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Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Wilmington residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all Wilmington residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Wilmington service center. To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call: PONTE'S AUTOCARE2401 Concord PikeWilmington, Delaware 19803302-478-9786 These recalls always affect safety, so Wilmington residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of these sites have free recall searches.Recalls are pretty serious for Wilming ... read more

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Odometer Rollback on Your Wilmington, Delaware Vehicle

Odometer Rollback on Your Wilmington, Delaware Vehicle

How do Wilmington drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect Delaware consumers against mileage fraud. It says a Delaware seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in Wilmington, Delaware, stop by PONTE'S AUTOCARE: PONTE'S AUTOCARE 2401 Concord Pike Wilmington, Delaware 19803   If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.If the seller tells you the mileage isn't accurate, there's not much chance of putting a good number to it. And there's the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it isn't. What can Wilmington vehicle owners do?You can go to www.CarFax.com, where, for a small fee, they'll give you a ... read more

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Older Vehicles

Custom Wheels and Tires for Your Wilmington Ride

Custom Wheels and Tires for Your Wilmington Ride

  It seems like everywhere you go in the Wilmington area you see custom wheels. Big trucks, little cars, mini-vans - it doesn't matter - are expressing themselves with custom wheels. Some Delaware auto owners want smaller tires and wheels - some want larger - and some want them enormous. So where do you start if you want new wheels? At PONTE'S AUTOCARE, we suggest you start with your budget. We know, that sounds so practical. But if the look you're after goes beyond just new tires and wheels and enters into the world of suspension modifications, you need to be prepared for the additional cost.Let's start with something easy - you want to give your ride a unique look and the stock wheel size is just right for you. One of the concerns you will have is that the new wheels have the same offset as your vehicle factory wheels.Your tire and wheel professional at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington can help you find the right size wheel or install adapters to make your new wheels fit ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Make Your Vehicle Last

Make Your Vehicle Last

We live in such a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days, Delaware folks were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough - they had to do without. Most Wilmington drivers couldn't afford new vehicles very often, so they had to make them last as long as they could.It's a good thing that vehicles are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us Delaware penny pinchers is that a modern vehicle can easily go 200,000 miles/320,000 km with proper care. The engineering and the manufacturing quality is tremendous. The missing ingredient is us Wilmington vehicle owners making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedules.Every time you go a little farther between recommended oil changes, you have created an opportunity for sludge to be formed ... read more

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Maintenance

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in Wilmington

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in Wilmington

About 90% of our driving decisions in the Wilmington area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most Wilmington drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the Wilmington area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.Wilmington drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll stay ahead of the ... read more

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Maintenance

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in Wilmington

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in Wilmington

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to bring in the air and fuel. And there are valves that open to let out the exhaust after the fuel has been burned. Call PONTE'S AUTOCARE at 302-478-9786 for answers about your timing belt, or drop by our Wilmington, Delaware, service center on 2401 Concord Pike. It's critical that the values be timed to open and close at precisely the right time in the combustion cycle, or the engine will run poorly or not at all.The timing belt is responsible for rotating the sh ... read more

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Timing Belt

Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in Wilmington, Delaware

Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in Wilmington, Delaware

Every car in Wilmington, Delaware, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sense Visible and audible devices Immobilizing devices Tracking devices Let's review each of these. One is common sense; you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in Delaware where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it's against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.And don't leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. Wilmington drivers would be wise to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park near th ... read more

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Automotive News

Can Car Scent Keep You Safe on Delaware Roads?

Here's a travel tip that'll I'll bet you didn't know, and it might keep you safer...The average American commuter in Delaware spends two and a half hours daily in their vehicle.The government says 100,000 auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one traffic safety concern.)So what does this have to do with how your vehicle smells while you're driving around Wilmington?Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert? Is it: A. Strawberry B. New Car C. Pine D. Warm Vanilla Breeze It's C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the vehicle, according to AroMetrics.And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents.And you thought they just smelled nice. PONTE'S AUTOCARE2401 Concord PikeWilmington, Delaware 1980330

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Automotive News

Maintaining Your Older Car in Wilmington, Delaware

Maintaining Your Older Car in Wilmington, Delaware

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Wilmington, Delaware: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Wilmington motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the Wilmington area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in Delaware have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin'.Give PONTE'S AUTOCARE a call at 302-478-9786 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn't mean it doesn't have ... read more

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Maintenance

Get Where You're Going with Power Steering Service in Wilmington

Get Where You're Going with Power Steering Service in Wilmington

Today we're going to talk about power steering service in Wilmington. If you took an informal poll around Wilmington you'd probably find that most vehicle owners have never heard of power steering service. That's not surprising. Even though power steering is standard on every vehicle, most people in Wilmington aren't aware that it needs periodic service.If you're younger than a certain age, you've probably never driven a vehicle without power steering. To get an idea of the difference; if you've ever cut a board with a hand saw, you know it's a lot of work. Using a power saw is easy-peasy by comparison.Without power steering, your arms have to do all the work to steer the wheels, and that's hard, especially around downtown Wilmington. That's why old cars had such big steering wheels: to get enough leverage to steer.Most vehicles in Wilmington have a hydraulic power steering system. The serpentine belt from the engine powers a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid. Th ... read more

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Steering
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