• A Stitch in Time at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

    Sunday 12 August 2018

    You probably have heard that expression, "A stitch in time saves nine." In other words, if you fix an issue at its early stages, it will prevent a much more difficult problem later. That's certainly the case with your vehicle, and here's a true story to demonstrate it. A driver noticed his vehicle was due for an oil change, so he took it in to his service facility early in the morning so he could wait while the work was performed. The technician routinely checks the battery on vehicles just befo... read more

  • Battery Maintenance Tips From PONTE'S AUTOCARE

    Monday 18 June 2018

    When it comes to your vehicle, it all starts with the battery. Proper battery maintenance is important for two reasons:First, your vehicle won't start or run without it. Second, it is the key to the long life of your auto electrical system. If your battery isn't working efficiently, your alternator has to work overtime to make up for it, and other electrical components can suffer as well.A number of years ago sealed batteries were introduced to the local Wilmington, Delaware, market. They were h... read more

  • PONTE'S AUTOCARE Alternator Replacement Service in Wilmington

    Tuesday 16 May 2017

    Your vehicle alternator doesn't get enough credit. Though your battery gets your engine started, after that – it's all about the alternator.  Driving around Wilmington is a lot of work for your alternator, and as upgrades such as heated steering wheels, cooled seats, stability control and lane departure warning become more common, it will have to work even harder. Eventually this workhorse just wears out. When it does you have no choice but to order an alternator replacem... read more

  • Make Your Battery Last

    Tuesday 28 March 2017

    Today's report from PONTE'S AUTOCARE is on vehicle batteries, why they die and what we can do to lengthen their life. Most of us have had a dead battery at one time or another. In fact, it would be very unusual if you hadn't. You may be surprised to learn that only 30 percent of Wilmington vehicle batteries last for 48 months.Now that's an average. How long a battery lasts depends on many factors. You may not know that one of the biggest factors is the temperature where you... read more

  • Need a New Battery? Call PONTE'S AUTOCARE Today

    Sunday 22 January 2017

    Hello Wilmington drivers! Need a new battery? There is a good chance that you do – 70% of batteries need to be replaced within four years. As your battery discharges and then recharges as you drive around Wilmington, bits of the surface of the battery plates disintegrate. As this process continues over a few years, the alternator has to work harder to supplement the battery charge. Over time, enough of the battery is damaged that it can no longer hold a charge and it needs... read more

  • Charge It in Wilmington for Extended Battery Life

    Tuesday 08 November 2016

    Here's an interesting statistic for our in Wilmington, Delaware, drivers: Only 30 percent of car batteries make it to 48 months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from 51 months in extremely cold areas to just 30 months in extremely hot climates.Why is that? It turns out that it's our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs and entertainment computers are keeping vehicle batteries from maintaining a f... read more

  • Automotive Tips from PONTE'S AUTOCARE: Making a Battery Last Longer

    Wednesday 25 November 2015

    One thing all Wilmington drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. PONTE'S AUTOCARE can help maintain your battery.Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very harmful to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that about 10 times before they are ruined.Also, making sure you h... read more

  • Automotive Tips from PONTE'S AUTOCARE: Battery Testing

    Friday 13 November 2015

    The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at PONTE'S AUTOCARE when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most Wilmington drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.Your PONTE'S AUTOCARE service advisor can test your battery to see... read more

  • A New Battery in Wilmington

    Wednesday 04 March 2015

    Hello Wilmington drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Wilmington, here's some auto advice to help you.There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking a... read more

  • Battery Basics for Wilmington

    Tuesday 21 January 2014

    It's important for Wilmington drivers to know battery basics. First, let's talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold Delaware weather. Most Wilmington area drivers think it's cold weather because that's when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold vehicle engine. However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the... read more

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