Monthly Archives: September 2017

Automotive Tips from PONTE'S AUTOCARE: Air Conditioning Inspection

Most auto manufacturers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The inspection uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.Environmental laws in some around Wilmington require leaks to be repaired before refrigerant can be added. Also some parts manufacturers require other components to be replaced along with certain failed parts in order to maintain the new part warranty. This is because a given failure may be the result of another worn or damaged part that will, if not replaced, prematurely damage the new component.PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington is fully equipped to restore your flow of cool air.PONTE'S AUTOCARE2401 Concord PikeWilmington, Delaware 19803302-478-9786  

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Air Conditioning

Serpentine Belt Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

Serpentine Belt Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

Most Wilmington folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Wilmington market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory in line ... read more

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Maintenance

Brake Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

Brake Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

Brakes really aren't optional equipment for Wilmington drivers' vehicles. And taking care of them isn't optional either.A regular brake inspection is on every Delaware driver's vehicle maintenance schedule. At PONTE'S AUTOCARE, our team will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into your Wilmington service center right away. And watch out for these problems: Low or spongy brake pedal Hard brake pedal A brake warning light that stays on Constantly squealing or grinding brakes Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that's attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle.There are several things that need to be serviced o ... read more

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Brakes
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