The Basics of Belts & Hoses

One of our jobs here at Maserati of Wilmington Pike is to share our automotive knowledge with customers like you. Belts and hoses are some of the more obscure auto parts that sometime come up in conversation at our service department. What are they? What do they do?

Belts & Hoses 101

Belts and hoses keep your engine parts working in order, delivering power to engine accessories while also dispersing antifreeze. Timing, serpentine and cooling are the three main types of belts and hoses.

Regardless of make/model, most belts & hoses eventually dry up, crack and stop working. To stay on…

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Getting A Better Car Loan With A Better Credit Score

Credit scores are a simple three-digit number that determine what kind of loan a person is able to get when it comes to their vehicle, their home, their student loans, and so much more. You want your score to be as high as possible in order to get the most favorable rates.

A good credit score doesn’t just happen automatically. You need to be on top of things when it comes to paying your bills on time, taking care to pay more than the minimums if at all possible, and minimizing the utilization of your credit as much as…

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Do You Trust Your Car's Battery?

If starting your car has recently felt uncertain, today's battery advice from Maserati of Wilmington Pike can help keep you joyfully moving forward on Chadds Ford's roadways.

While your battery may need replacement, do not jump to that conclusion. The metal posts on your battery may have corrosion, which can keep a charge from moving to your car's starter. Alternatively, the problem may be in your charging system, which joins your alternator to your battery. Our professional technicians can address these possibilities for you.

When you're certain that you need to replace your vehicle's battery…

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Why buy a used car?

No matter how much time and attention we put into a vehicle, there comes a time when it needs to be replaced. You are then left with the option to start over with a new or used vehicle. Although the perks of a newer car are obvious, we want to see the benefits of a used car as well.

Make A Good Investment

Depreciation is not something that you want to think about when car shopping but it will happen. Once a new car is purchased and driven off the lot, the value starts to go down. With a used…

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Obtain a Professional Alignment for Your Vehicle

Keeping your wheels in proper alignment is crucial. Maintaining proper alignment ensures optimal vehicle handling, increased tire longevity, and enhanced passenger comfort. In addition to following the recommendation in your owner's manual for obtaining an alignment there are also some signs that your vehicle is in need of this service.

One of the signs of you may be in need of an alignment for your vehicle is that it pulls to the left or to the right. Another indication your vehicle is in need of an alignment is vibration. If your steering wheel is crooked when you are driving…

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Get Your Car Ready for Spring with These Car Care Tips from Maserati of Wilmington Pike

At Maserati of Wilmington Pike we are excited about spring and warmer temperatures. You might not know that a little car care as we head into the warmer months will improve your vehicle's performance. Here are a few things to consider.

Radiator service for your car is a good spring car care tip. This will help remove any residue in the radiator that has accumulated over the winter. You should also make sure that your car's air conditioning is serviced before it gets hot outside. While these things are being done you can also have your service professionals…

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Find Out Why Replacing Cabin And Engine Air Filters Is So Important

Most Chadds Ford locals know that maintaining a high quality of indoor air is vital for ensuring resident safety and health. They also understand that regularly inspecting and maintaining their home HVAC equipment is one of the most important parts of these efforts. At Maserati of Wilmington Pike, we want consumers to know that changing their cars' cabin and engine filters is equally essential.

Why The Cabin Air Filter Matters

The air filter in your vehicle's climate control system is designed to minimize or even eliminate [potentially harmful particulates from the cabin. When it's clean and working like…

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Three Types Of Winter Tires

Many vehicles come from the dealership equipped with all-season radials. These tires do a good job of providing traction in snowy conditions. However, if you live in areas where there is a lot of ice and snow in winter, you should consider winter tires. Maserati of Wilmington Pike wants you to know about three types of winter tires.

One type of winter tire is a studded snow tire. These tires have little metal studs in them to provide grip on the slick streets. Most states will not allow you to use them outside of the winter months. These tires provide…

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A Few Winter Driving Tips From Maserati of Wilmington Pike

Driving around Chadds Ford during the winter can be dangerous if harsh weather sets in, which is why you need to be prepared for icy and snow-covered roads. Check out our winter driving tips to optimize safety.

Before you depart, check the weather forecast and traffic updates, and be sure to tell someone where you're going. You can pack an emergency kit in case you get stuck. Items to include in your kit are a flashlight, batteries, food, water, blankets, and other supplies that can help you stay safe until emergency services arrive.

When you're driving, be sure…

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Belts and Hoses: Routine Maintenance is a Must

Open up the hood of your car and you will notice several belts and hoses. They connect vital systems together. Over time, however, they can dry out and crack. Routine service and maintenance of hoses and belts is important to avoid breakdowns and repairs.

Car manufacturers recommend replacing certain items on a recommended schedule. This scheduled maintenance helps avoid roadside breakdowns. The timing belt is an example of something that should be replaced as recommended. It is what keeps the engine's valves and pistons moving in perfect sync. If that belt breaks, the timing of the engine can slip…

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