Bunge's Automotive Blog
This time of year, it’s pretty common to get caught up in a little “cotton seed hurricane” outside as the cotton seed falls from their plants. But what you probably don’t know that while these seeds can annoy you on a hike or when you’re hanging out on the patio, they can also actually cause issues for vehicles.
In the summer, there are a lot of cotton seeds dropping…which means they often stick to anything stationary. Cars that frequently idle, like police cars, tend to collect a lot of cotton seed on the radiator and condenser. This, in turn, fosters an environment that leads to overheating, since the radiator cannot get the airflow it needs to maintain the correct temperature.
Fortunately, the fix is something you can find in your back yard. To clear off the radiator and condenser, take a garden hose and spray water on both. If the blockage is bad enough, you may have to remove the radiator to spray the condenser from under the hood to the front of the car to solve the problem.
And as always, if you can’t seem to get things working properly again, stop in or call Bunges Tire. We’d love to put your seed problem to re
When it comes to car repairs, there’s one thing you definitely don’t want to hear from your mechanic: “It’s your transmission.” If your vehicle has more than 100,000 miles and your repair shop tells you the problems you are experiencing are internal to your transmission, you should really only consider two options: replace the vehicle or replace the transmission. But be forewarned—either option will be expensive.
To make an informed decision, consider the following. First, what other problems does the vehicle have? We had one customer who knew the engine was knocking, the vehicle's main computer needed replacement and the instrument cluster needed to be rebuilt. They (rightfully so) elected to replace the vehicle. Ask yourself how much rust your vehicles has; if the body/frame and fuel and brake lines aren’t rotted, you should probably opt to just replace the transmission.
Maybe the main decided factor for you is price of transmission replacement and what your car is worth. The actual transmission repair is about $1,500, but with added labor can reach $2,000 to $3,000. If your car is only worth $5,000 or $6,000 dollars, it mi
Your vehicle has worked hard all winter, fighting weather, salt and severe temperatures. There’s bound to be some aftereffects that could hurt your car’s future and your travel plans. As spring springs, be sure to have your vehicle checked over so it’s prepared to take on a warmer road.
Check your fluids. This includes oil (it’s recommended to have your oil changed every 3,000-5,000 miles), transmission fluid and windshield wiper fluid. Speaking of windshield wipers, consider replacing yours. We suggest changing them every 6 months or so, and it’s important to have good wipers in the rainy season. Rotate tires, and alter your tire pressure if necessary. Different weather conditions require different tire pressures, so check with your mechanic to determine the best pressure. Check your alignment. Driving over potholes and snow banks can change your alignment and suspension. You could have a problem if you notice the car pulling to one side or the steering wheel vibrating as you drive. Have your brakes inspected. Your brakes are perhaps the most important component of your vehicle, and it’s important to ensure that salt and moisture didn’
If your vehicle demands Group 3 synthetic oil, it’s time to get excited. We’re soon switching our bulk oil to Group 3, likely by the end of this week.
The benefits of synthetic oils are numerous. They have better low- and high-temperature viscosity performance at service temperature extremes and are resistant to oxidation, thermal breakdown, and oil sludge problems. There’s also the environmental benefit of less used oil waste generated.
Another benefit to having the 5w30 full synthetic oil in bulk is one to your wallet. Normally, dexos1 oil changes cost $49.95 and 0w20 oil changes were $69.95. Now we can perform oil changes using our new bulk oil for $29.95 (and sometimes as low as $19,95 with an online coupon). This includes up to five quarts of bulk oil, but excludes some oil filters that are more costly.
Starting this week, you’ll be able to reduce your maintenance costs by Bunge’s bulk oil change. How’s that for a new year gift?
Unless you have an electric car, your vehicle's heater operates through transferring the heat in the anti-freeze (coolant) to the passenger compartment. This is done through a heater core, or miniature radiator, underneath your dashboard or just outside the firewall in the engine compartment. The blower motor is a fan that draws air past the heater core, causing the heat exchange.
If your vehicle does not have heat, it could be due to several problems:
If the vehicle has plenty of air movement from the blower motor but no heat, it may be because your coolant level is low. Normally, the heater core is near the top of the cooling system, so any leaks which allow air to enter the system creates a pocket of air in the heater core, which requires a liquid in it for the transfer of heat. If this is the case, simply filling the cooling system will likely solve your heat problem. However, it probably is indicative of a larger problem — a coolant leak. Most shops charge a minimal fee for a cooling system inspection, which would be well worth the cost. Fixing a fairly cheap leak early is a lot cheaper than driving it out of coolant and risk damaging the cylinder head(s) or gaskets. Another common culprit of causing no heat is a plugged heater core. If the core is plugged so that new hot coolant cannot flow through, there will be no heat. One way to check if this is the case is by comparing the temperature of the two hoses provid