• Automotive Tips from PONTE'S AUTOCARE: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

    Wednesday 03 January 2018

    The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Wilmington drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at PONTE'S AUTOCARE to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper be... read more

  • Combustion Choreography: Timing Belt Replacement at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

    Tuesday 03 January 2017

    Have you ever seen a ballet performance? Have you wondered how all of those dancers manage to travel all over the stage jumping and twirling and never crash into each other? That's the job of a choreographer.Our auto engines are also highly choreographed. Pistons travel up and down inside cylinders. Valves at the tops of the cylinders open to let air and fuel in or exhaust out. These valves have to open and close at precisely the right time or the engine will run poorly if at all. The movement o... read more

  • Wilmington Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

    Tuesday 15 November 2016

    Any Wilmington driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for Wilmington residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example of this is the serpentine belt.The serpentine belt gets its name because of its circuitous path around the engine. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine and powers a number of systems, as... read more

  • Ask PONTE'S AUTOCARE: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

    Monday 04 July 2016

    The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so m... read more

  • Automotive Tips from PONTE'S AUTOCARE: Timing Belt Overview

    Friday 04 December 2015

    In your engine, valves over each combustion chamber open to allow fresh air in, close during the combustion event, and then other valves open to let out the exhaust. All of this happens over and over thousands of times a minute when you are driving around Wilmington. The timing belt’s important job is to make sure that all of this happens as it should – at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine won’t run efficiently or maybe not at all – so a good tim... read more

  • Automotive Tips from PONTE'S AUTOCARE: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

    Wednesday 28 October 2015

    The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around Wilmington.An old timing belt can lose a “tooth” in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing belt slips – or a broken timing belt – can be disastrous on some engines. In “interference” engines, open valves can get in the way of the piston when the... read more

  • Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for Wilmington Drivers

    Wednesday 18 February 2015

    Knowing how their engine works can help Wilmington drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let in fu... read more

  • Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in Wilmington

    Tuesday 07 June 2011

    Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to bring in the air an... read more

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