Monthly Archives: August 2011

Drive Train - What You Need to Know in Wilmington

One Wilmington automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around Wilmington, but they're very important. First let's define what the driveline is:Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and transmission. The driveline starts there and includes all of the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels.That's not really a lot of components, but they handle the full force of the engine. Without the driveline you're not moving. So Wilmington residents need to take good care of it. The driveline components differ depending on whether your vehicle has front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive or four wheel drive. For purposes of our discussion, we're going to have to oversimplify a bit. If you are ready to have your drive train looked at, give us a call at 302-478-9786. Let's start with front wheel drive. The point where ... read more

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Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine in Wilmington, Delaware

If the fuel system in your vehicle is dirty, you will be hurting your engine and losing performance as you drive around Wilmington, Delaware.Unless they drive a vintage car, Wilmington auto owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your vehicle owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. PONTE'S AUTOCARE uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently.After a professional fuel system cleaning atPONTE'S AUTOCARE, you'll notice more power, improved and reduced exhaust emissions. We strongly recommend you follow your fuel system cleaning service recommendations to keep ... read more

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Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At PONTE'S AUTOCARE we get a lot of Wilmington drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around Delaware, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart Wilmington drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around Wilmington to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to PONTE'S AUTOCARE for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.2401 Concord Pike Wilmington, Delaware 19803 302-478-9786 The next thing is a full service oil change to make sure all of your fluids are topped ... read more

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Maintenance

Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and Wilmington drivers want to make them last as long as possible.  We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, "A stitch in time saves nine," and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your vehicle. A great example is coolant service in Wilmington.Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing, it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That's why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule.The same is true for your ... read more

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