• Winter Tires

    Monday 19 March 2018

    What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of Wilmington driver's perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees.Twenty years ago in Delaware, winter tires differed from highway tires only in their tread design. Delaware drivers called them snow tires back then, and they had big, knobby lugs that were designed to give good traction in deep snow. They had the same rubber compound as regular ti... read more

  • Beware of Cheap Tires in Wilmington

    Monday 23 October 2017

    Do you like to shop for shoes in Wilmington?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pairs of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires? Wilmington drivers should also think about the safety aspect of tires. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your pas... read more

  • By the Numbers: Tire Replacement at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

    Monday 21 August 2017

    Ever notice that your tire is covered with writing? It's like some hieroglyphic art form. Of course, Wilmington drivers know that it's not just graffiti, but to most of us, it might as well be. Would you like to know what all those codes on your tire mean? It won't lead you to buried treasure, but it could help you make a better tire purchase at your local Wilmington tire store.Prominently featured on your tire is a set of numbers and letters that looks something like this: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The... read more

  • Saving Lives in Wilmington with Tire Pressure

    Monday 27 February 2017

    All new passenger vehicles on our Wilmington, Delaware, roads now have tire pressure monitoring systems – TPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are underinflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about them.First off, the most important thing is that you still need to check your tire pressure every week – or at least every time you gas up. The TPMS system alert comes in when your tire i... read more

  • Automotive Tips from PONTE'S AUTOCARE: Tire Replacement Overview

    Monday 13 February 2017

    Tires are an expensive purchase, so knowing when tires should be replaced is important for Wilmington drivers. Tires will just wear out with normal use. The depth of the tread on your tire determines how well it will stop, start and steer – especially in wet conditions. 4/32th of an inch (3.2 mm) of tire tread is considered a safe amount of tread.Uneven tread wear can be a symptom of other problems, and simply replacing your tires will not prevent the same uneven wear from happen... read more

  • Wilmington, Delaware Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

    Monday 31 October 2016

    When winter approaches in Delaware, Wilmington residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for Delaware winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing Wilmington residents want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to be safe and reliable. It's a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime - but the stakes are higher in cold Delaware winters.There are some specific things Wilmi... read more

  • Picking the Right Tires in Wilmington

    Monday 24 October 2016

    Shopping for tires in Wilmington can be bewildering because there are many choices. Let's simplify. There are four main classifications of tires, each designed for different purposes.First off, there are summer tires. Those who buy summer tires in Wilmington are looking for maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to help stick to the road on fast corners on Delaware roads. The tread has wide blocks at the shoulder to stiffen the tire i... read more

  • Tire Rotation and Balancing at PONTE'S AUTOCARE in Wilmington

    Tuesday 04 October 2016

    Tires do a lot of work for Wilmington drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around Wilmington. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With such important work to do, you want your tires to do their job well. And since replacing tires is fairly pricey, you want them to last as long as possible. There are three... read more

  • Automotive Tips from PONTE'S AUTOCARE: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

    Wednesday 04 November 2015

    Repair or Replace? That’s a question Wilmington drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch (6.4 mm) are considered too large to be safely repaired. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired. Run flat tires should not... read more

  • Automotive Tips from PONTE'S AUTOCARE: Where Should New Tires Be Placed

    Thursday 22 October 2015

    When Wilmington drivers need to replace tires, they need to know how many they should get and on which axle they should be placed. Replacing a damaged tire may leave you with three others with significant wear, which could affect your traction control, stability control and anti-lock brake systems.If you can’t afford to replace all four tires at once, you should at least replace two on the same axle. New tires should always be put on the rear axle for stability in slippery conditions... read more

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