• Don't Be Fuelish

    Sunday 19 August 2018

    If you smell gasoline in your vehicle, pay attention to your nose. That's because it has an important message for you. Newer vehicles should never have a gasoline smell inside. One of the most dangerous conditions can come when your fuel line system has a leak or multiple leaks. Vehicles with fuel injectors are under pressure, meaning a crack or small hole in a fuel line can allow vaporized fuel to escape, sometimes around hot engine parts. Gasoline vapor and hot metal? You see the problem. One... read more

  • Fuel Injectors

    Monday 14 May 2018

    The last new American vehicles sold in Wilmington with a carburetor rolled out of the Delaware dealerships in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles here in Wilmington, and nationally, have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much gas to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute. Fuel i... read more

  • The PONTE'S AUTOCARE Guide to Saving Fuel: Beware of Myths

    Wednesday 25 April 2018

    There's a lot of auto advice in Delaware right now on how to save money on gas. Some of it is good advice. Some of it isn't. Some of it is myth. And it may well be a scam. Plain and simple. When someone offers you a product designed to save money on gas, ask yourself, “Does this sound too good to be true?” If the answer is yes, do more research.The internet offers us a convenient and quick way to research someone's claims about gas savings... read more

  • How Do You Save Gas in Wilmington, Delaware?

    Sunday 17 December 2017

    No one in Wilmington, Delaware, likes to spend a chunk of change at the gas pump. Rising Delaware fuel prices, however, have spurred Wilmington drivers to focus on how to improve their fuel economy. North Americans literally drive billions of miles/kilometers less each month during times of high fuel prices. But we still need to drive (we love our vehicles, after all!), so it makes sense to try and increase our fuel economy however we can.Let's look at a real life example. This man has one of th... read more

  • Introduction to Diesels for Wilmington, Delaware

    Tuesday 05 December 2017

    Something you're going to be hearing a lot about around Wilmington, Delaware, is diesel engines. We're not talking about semi-trucks and buses; we're talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs.Most people in Delaware are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import brands offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines h... read more

  • Fuel System Cleaning at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

    Wednesday 15 November 2017

    Is your vehicle sometimes hard to start early in the morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your vehicle's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your fuel economy. Most Wilmington vehicles have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. Fuel injection systems have fewer proble... read more

  • Engine Air Filter from PONTE'S AUTOCARE

    Sunday 30 April 2017

    Many Wilmington drivers have found themselves in the following situation: They go to get their oil changed and their friendly service advisor at PONTE'S AUTOCARE recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don't know what an air filter is or what it does.If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask your PONTE'S AUTOCARE service advisor for more information. I... read more

  • Fuel Filter Service in Wilmington, Delaware

    Monday 20 March 2017

    There are a surprising number of small, inexpensive parts that can lead to expensive engine damage when they fail. It doesn't seem right.Fortunately a lot of those things can be taken care of in routine maintenance. They may not be easy to remember because it is a long list, but your service center at PONTE'S AUTOCARE can help you know what's scheduled to be taken care of.Some of us in Wilmington, Delaware, really don't look forward to going in for an oil change and then getting a list of the ot... read more

  • How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Wilmington

    Sunday 04 September 2016

    There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in Wilmington can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get a new computer at our nearest Wilmington computer store. But computer experts know that there are things you can do to delay the need for a new computer purchase. You can run utilitie... read more

  • Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Wilmington, Delaware

    Sunday 21 August 2016

    Let's talk about alternative fuel vehicles. In their quest to reduce the use of fossil fuels and harmful exhaust emissions in our Delaware environment, automakers will have a number of alternatives for Wilmington drivers very soon.For instance, Flex Fuel vehicles are already available in the Wilmington area. Flex Fuel vehicles can run on gasoline or on E85 fuel. E85 is a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The ethanol is made from corn. The bene... read more

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