Yearly Archives: 2017

How Do You Save Gas in Wilmington, Delaware?

How Do You Save Gas in Wilmington, Delaware?

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 those really big SUVs. Lots of kids and horses to haul around, you know. His family was planning a four day camping trip. Here's what he did to cut his fuel costs:First, he installed a new, high flow engine air filter. Then he had his service center change his oil, flush his cooling system and service his front and rear differentials along with the transfer case. He also had a fuel system cleaning, replaced his PCV valve and breather element. He also made sure his ... read more

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Fuel System

Exhaust Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

Exhaust Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

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 exhaust and emissions service. High-tech computer controlled emissions devices are now a big part of exhaust service. Because it is so sophisticated, your recommends you have your emission system checked out by a qualified Wilmington exhaust technician regularly to make sure everything is working right - usually every 6 months or 10,000 miles/16,000 kilometers.If your Check Engine light comes on, especially if it's flashing, get your car looked at right away. Technicians at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmingto ... read more

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Exhaust

Introduction to Diesels for Wilmington, Delaware

Introduction to Diesels for Wilmington, Delaware

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 haven't been available in Wilmington, Delaware. But that's about to change.In the past, North American diesel fuel has had a much higher sulfur content than European fuel. Recent environmental laws have required changes in diesel formulation and emissions standards here in Wilmington, Delaware, so we are now ready to start seeing more diesel options offered over the next few years.Why are so many Wilmington drivers interested in diesel engines? Well first off, diesel fuel is more energy dense. Th ... read more

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Fuel System

Stay Safe in Wilmington by Putting Your Cell Phone on ICE

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 person's name and for contact information for someone who can help them get the person the medical care they need. This contact information is critical in an accident because Wilmington medical workers need to know about allergies and potential drug interactions. Also, in Delaware, some medical treatments can't be provided without authorization or consent, and there can be insurance and billing issues if the person's medical care is not properly arranged. ICE provides a solutio ... read more

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Emergency Items

Time for Differential Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE?

Time for Differential Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE?

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 your outer and inner wheels in a turn. Using the dimensions of a typical car, let's compare the distance the wheels travel from the start of a turn through to the completion of the turn.The inside wheel travels about 12.6 feet/3.8 meters. How much farther does the outside wheel travel? About 18.8 feet/5.7 meters – over 6 feet/1.9 meters more. This means the outer tire has to rotate 9 times in the same amount of time that the inner tire has to rotate only 6 times - so the ... read more

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Drive Train

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
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