Monthly Archives: September 2013

Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern vehicles are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free."Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to Wilmington Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth has more evidence than most. If we look at some isolated areas of auto maintenance, we could conclude that maintenance isn't so important. But other areas would just as easily lead you to believe that maintenance is more important than ever.Here are some examples for our friends in Wilmington. Some vehicles in Wilmington no longer require chassis lubrication. They're made with self-lubricating materials and have sealed joints. There's literally no way to grease those joints. -Chalk one up for the myth.On the other side, some vehicles come with sophisticated variable valve timing. A lot of complicated parts are up ... read more

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Why are wheel bearings for Wilmington vehicles important? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's PONTE'S AUTOCARE post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very job while you drive around Wilmington, Delaware. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles (160,000)  or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds (1600 kilogram), each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds (400 kilograms). That's a lot of heavy lifting over those long distances.Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for Wilmington vehicles. The bearings are packed with heavy grease to ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Deciphering the PONTE'S AUTOCARE Menu Board

Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Wilmington, Delaware, service centers like PONTE'S AUTOCARE have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service. Feel free at any time to give PONTE'S AUTOCARE a call at 302-478-9786 to learn of the many services we offer, or stop by our Wilmington, Delaware auto center at 2401 Concord Pike, 19803. First remember that all of these services are recommended by vehicle manufacturers. They set how often or at how many miles/kilometers the service should be done.Air conditioning service involves purging the old refrigerant and capturing it for proper disposal. Then fresh refrigerant is installed. The fresh refrigerant will lubricate the system and will also hel ... read more

PONTE'S AUTOCARE Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

PONTE'S AUTOCARE Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

All Wilmington service advisors know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles. The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And on many vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures. (On some vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.) So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why your vehicle manufacturer and your service advisor at PONTE'S AUTOCARE have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn't fail.Your friendly and knowledgeable PONTE'S AUTOCARE service advisor can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon and will measure the ... read more

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