • Automotive Tips from PONTE'S AUTOCARE: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

    Wednesday 03 January 2018

    The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Wilmington drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at PONTE'S AUTOCARE to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain prop... read more

  • How Do You Save Gas in Wilmington, Delaware?

    Sunday 17 December 2017

    No one in Wilmington, Delaware, likes to spend a chunk of change at the gas pump. Rising Delaware fuel prices, however, have spurred Wilmington drivers to focus on how to improve their fuel economy. North Americans literally drive billions of miles/kilometers less each month during times of high fuel prices. But we still need to drive (we love our vehicles, after all!), so it makes sense to try and increase our fuel economy however we can.Let's look at a real life example. This man has one of th... read more

  • Exhaust Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

    Sunday 10 December 2017

    Whenever they hear the term "exhaust service," most Wilmington residents think about exhaust pipes and mufflers. Well, actually, exhaust service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE is a lot more comprehensive these days. For example, catalytic converters were mandated in 1976 and on-board emission control computers in 1990. Governmental emissions requirements have forced manufacturers to come up with much more sophisticated ways to comply with environmental regulations.Exhaust service has really become exh... read more

  • Introduction to Diesels for Wilmington, Delaware

    Tuesday 05 December 2017

    Something you're going to be hearing a lot about around Wilmington, Delaware, is diesel engines. We're not talking about semi-trucks and buses; we're talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs.Most people in Delaware are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import brands offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines h... read more

  • Stay Safe in Wilmington by Putting Your Cell Phone on ICE

    Thursday 30 November 2017

    We don't want to think about it, but each Wilmington resident who drives or rides in a vehicle is potentially an accident victim. In the worst-case scenario, those people are unconscious and unable to communicate with Delaware rescue workers. Rescue workers and Wilmington police are well aware of this difficulty, even if the rest of us don't stop to think about it. They can all recount stories of searching through glove compartments, pockets, wallets, purses and cell phone directories for a pers... read more

  • Time for Differential Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE?

    Monday 20 November 2017

    Hello Wilmington - let's talk differentials. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, your differential is on the back axle. With front-wheel drive cars, the differential is up front. All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles have three differentials - front, rear and in the middle. So you see, you've got a differential (or two or three) and it needs service now and then.What does your vehicle differential do? Well, it compensates for the differences in speed between you... read more

  • Fuel System Cleaning at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

    Wednesday 15 November 2017

    Is your vehicle sometimes hard to start early in the morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your vehicle's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your fuel economy. Most Wilmington vehicles have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. Fuel injection systems have fewer proble... read more

  • The Economy of Maintenance for Wilmington Drivers

    Tuesday 07 November 2017

    Do I keep my old vehicle or buy a new one? It's a question most Wilmington drivers ask themselves at some time or another.Generally, what it comes down to is the choice between a car payment and the possibility of repair bills. Most of the time, we want to choose the car payment because we don't like the inconvenience and uncertainty of vehicle repairs. But that payment has a detrimental effect on our budget and bank account.Edmunds.com ... read more

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