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Fuel System Cleaning at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

Fuel System Cleaning at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

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 problems and require less adjustment. But they still need to be properly maintained. This is why your owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.Some Wilmington residents are interested in buying fuel system cleaners that they can pour into their gas tank. You can do that - and there are lots of great products available that can help maintain an already clean fuel system - but these products cannot do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see P ... read more

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Fuel System

The Economy of Maintenance for Wilmington Drivers

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 is a great website to help you with your decision. This site uses repair histories to calculate the average repair bills for specific makes and models of cars. You can plug in the information for your vehicle and get an estimate on what it will probably cost you to continue owning that vehicle.Now, Edmunds.com isn't a crystal ball. It can't know what will happen to your specific vehicle. But it can guide you in knowing how much money to budget for the repair and maintenance of your vehicle ... read more

Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down in Wilmington

There’s not much Wilmington drivers can do about the price of gas in ?Delaware, but we can control - up to a point - how much we use. Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy. The first thing we can do is watch the go-pedal. Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don’t need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year in improved gas mileage. Go a little slower on Delaware expressways. Wilmington drivers who go more than 65 miles an hour (105 kilometers per hour) will see their gas mileage drop dramatically. Leave early so you don’t need to rush to be on time. And cruise control is your friend – steady speeds use less gas. Plan errands ahead. Make fewer trips by combining errands around Wilmington. Hey at current Wilmington gas prices, a lead-foot might as well be a gold foot. Give us a call PONTE'S AUTOCARE 2401 Concord Pike Wilmington, Delaware 19803 3 ... read more

Beware of Cheap Tires in Wilmington

Beware of Cheap Tires in Wilmington

Do you like to shop for shoes in Wilmington?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pairs of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires? Wilmington drivers should also think about the safety aspect of tires. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. You want to be sure they hold the road and provide good traction on Delaware freeways and surface streets. If you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on Delaware highways, the tires need a high load rating.Ask your friendly and knowledgeable Wilmington tire professional at PONTE'S AUTOCARE. I think it's important that Wilmington residents understand the effect of price on a tire's quality, performance and durability. When I was a kid, my dad would say, “Pay twice as mu ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

PONTE'S AUTOCARE Advice on What to Pour into Your Vehicle

PONTE'S AUTOCARE Advice on What to Pour into Your Vehicle

Changes in vehicle design and manufacture have resulted in changed fluid requirements for our vehicles. With the sophistication of engines, transmissions, differentials, etc., it's best for Wilmington residents to always use the proper type of fluid for their vehicle. Using incorrect fluids can actually damage your engine.As engines have become more sophisticated, new weights (or grades) of engine oil have been introduced. Today, there is a much wider range of weights for engine oil as well as a variety of formulations for different types of engines.Transmission fluid, brake fluid and coolant/anti-freeze have changed because the materials that go into making the systems they protect have changed. The fluids in our vehicles generally have two jobs: to lubricate and to prevent corrosion. The fluids formulated for your vehicle are specifically designed to protect the materials that make up its engine parts. Using the wrong fluid may leave some parts vulnerable to corrosion. Further, using ... read more

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Fluids

Trip Inspection at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

Trip Inspection at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

Wilmington area drivers love their vehicles. And one of the most enjoyable things about them is taking a road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it's great! But there's nothing like vehicle trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.Now Wilmington drivers can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. The first step is to look at your trip plan from your vehicle's perspective. What kind of roads will you be traveling – winding Delaware byways? Purple mountain majesties or fruited plains? What weather conditions are you likely to encounter? How far will you travel each day? How much weight will you be hauling – passengers and luggage? Pulling a trailer, roof top carrier or ATVs? Will it be dusty? Prepared with answers to these questions, you can schedule a trip inspection at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington to help you  ... read more

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Alignment

Air Conditioning Service in Wilmington

Air Conditioning Service in Wilmington

Hey Wilmington! Let's talk about one of our Delaware summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It's real easy for Wilmington drivers to take their car's air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool. Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadically? If so, it is time to get your air conditioner checked at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington. When most Wilmington folks hear the words "air conditioning problems." it sends a shiver up their spine. That is because the air conditioning system is fairly complex. It has a lot of parts and when it's broken, it's hard to repair.What things can Wilmington drivers do to prevent air conditioning breakdowns?A common cause of air conditioning failure is leaks ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Automotive Tips from PONTE'S AUTOCARE: Air Conditioning Inspection

Most auto manufacturers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The inspection uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.Environmental laws in some around Wilmington require leaks to be repaired before refrigerant can be added. Also some parts manufacturers require other components to be replaced along with certain failed parts in order to maintain the new part warranty. This is because a given failure may be the result of another worn or damaged part that will, if not replaced, prematurely damage the new component.PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington is fully equipped to restore your flow of cool air.PONTE'S AUTOCARE2401 Concord PikeWilmington, Delaware 19803302-478-9786  

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Air Conditioning

Serpentine Belt Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

Serpentine Belt Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

Most Wilmington folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Wilmington market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory in line ... read more

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Maintenance

Brake Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

Brake Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

Brakes really aren't optional equipment for Wilmington drivers' vehicles. And taking care of them isn't optional either.A regular brake inspection is on every Delaware driver's vehicle maintenance schedule. At PONTE'S AUTOCARE, our team will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into your Wilmington service center right away. And watch out for these problems: Low or spongy brake pedal Hard brake pedal A brake warning light that stays on Constantly squealing or grinding brakes Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that's attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle.There are several things that need to be serviced o ... read more

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Brakes
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