Monthly Archives: June 2014

Power Steering Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

Many Wilmington drivers have been hearing about technological advances in power steering, specifically electric power steering. Some very high-end cars have been featuring electric power steering. Power steering fluid has the necessary hydraulic properties and the ability to lubricate the internal parts. The power steering fluid also protects vehicle components from rust and corrosion.Wilmington car owners should be aware that vehicle manufacturers recommend that the fluid be replaced on schedule. At PONTE'S AUTOCARE, the old fluid is drained and the system cleaned thoroughly. Fresh fluid is then installed.Unfortunately, many Wilmington drivers don't realize how important it is to service their power steering, and some may not even know that it's necessary in the first place. A neglected power steering system can develop leaks that will shorten the life of the pump.Wilmington drivers should ... read more

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Alignment

Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in Wilmington, Delaware

The median age for cars in the Wilmington, Delaware area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At PONTE'S AUTOCARE we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Wilmington area, bring it into PONTE'S AUTOCARE for high-mileage maintenance.2401 Concord PikeWilmington, Delaware 19803302-478-9786 Many people in Delaware are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern vehicles are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn't have to be a painful experience.Local car owners in Wilmington with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask which service intervals they should follow. Let's start with the special needs of the older vehicle...The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll. The engine and transmission will have more sludge. The fuel, steering and brake systems will have gum and varnish built up ... read more

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Maintenance

The PONTE'S AUTOCARE Guide to Vehicle Diagnosis

Modern Wilmington vehicles have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions – and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle.Think about that for a minute – things that used to be controlled by simple mechanical connections now have electronic controls that rely on computers, software and sensors. It's no wonder that when something goes wrong with their vehicle it can be pretty complicated for Wilmington drivers to track down the source of the problem.To help your service advisor at PONTE'S AUTOCARE figure out what's wrong, your vehicle is equipped with on-board diagnostics. The Check Engine light comes on to tell you there's a problem and the engine management computer stores a trouble code. Your friendly and knowledgeable PONTE'S AUT ... read more

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Diagnostics

Getting New Tires in Wilmington?

There are so many tire choices in the Wilmington area that selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for drivers. And even though it's kind of fun to have new tires on your vehicle, they're a significant investment for most Wilmington area folks so you want do it right.Tip: talk with your friendly and knowledgeable PONTE'S AUTOCARE tire professional. He'll help you sort through the choices.Here are some of the issues you'll talk about: One is size – you know, all those numbers on the side of the tire. The right size is . All new vehicles are required to have stability control which, along with other important safety systems, is calibrated to work with specific tire sizes. Your Wilmington tire professional can help stay within manufacturer's specifications or program a different tire size into your vehicle's computer.And you'll want to discuss how and where you drive to determine the type of tire you need: summer, winter,  all season ... read more

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Tires and Wheels
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