• Things Aren't Always What They Seem

    Sunday 27 May 2018

    If you drive, you know at some point, something's going to go wrong with your vehicle.  And sometimes, it's pretty easy to figure out what's wrong, like a flat tire.  But sometimes your vehicle's symptoms can be really puzzling. One driver in Delaware was heading to work on a hot July day and noticed when he pressed the accelerator, sometimes it wouldn't do anything. He also noticed his cruise control wouldn't work and his traction control light was constantly on, very unusual. He was... read more

  • On Board Diagnostics for Your Engine

    Tuesday 07 March 2017

    Starting in 1996, PONTE'S AUTOCARE service technicians have been able to use a standardized diagnostic system to help determine what is wrong with a vehicle. This diagnostic system works in tandem with the Engine Control Modules for each vehicle's engine. The Engine Control Module is a computer that monitors and controls many engine functions.Sensors throughout a vehicle send readings to the Engine Control Module. These readings help the compute... read more

  • Diagnosing Your Vehicle at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

    Tuesday 26 July 2016

    When we Wilmington residents get a car repair bill, we really shouldn't be surprised to find “diagnostic fees” as one of the line items. When we get a computer fixed, there is usually a charge for the time it takes to diagnose the problem. When we go to a medical doctor, most of his fee is for his ability to diagnose what's wrong. It's no different with our vehicles.Some diagnoses are fairly simple. Brake repairs at PONTE'S AUTOCARE usually require only a visual inspection, for insta... read more

  • What Is That? Check Engine Light Service at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

    Thursday 22 January 2015

    Okay. You went to your local Wilmington car wash, and while your vehicle was under the dryer, the Check Engine light started flashing. Panic! What did you just do? Something is seriously wrong with the vehicle! You head for the nearest Wilmington service center, but on the way, the Check Engine light stops flashing and just glows red. Hmm. Maybe things aren't as bad as they seem. You decide to wait until payday to take your vehicle in to get serviced. In the meantime, the Check Engine light... read more

  • The PONTE'S AUTOCARE Guide to Vehicle Diagnosis

    Wednesday 11 June 2014

    Modern Wilmington vehicles have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions – and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle.Think about that for a minute – things that used to be controlled by simple mechanical connections now have electronic controls that rely on computers, software and s... read more

  • Automotive Detective Work in Wilmington

    Wednesday 16 April 2014

    There's a reason we use the word “diagnose” when we talk about fixing cars in Wilmington. Figuring out what's wrong with your vehicle has a lot of similarities to figuring out what's wrong with someone who is ill. Vehicles are a mass of complex systems that can produce a variety of symptoms when something goes wrong. As with human diagnoses, a specific symptom may be indicative of a number of problems, and figuring out the specific cause takes training and experience... read more

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