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Shake It up in Wilmington!: Why Wheel Balancing

Shake It up in Wilmington!: Why Wheel Balancing

Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, we generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to achieve this is to keep a vehicle's wheels in balance. When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, it is usually out of balance. This means that as the wheel spins, there is a slight wobble to the path of the tire. For best handling performance and safety on the road, Wilmington drivers want to minimize this wobble as much as possible. So we balance our tires. To balance a tire, your technician at PONTE'S AUTOCARE spins it on a machine or drum to determine where it is off-balance. He then attaches weights that counter-balance the uneven weight. Most people in Wilmington are surprised at how much balancing improves the smoothness of their ride. High-quality tires generally hold their balance well. But over time, wear and tear take their toll and tires can become unbalanced. Wilmington drivers can te ... read more

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Below 45 Degrees in Wilmington: Consider Winter Tires

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and Wilmington drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. Delaware drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever.Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the Wilmington area are much better designed for the wide range of conditions that come with Delaware winter weather. They are made with a rubber compound that helps them stay flexible in cold weather. Regular tires become hard and stiff at Wilmington temperatures below 45°F (7° C) which reduces their traction. That's a concern in winter, especially with snowy or wet conditions. But it also means that Wilmington drivers are better off with winter tires in cold weather even when it's dry.The tread design on winter tires has been improved to m ... read more

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Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

When we shop for shoes, most of us know that we can get two pairs of cheap shoes or one good pair for about the same price. And since the two cheap pairs wear out in about the same time as the good pair, there really is no difference in cost. If you like having a closet full of shoes to match your moods and outfits, then cheap shoes can be what you want. But if you spend a lot of time on your feet, you probably know that cheap shoes can come with an added cost of sore feet and other foot ailments. When you add in the benefits of comfort and protection, the more expensive shoes are actually the better value.Buying tires at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington is a lot like buying shoes, except that Wilmington vehicles don't have changeable apparel and don't need a closet full of tires to match. Vehicles spend a lot of time on their tires—all the time, in fact—so they need tires that can stand up to the job. Tires are work shoes ... read more

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Keep Your Tires Well Rounded in Wilmington: Tire Rotation and Wheel Balancing at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

Keep Your Tires Well Rounded in Wilmington: Tire Rotation and Wheel Balancing at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

Taking care of our tires is part of vehicle care for Wilmington drivers. We know they have to be replaced when they wear out, but tires also require some preventive maintenance. This maintenance will improve and extend the life of the tires, so it's well worth the effort and expense for Wilmington drivers to get it done. Tire maintenance includes keeping tires properly inflated, rotating tires and balancing wheels.The recommended tire pressure for a vehicle's tires is printed on a sticker on the inside of the driver's side doorjamb. A lot of engineering goes into calculating the correct pressure, so it's an important number for Wilmington vehicle owners to know. Not following this recommendation can throw off the suspension system and can lead to tire damage. Underinflated tires wear out more quickly than properly inflated tires. Vehicles also get better traction and handling on properly inflated tires. Check your tire pressure at least once a week and add air if necessary.Do ... read more

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How Much is Enough for Wilmington Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

How Much is Enough for Wilmington Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

Most Wilmington drivers know that tires wear out and that the wear has to do with tread depth. Most of us have heard that “bald” tires are dangerous, but most of us picture a tire with no tread at all when we think of a bald tire. And when we take our vehicles in for preventive maintenance, the technician tells us they're need to be replaced long before all the tread is worn off. Just how much tire tread wear is too much? And how can you tell? Tires are and their condition is important to the safe handling of a vehicle, so it's for Wilmington vehicle owners to know the answers to these questions.First of all, it's important to understand that there may be a legal limit to tread wear. If your tires are worn past this limit, you have to replace them to be in compliance with Delaware auto safety laws. That's why measuring your tread wear is part of a vehicle safety inspection.In some jurisdictions, tread must be at least 1.6 millimeters or ... read more

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Talk to PONTE'S AUTOCARE About New Shoes for Your Vehicle

Talk to PONTE'S AUTOCARE About New Shoes for Your Vehicle

Custom wheels are one way that Wilmington folks express themselves and personalize their vehicle. But they aren't as cheap and easy as sticking decals on your back window. There are several factors that need to be considered, including cost, the fit of the wheel, modifications that will have to be made to the vehicle, how the new wheels and tires will affect the operation of the vehicle, your driving habits and, of course, the style of the wheels. Most Wilmington drivers start with the last factor: the style of the wheels. But that should be the last thing we choose. When considering custom wheels, you should first carefully consider your budget. Some wheels may require adjustments to your vehicle suspension system, brakes, or traction systems. You need to know what you can afford before you start shopping or get your heart set on a particular type of wheel. There are three basic ways you can change your wheels. First, you choose ... read more

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Under Pressure in Wilmington: TPMS

Under Pressure in Wilmington: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in Wilmington, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely underinflated.Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause crashes and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on Delaware roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, Wilmington drivers who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that this has serious safety concerns as ... read more

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Getting the Right Tires and Wheels in Wilmington

Getting the Right Tires and Wheels in Wilmington

A lot of people get custom wheels in Wilmington. When you do this yourself (over the internet . . .) you could run into trouble if you're not careful. Sometimes, once they're mounted, they just don't fit right. The tires rub in turns or on bumps. You don't want that. Consulting your PONTE'S AUTOCARE tire professional can ensure you get the right fit. First he'll ask you a series of questions about your Wilmington driving needs and what you want in your new wheels. Now, not every wheel can go on every car. Care must be taken so that tires and wheels are not too large or that the wheel is centered too far towards the outside or the inside so the tires rub.If you don't want to make any modifications to your vehicle, you would need to focus on the wheels that would fit. With trucks, some people in Wilmington like much bigger tires so they need a suspension lift.Also, most Wilmington drivers don't realize that you need to keep the rolling diameter o ... read more

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Helping Wilmington Drivers Get the Right Tires

Helping Wilmington Drivers Get the Right Tires

Every Wilmington vehicle owner has to purchase tires at some time or another, so it's a good idea to understand what the choices are. The best seasonal performance is achieved by purchasing tires to match the season you are driving in. Summer tires are designed for hot temperatures. The tread is engineered for good traction on dry or rainy Delaware roads. But the rubber compound in summer tires gets stiff when temperatures drop below 45°F (7°C), and snow and mud can pack into the tread, reducing the traction of the tire.Winter tires are designed for good traction on snowy surfaces. The tread actually throws snow off of the tire as the wheel turns. The rubber compound in a winter tire is soft so that it will remain flexible at temperatures below 45°F (7°C). At higher temperatures, however, the softer rubber wears down rapidly.All-season tires sacrifice some of the extreme performance of summer or winter tires, but they maintain adequate traction in either type of Wilming ... read more

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PONTE'S AUTOCARE Advice on Buying New Tires

PONTE'S AUTOCARE Advice on Buying New Tires

Today's tires and wheels offer a lot of options for every Wilmington driver's style, habits and driving conditions.Tires are designed for high-performance in winter or summer and even come in a long-wearing variety for all Delaware seasons.Wilmington off-roaders should be excited about the options available to them as well. The tread on off-road tires is designed to handle the wear from bumps and rocks. The tires' high profile protects rims from damage.But what if you own an SUV but aren't interested in off-roading around Delaware? You can change out those high-profile beasts for a lower, wider look if it suits your style.PONTE'S AUTOCARE tire professionals can offer great auto advice on how to choose tires that match your needs and style.If you just need to purchase new tires, a tire professional at PONTE'S AUTOCARE can also help you select the tires that are best for your driving needs and habits. The right tires will protect you and your vehicle on the road.So personalize ... read more

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