Bunge's Automotive Blog
Join us here at Bunge's Tire and Auto at 826 S McLean Blvd for a FREE car care clinic on Tuesday, February 17 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Space is limited so call early to reserve your place. Contact Steve Wright at (847) 271 2499.
At the clinic you'll learn about the following for your vehicle and its use:
- Regular maintenance
- How to discuss car problems with a technician
- Safety on the road
- Vehicle care tips
Depending on attendance we'll offer refreshments so enroll now!
Learn more about your vehicle
Bunge's believes in doing what's best for our valued customers. It's important that customers can sense when there's a vehicle problem or issue. Taking care of things early saves money, time and helps keep customers safe.
Vehicle warning lights are designed to alert a driver about potential problems. It's often hard to know what the indicators mean. The following gauges and lights help predict problems as they are unfolding:
- Temperature gauge
- Voltage battery light
- Oil gauge or light
No one likes to hear the dreaded brake noises. The good news is that brake noise doesn't always result in a costly repair. For example a brake grinding noise can simply mean that there is debris on the rotors. From grinding t
At Bunge’s we’ve adopted and supported green practices for years, including waste motor oil recycling.
Did you know that waste motor oil could serve as heating oil? During the winter months typically from November through March or April, when we change customers’ oil we use the waste oil to heat our shop.
Savings Passed to YOU!
We go one step further and pass on the savings to our valued customers. We do this by making oil changes available at $10 less during the waste-oil heating months.
Protecting the Water Supply and Environment
The benefits extend past the discount. Recycling waste motor oil in this way is better for the environment, too. We help avoid the chance that waste oil enters our water supply.
40% of pollution in US waterways is from waste motor oil. One gallon of waste oil can contaminate up to one million gallons of fresh drinking water. One quart of waste oil can create a 2-mile slick on surface water. The use of waste oils as a fuel source sharply reduces pressure on natural gas and fuel oil supplies. This practice is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.
American Petroleum Institute
Natural Oil Recyclers Association
You may not realize it, but cooling system problems are most prevalent in winter.
Have you ever noticed that your car runs better when it’s not extremely hot or cold? Cars run best between 30 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. When temps rise above (as in summer), or below…as we’re about to experience this winter, at Bunge’s we start to see an increase in vehicles with radiator leaks.
Most radiators today are made of aluminum with plastic tanks. A heater core is much like a radiator whereby coolant (also known as anti-freeze) passes through narrow passageways and the heat from the coolant is transferred to air blowing past it. These narrow passageways can become plugged with sediment from the engine. Plugged passageways prevent the coolant from entering the heater core. Since you use your heater in the colder months you may not discover heater core problems until winter…just when you need it to run properly the most.
Here at Bunge’s as temps drop we often see vehicles that haven’t been flushed regularly. When we examine the radiator or the coolant reservoir, we find it full of sludge or sediment.
To Flush or not to Flush
To help avoid clogged passageways you can have your cooling system flushed regularly. A little preventive maintenance can save you from a much more costly repair.
If your heater core becomes blocked, a routine flushing will probably not correct the problem. At that point your options are to replace the heater core, which in many ca
Yep. The wind is getting stronger and colder. That means one thing…and you know what it is. From windshield wipers to tires, Bunge’s can help you get ready.
What’s important about windshields? Keeping them clean and unobstructed. Did you know that spraying a mixture of vinegar and room temperature water on your windshield can help clear it of ice? Ice-proof your windows...with vinegar.
Frost on its way? Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one-part water and spritz it on all your windows at night. In the morning, they'll be clear of icy mess.
Beware of Freezing Fog
In the Chicagoland climate, fog near the freezing point can freeze on contact with cold surfaces--including your windshield…and roads! This can cause black ice. Adjust your defroster and windshield wipers to accommodate freezing fog conditions inside your car. Other tips:
Turn off the high beams on your vehicle when driving in foggy conditions. High beams reflect off the fog and can make hard for you to see. Use the fog lights, if you have them. Drive slowly and use an outside lane in order to avoid driving into oncoming traffic. Follow the car in front of you as a guide. You can also use the outside road markings as a way to see where you are going. Turn off your radio and crack the window to hear what’s going on around you. Avoid driving if you can.
Although it may not look like there is ice on the road, freezing fog creates a thin layer of ice on the surface of the road causing black ice. Drive extremely carefully and reduce your speeds.
Make sure that all par
It’s officially fall! As the changing winds usher in cooler temperatures they also bring a change in driving conditions. Do you have travel plans that include your vehicle this fall or for Thanksgiving?
At Bunge’s we encourage you to take a look at a your oil and your battery before the really cold weather arrives.
Regular oil vs. Synthetic oil
Did you know that most oils used today are either synthetic or semi synthetic? It used to be that the common recommendation for oil changes was at every 3,000 miles. Today, most shops recommend checking with your vehicle’s manufacturer for suggested intervals. Due to advances in technology some autos can go as far as 15,000 miles before changing the oil, for instance when they use extended life oil. But there’s a catch—“You must check the oil and you must add oil,” says Steve Wright, owner of Bunge’s.
Steve adds that while it can make sense to change the oil with less frequency in this day and age, his mechanics have noticed that 30% of autos in for service are low on oil. Many times the check engine light will cause a customer to call and come in. Often times the cause is low oil, which causes low oil pressure that can throw the timing off. It’s very important to check your oil between changes.
You may not know that Bunge’s recycles the oil from oil changes to help heat the shop in winter. And they offer a discounted oil chang