Monthly Archives: October 2011

Automobile Fluids For Your vehicle

If you've walked through the automotive fluids section of an auto parts store in Wilmington, you'll know how overwhelming the sheer number of products available can be. How do you know what's right for your vehicle?As you know, these fluids all serve a function in making your car run as you drive around the Wilmington area. Your vehicle manufacturer has specified a particular type of fluid for every system from the motor, to the cooling system, brake fluid and so on. When you realize that not every variation is applicable to your vehicle, the task becomes more manageable.First let's talk about why there are so many varieties. Starting with motor oil, we see that manufacturers match the properties of a particular weight or type of oil with the design needs of the engine. For example, engines with sophisticated valve trains often require a thinner weight of oil.Some vehicles around Wilmington come from the factory filled with synthetic oil&nbs ... read more

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Fluids

Fuel Saving Tip: Gas Caps from Here to There

This fuel saving tip is so simple, no one will believe it. It has to do with your gas cap.The first thing is to make sure it's screwed on tight. If it's loose, gas vapor will be constantly leaking out; wasted gas.This could cause the Check Engine light to come on as well.A worn gas cap can have the same effect. If you constantly smell gas when you walk by your tank, you might need a new gas cap.So, twist your cap until it clicks three times – that means it's on tight. Have your Wilmington area service advisor at PONTE'S AUTOCARE inspect the cap to see if it needs to be replaced.See, I told you it was simple.Don't forget to call PONTE'S AUTOCARE at 302-478-9786 for an appointment to optimize your vehicle for better fuel economy.  PONTE'S AUTOCARE 2401 Concord Pike Wilmington, Delaware 19803 302

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Fuel System

The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our Wilmington area shoe stores?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 pair of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires?When you choose new tires in Wilmington, what's the most important factor for you? Give us a call at PONTE'S AUTOCARE at 302-478-9786 for tire recommendations. You know, buying tires in Wilmington is a big deal. It's a big ticket item so you know you'll be spending a lot. You're not only concerned about the price, but you want to know that it'll be a long time before you need to buy new tires again.And of course there's the safety aspect as well. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. They need to be up to the task. You want to b ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

PONTE'S AUTOCARE Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

Wilmington residents often ask the question: "Will using premium gas make my car run better?" The answer is simple. But first, let's talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around Wilmington, Delaware, also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences.Engines require different octane ratings because of design differences. For example, turbocharged engines usually require premium gas.There's a sticker on your gas tank filler lid that tells you the minimum octane rating your vehicle manufacturer recommends. For help identifying the type of gasoline your engine needs, come by PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington. PONTE'S AUTOCARE2401 Concord PikeWilmington, Delaware 1980330

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Fuel System
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