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Bunge's Automotive Blog

October 05, 2015 @ 12:00am

The first official day of winter is about 90 days away. That might seem far off, but we all know that Midwest weather can be unpredictable, and it’s very likely to snow before then. And with every snowstorm comes icy roads turned to salty, but safer, roads.http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blogfolder/Salt-and-your-Brakes.jpg

While salt is great at keeping us safe, it’s not so great for keeping your car safe. Salt can harm your vehicle’s paint, subframe and most dangerously, your braking system, as rust forms when moisture and oxygen combine on metal, and salt accelerates that process. In fact, brake failures due to salt damage were responsible for at least 107 crashes in 2014 in the United States, and the problem can affect up to 2 million vehicles yearly.

In order to stay safe and keep your car in top shape this winter, we recommend you:

  • Take your vehicle to the car wash as often as possible (every 10 days), making sure the undercarriage is cleaned.
  • Have you car waxed and sealed with every washing.
  • Bring your car into a mechanic prior to the winter season to pre-treat with an oil solution under the car to help fight winter road salt damages.
  • Have your vehicle regularly checked by a
September 01, 2015 @ 12:00am

Changes in vehicle RefrigerantToday, we are more focused on making cars environmentally-friendly than ever before. With the introduction and success of hybrid, electric, propane and natural gas vehicles, manufacturers are scrambling to discover and implement the next way to lower environmental impact. The last time there was a major refrigerant change was in the 90s, when we switched from an R-12 refrigerant to an R-134a. Now, within the past few years, Europe has focused on car refrigerants that are even more benign due to the lowered likelihood that emissions will deplete the ozone. The United States recently adopted this idea, using R-1234yf in cars like Cadillacs, Chrysler 300, Dodge Chargers and more, instead of the 90s R-134a version.

According to the EPA, R-1234yf has a global warming potential that is 99.7 percent less than R-134a. Vehicles that use the new refrigerant, like the Cherokee, qualify for tradable credits from the EPA, helping Fiat Chrysler to comply with new fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards that will double to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg by 2025. General Motors has announced that it intends to use R-134yf in all of its vehicle models by 2018.

Because R-1234yf does not have as great a cooling ability as R-134a, the air conditioning systems of the new refrigerant operate at greater pressures than the conventional Freon. This would lead one to question if the newer systems will have a greater propensity for leaking. If this does in fact become a reality, it coul

August 03, 2015 @ 12:00am

Diesel Truck ServicesDid you know that trucking is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, yet our area lacks the diesel mechanics and facilities to work on those trucks?

We think that where there’s a truck, there needs to be a mechanic behind (or under) it. Bunge’s newest diesel department is here to help. Coming this month, we are opening our diesel facilities. There you’ll be able to take your trucks, bulldozers, cranes and other heavy vehicles with diesel engines for maintenance and repairs.

Our newest addition includes an additional two bays, one lift, a compressor and more. We’re also employing experienced diesel mechanics to provide the best service to you and any of your vehicles.

Swing in for a visit to see our latest update!

June 29, 2015 @ 12:00am

Considering Buying a Used Vehicle? See these TipsToday, nearly 66 percent of automobile purchases are used vehicles.  The reasoning behind this is fairly simple: lower cost. The majority of us cannot afford to pay the thousands upfront for a brand-new vehicle and don’t want to deal with financing options and their additional fees.

Buying a used vehicle is a great option as long as you do your homework. Before purchasing a vehicle that has a few years — and miles — on it, always: 

1. Get a CARFAX report. If there’s a history of an accident, thoroughly inspect the vehicle to determine if it’s still in good condition. Last year, I was shopping for a used vehicle with my wife and came across one she was interested in.  After reviewing the CARFAX report, I checked out the vehicle with body damage top of mind. The right rear door had obviously been worked on and didn’t properly close or line up with the rear fender. Without the report’s help, I probably wouldn’t have noticed and could have ended up making the mistake of purchasing that vehicle.

2. Take the vehicle on a long test drive. Operate it under a variety of circumstances, like on the expressway, in traffic and in the country, for fifty miles or so. Make sure it accelerates properly and operates smoothly. Keep your eye on the temperature gauge to make sure the cooling fans are working. Put the windows down if possible, and pay

May 29, 2015 @ 12:00am

As we head into the warm, summer weather keep in mind that winter isn’t the only season that’s hard on your vehicle. At Bunge’s the summer months bring customers in for battery replacement almost as much as winter.

Battery

As you may know, the job of the battery is to get your car started. Once the car starts it is the alternator that performs the “heavy lifting” and keeps your car and all of its systems running. That includes your lights, wipers and, of course, your air-conditioning system.

When you come in to Bunge’s, we regularly check tires, brakes, wipers and batteries and if needed other systems because we believe in keeping our customers safely on the road. We try to catch things before they become a “surprise” of the unpopular kind. Whenever possible, we provide tips to help you save time and money.

Alternator

Give your car a break this summerImagine driving on a hot, dark summer night in a rainstorm. Not only are your headlights and possibly fog lights running, but also running are your wipers and…if you have your air conditioning cranked that can put a lot of stress on your alternator. By stressing your alternator in this manner you can cause parts like wi