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August 15, 2016 @ 12:00am

Class is in session: Fall Driving 101Days are getting shorter and leaves are turning and that means one thing: It’s back to school time. To help you celebrate, we wanted to take you back to school for a little “Fall Driving 101.”

The first lesson is to make sure you’re ready for fall hazards. When leaves pile up in the street and get wet, they can be as slippery as ice. They also block gutters and drains, making it likely you’ll encounter standing water. And, with kids going back to school and deer starting to get active in more rural areas, being able to stop quickly is more important than ever. Get your brakes checked, and have any noises or performance issues addressed.

Your next lesson is to consider upgrading to an all-season tire. While you might lose some of the speed and agility of your regular tires, all-season tires provide a more flexible tread pattern, allowing you to maintain control in dry, wet and slick conditions. If you don’t want to upgrade, make sure to check your tread depth and tire pressure and make sure they’re within the manufacturer’s suggested limits.

For extra credit, check in on your spare tire. Did you know that even if you’ve never used it, your spare could need replacement? Over time, rubber breaks down, especially if a spare is mounted outside your vehicle, like beneath a truck or on the rear of an SUV. Check with your tire’s manufacturer to see how often they recommend replacing spares

July 14, 2016 @ 12:00am

What is Your Car Trying To Tell You? Read the oil marks on your Parking Spot.You don’t have to be a CSI to read the evidence of engine wear your car leaves on the road. With a few easy tips, the spots your car leaks in the garage or on the parking lot can help you notice potential issues before they become big problems.

One of the easiest spots to identify is engine oil, which is light brown to nearly black. With a high volume of oil in your car, a little seepage is generally not a big deal. However, if it happens consistently, it’s time to get your engine evaluated for leaks.

Clear, to light brown in color, brake fluid can look similar to oil but it feels much more “slippery.” This is one of the most dangerous fluids to see leaking from your car and, if there is a large leak, don’t drive. Instead, have your car towed and repaired.

A bright orange or green spot, and a “slimy” consistency is engine coolant, and in the summer heat, it could mean trouble. Carry a jug of water and an extra bottle of coolant in your car. If you spot a coolant leak, you can top off your tank and make it safely to a mechanic.

A reddish color in the spot, located close to the center of your car, is likely transmission or power steering fluid. While the consistency can vary, red is a telltale sign you need to get your car in for a checkup. 

If you suspect a leak, try spreading newspaper beneath your car overnight. If you n

June 17, 2016 @ 12:00am

Air Conditioning common problems and what to do about them.Nothing can make a summer car ride swelter like a faulty A/C system. Here are some common A/C issues.

A strong odor coming through your vents usually means one thing: Fungus or bacteria in your climate control system. This smell is “musty,” or “moldy” and it happens because microorganisms like the safe, often damp area behind your dash, near the A/C’s evaporator. If the odor is more like a “locker room” smell, there’s a chance your cabin air filter is old and needs replacing.

But the most common problem is warm air from your vents and it means it’s probably time to schedule an appointment before the weather gets too hot. There can be many causes for warm or hot air coming from your vents, both mechanical and electrical, and it’s often difficult to pinpoint the issue. Leaks are one of the most common causes of A/C issues and they can occur in almost every part of the system. A blown fuse or faulty faulty fan could also be the culprit.

The bad news is that while some A/C problems can be a quick fix, the system as a whole is complex and potentially dangerous if you aren’t experienced and properly equipped. The good news is that we have years of experience diagnosing and addressing A/C issues. And, if you haven’t had you’re A/C worked on for a few years, we offer an A/C Evacuation and Recharge service to make sure you’re running cool when the dog days’ hit.

May 24, 2016 @ 12:00am

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.http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/ThinkstockPhotos-528623190.jpg

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

April 06, 2016 @ 12:00am

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. http://www.bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/ThinkstockPhotos-184828850.jpg

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