• Procrastination Prevention in Wilmington

    Monday 09 July 2018

    Every one of us has a little procrastinator inside us. Some put off getting our teeth cleaned. Others put off answering our emails. Yet others put off calling friends and family (sorry, Uncle Joe). And there are those of us who put off getting our vehicle's service done, whether it's a repair or regular maintenance. You may make the excuse that you don't have time, it can wait until tomorrow, you have other things to do. Well, there are some things you should NEVER put off when it comes to your... read more

  • The PONTE'S AUTOCARE Basic Guide To Synthetic Oil

    Monday 09 April 2018

    Synthetic motor oil has been around for a long time, and more and more new vehicles are leaving factories with synthetic in their engines. But a lot of drivers don't really know much about it.Let's start with conventional oil – the kind folks are used to. Conventional oil is made up of naturally occurring hydrocarbon chains, which means its molecules are long and have various lengths. Like a pile of pencils, some of them new and some of them used.Synthetic oil is man-made. Its molecul... read more

  • PONTE'S AUTOCARE Advice on What to Pour into Your Vehicle

    Tuesday 17 October 2017

    Changes in vehicle design and manufacture have resulted in changed fluid requirements for our vehicles. With the sophistication of engines, transmissions, differentials, etc., it's best for Wilmington residents to always use the proper type of fluid for their vehicle. Using incorrect fluids can actually damage your engine.As engines have become more sophisticated, new weights (or grades) of engine oil have been introduced. Today, there is a much wider range of weights for engine oil as well as a... read more

  • PONTE'S AUTOCARE Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

    Sunday 07 May 2017

    Hello Delaware! Today's vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round m... read more

  • The PONTE'S AUTOCARE Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

    Monday 09 January 2017

    The automotive professionals at PONTE'S AUTOCARE would like to give Wilmington drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every day.  Fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.The Wilmington do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the wrong type of... read more

  • Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

    Tuesday 18 October 2016

    Oil changes are probably the most recognized service on a vehicle. Almost all Wilmington residents know about them. But do we know enough?Several decades ago, oil changes were fairly standard: every three months or 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But recent advances in both engine technology and oil quality have led to longer oil change intervals.Delayed or skipped oil changes are a problem for Wilmington residents because they lead to the build-up of oil sludge in your engine. Oil sludge... read more

  • Delaware: What Is the Risk of High Oil Change Intervals?

    Tuesday 28 June 2016

    Delaware residents may have heard that vehicles don't need their oil changed as often as they used to. That's true. But it's not the whole story.Owing to improved engine technology and higher oil quality, most newer vehicles can go longer between oil changes than their older counterparts.So what is a good time interval for oil changes? How do Delaware residents know when to change it? And why do we change it in the first place?Oil lubricates a vehicle's engine, which protects it from friction da... read more

  • Super Slick at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington: Synthetic Oil

    Wednesday 03 December 2014

    When you get an oil change, it's always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we're asked if we'd like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for Wilmington drivers. Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic mot... read more

  • The Right Fluids for Your Vehicle

    Friday 28 February 2014

    The current vehicles in the market have over a century of engineering behind them. They have evolved into complex and powerful machines. Developments in their engines, however, have coincided with advances in many other vehicle components, including the fluids.It's up to people in Wilmington to always use the right type of fluid for their vehicle. Your service advisor and your owner's manual are resources for auto advice on exactly what types of f... read more

  • The Right Automotive Fluids for Wilmington Drivers

    Thursday 12 December 2013

    All those automotive fluids can be confusing for Wilmington drivers. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won't work as well and could even cause damage.In addition to new grades of engine oil, many vehicles now leave the factory with synthetic oil. People in Wilmington should always use... read more

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