Monthly Archives: November 2011

Cooling System Components

Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It's one of those things that Wilmington auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in Delaware.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don't you hate it when something breaks and you could have done something to prevent it?The good news is that if Wilmington drivers take care of their cooling systems, they can keep working for the life of their car.Here at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington, we emphasize preventive maintenance services like replacing your coolant according to the factory schedule. But the various parts that make up the cooling system need attention too. The major components of the cooling system are the water pump, freeze plugs, the thermostat, radiator, cooling fans, the heater core, the pressure cap, the overflow tank and t ... read more

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Cooling System

Fuel Saving Tip: Fuel System Cleaning Near Wilmington, Delaware

A lot of fuel is wasted in the Wilmington area by dirty fuel delivery systems in vehicles.Let's start at the tank. The gas tank gathers dirt, rust and sediment over the years. That's why there's a fuel filter to clean the fuel after it leaves the tank. A dirty filter will rob the engine of the clean gas it needs to run efficiently.The fuel intake components get coated with gum and varnish over time. This results in fuel being delivered inefficiently and some of that gunk getting into the engine. A fuel system service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE will leave your intake components as clean as a whistle.The big fuel thief is dirty fuel injectors. They deliver fuel to the engine at a specified pressure and in a particular spray pattern. When they're clogged, the fuel doesn't get atomized the way it's supposed to and doesn't get burned as efficiently.See your owner's manual or ask your Wilmington service advisor at PONTE'S AUTOCARE when a fuel system cleaning is rec ... read more

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Fuel System

The PONTE'S AUTOCARE Guide to Tire Specs

You know you need newtires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the Wilmington service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind goes blank.Tire size can be confusing for many Wilmington drivers. There's so much on the side of the tire, and it's hard to keep straight.Even though there's a lot on a tire - if you know what it all means, it's actually more helpful than confusing for Wilmington tire shoppers. Let's start with the size number.For example, let's say a tire reads: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The 225 part is the width of the tire in millimeters - the width between the sidewalls of an inflated tire with no load. The 50 is the aspect ratio - the ratio of the sidewall height to the tread width. Off-road tires will have a higher number and hig ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Keep It Flowing with a Fuel Filter Replacement at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around Wilmington use fuel filters. For more information about your fuel filter, visit PONTE'S AUTOCARE at 2401 Concord Pike in Wilmington, Delaware 19803.Please call 302-478-9786 to make an appointment. Generally speaking there's not a lot of dirt in our Wilmington area auto fuel supply, but there is enough that you want to screen it out. The problem actually gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That's because dirt, rust and other contaminants will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After your vehicle is five years or older, it can actually have a fair amount of sediment built up.That just means that the fuel filter has to work harder as your vehicle ages. It'll get clogged sooner and need to be replaced ... read more

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Fuel System
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