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Bunge's Automotive Blog

October 18, 2011 @ 12:00am

The month of October seems to be flying by; it’s hard to believe that Halloween is almost here. If you find yourself driving on the night of October 31st be sure to use extra caution with the trick-or-treaters on the streets and around neighborhoods. If your little trick-or-treater is out, make sure that they are wearing bright colors that can easily be seen by drivers with reflective tape or glow sticks. Also remember that certain neighborhoods have different days for trick-or-treating and use extra caution.

 

http://www.progressive.com/vehicle-resources/halloween-safety.aspx

 

Also with the temperatures starting to drop make sure to have a car scraper available for that early morning frost.

September 14, 2011 @ 12:00am

Unfortunately yes….that time is really here.  The leaves are going to start changing, you’ll start dragging out your sweaters and boots, pools will close and Jack Frost will meet you at your front window. 

What you also have to start preparing yourself for is the driving hazards that can creep up on you before the first snowfall even hits the ground.

In order to prepare yourself for the hazards that come with autumn, The Car Care Council urges drivers to be ready by having their vehicles’ tires, brakes and wipers checked before hitting the road.

Before you get on the road you should be aware of the dangers of puddles and standing water to your tire traction and brakes, but what most do not realize are the potential dangers that arise due to foliage and wet leaves on the roadways.  A single layer of wet leaves on the road is hard to see but the dangers can me imminent.  Especially in heavy traffic areas leaves can cause: difficulty stopping, fish-tailing and acceleration problems.  Stopping and accelerating are even worse on uphill and downhill areas such as entrance ramps.

Dry leaves create room for problems as well by hiding pot holes, curb and street markings or even a fire hazard if they connect with a hot muffler or tail-pipe.

To help yourself counteract the potential road hazards, we encourage you to stop into Bunge's Tire & Auto to make sure that your car’s handling and trac

August 17, 2011 @ 12:00am

The weather may be cooling off a little, but don't dust off your winter boots yet! Summer is still here and it's a fantastic time to get out and enjoy the weather. August is perfect for taking end of summer road trips and vacations. Have any family trips planned? Make sure to plan your trip ahead of time and visit us at Bunge's to make sure your car is in pristine condition before you hit the road.

 

Here is a helpful link to help you plan your route and maximize your gas savings!

http://www.gasbuddy.com/

 

Also to help you in checking out the rest of your car, this link offers valuable tips to ensure you are fully prepared for your journey.

http://www.usdrivertraining.com/articles/pre-road-trip-car-care.php

July 14, 2011 @ 12:00am

Did you know? 

Vehicle repairs cost an average of 34% more at new car dealerships than independent repair shops?

Interesting tid-bit of news we'd like to think :)  Bunge's Tire and Auto has always (and will always) take pride in providing the best auto repair at the fairest price.

Read the attached link for more information about saving money through independent repair shops.

http://www.aftermarket.org/News/031109.aspx

May 13, 2011 @ 12:00am

News article from:  http://www.caranddriver.com/news/car/07q2/tips_for_summer_car_care-car_news

Summer can be tough on cars, especially during high temperatures when heat can destroy batteries and stress the cooling system and tires. As a precaution, these vehicle components should be checked periodically during summer to help avoid breakdowns and car problems, according to the Car Care Council.

Excessive heat and overcharging shorten the life of a battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, which will eventually destroy a battery.

To get the most life out of a battery, the council recommends having the electrical system checked to make sure it is charging at the correct rate. If your car's battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it often, especially in hot weather and add distilled water if necessary. Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt can become a conductor, which drains battery power. If corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator and inhibits the current flow.

The cooling system also works harder during hot temperatures to prevent overheating of the engine. To keep the cooling system working effectively, the co