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March 26, 2012 @ 12:00am

Winter or Spring…that is the question, March and April are normally confusing “bipolar months”.

Here in the Elgin, Illinois area it is hard to figure out if Mother Nature wants it to be winter or spring especially after this “winter”. Here at Bunge’s we are going to go ahead and call it: winter is over and spring is here (Bunge’s is not liable for weather related comments) so that can only mean one thing. Time to get you shovel out of your trunk, stow away your hat and mittens and open the windows and turn up the radio.

With spring’s arrival, here are some tips for getting your car out of winter mode and into spring and summer mode.

First thing, go out and get a car wash, you deserve it. If you are anything like us here at Bunge’s you have been putting this off because you don’t want to spend the time just to get it dirty again. Go all out and even vacuum the carpets!

Second get an oil change, get rid of that gunky winter oil and get some fresh oil in your car.

Third, how are your springs? Shock absorbers, that is? 

Finally, turn on your air conditioner and make sure it is working properly. It is no fun to turn up the AC on a hot day and find out your AC doesn’t work.

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February 21, 2012 @ 12:00am

Have you been keeping up with your car New Year's resolutions?

For some reason it seems that February is always the month that cars seem to break down…on the coldest day…in the snow…. in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully Bunge's is affiliated with the ACCC. Did you know that with ACCC those who qualify can get  extra  assistance:

Road Hazard Warranty 24 Hr Road-Side Assistance 90 Days Same As Cash Preferred Customer Card Coast to Coast Warranty Preferred Fleet Program

Bunge's and the ACCC are here to help. Contact Bunge's to see if you are qualified for ACCC, and the services they offer.

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January 25, 2012 @ 12:00am

With the New Year here that can only mean one thing... it is resolution time. Some of you may make resolutions to loose weight or try to be a little more organized. However, here are some car resolutions that you should make to help your car keep running in the best condition.

1. Schedule at least two checkups with your mechanic here at Bunge’s to make sure that your car is running in the best possible condition. With these easy check ups you can ensure your car is running in the best condition, and you may spot problems ahead of time. You should have your car checked out as often as you have your teeth cleaned, so about every six months.

2. Make sure that all of you fluids filled and changed regularly. Many fluids may not require much attention like brakes, clutch, and coolant but they are very important to ensure the best performance of your vehicle and is very easy to do, and can save you money down the line. Your car can get thirsty too, so make sure you don’t let it get dehydrated.

3. If you have a problem with your car make sure you get it checked out right away. Don’t wait for the problem to become a nuisance and you could really cause some major damage. So don’t put that sticky note to block the check engine light and stop acting like it

December 16, 2011 @ 12:00am

Wintertime means SNOW and wet conditions. Tire check time! What are the top three signs of tire wear you should know about before the snow really flies?

1. Lack of wet traction

We have all had the experience of being stopped at a stop sign on a rainy, wet day. And as you hit the gas pedal your tires start to spin so you can’t get any traction. That can mean two things: You are trying to beat the person next to you off the line, or your tires have very little tread left.

The grooves in tires decrease with normal tread wear. The purpose of the grooves is to help water on the road escape from the tread. As the tread wears, the water can’t escape and hydroplaning starts to occur. If you have had this experience recently it is time to think about new tires.

2. The steering wheel shakes

As you accelerate does your steering wheel sometimes feel shaky? Do you have the feeling that your tires are square instead of round when you drive? Do your tires look under inflated?

This can be caused from the tread of the tire not being balanced out. This is sometimes from minor separation from the tire from the rim and bands inside the tire. It may feel like your tires are simply out of balance. The separation of the tire from the rim is non-repairable and usually that indicates that tire(s) will need to be replaced. 

3. Thumping and humming 

We have all walked in a store parking lot and heard the sound of s

November 08, 2011 @ 12:00am

Winter Car care and winter driving

 

With Halloween going by, Thanksgiving coming up, and Holiday music starting to be played that can only mean one thing: winter is coming. Along with winter the snow that can cause driving hazards is coming soon too. Here are some tips to make sure that you have your car in the optimal driving condition for the upcoming winter.

Have adequate snow traction; a tire requires at least 5/32-inch deep tread. Here at Bunge’s we can help you with all your tire needs and make sure that you have the best tires for winter driving and a simple tire rotation can help you a lot more than you think. Make sure your brakes are operating properly, and your antilock brake system is functioning correctly. Finally if the road looks slick, it probably is caused by black ice and use extra caution when driving

 

For more winter driving tips visit

 http://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/driving-on-snow-and-ice-10-safety-tips.html