Bunge's Automotive Blog
Is it safe to use regular or mid-grade gasoline instead of premium?
You arrive at the gasoline pump and notice that premium gas costs 20 cents more per gallon than mid-grade gas, and even more than regular gasoline. Naturally, it’s tempting to fill up with go ahead and fill up with regular and save $4 or even $5 right here, right now.
Premium, mid-grade or regular?
How does premium differ from mid-grade or regular gasoline? In most states premium gasoline is defined as gas having an octane rating of 91 or 92. In contrast, regular gasoline typically has an octane rating of 87. Mid-grade falls in between, usually around 89 octane.
Is it “safe” to use a lower octane gasoline? The answer is maybe.
According to Business Insider, engine knocking can result from too low a fuel grade. “Whatever the test, the point is that knocking needs to be avoided at all cost. If allowed to continue, it can quickly cause an engine to disintegrate.” http://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-premium-gas-2012-9#ixzz39RxiN4Am
Most would agree that a disintegrating engine will cost a lot more than saving $4-$5 at the pump today and each week for years to come. If you were to calculate $4.50 times 52 weeks per year times ten years the cost would come in around $2,340. Replacing an engine is likely to cost substantially more money.
Required vs. rec
You endured the brutal winter of 2013/2014. Now it's time to survive the potholes winter left behind. It's worth mentioning that if you carry collision insurance you may want to contact your automotive insurance carrier to see if pothole damage is covered.
Here are expert tips related to those pesky potholes:
Keep an eye out so that you can slow down before the pothole. Watch out for potholes hidden in puddles. Don't brake once your vehicle is in contact with the pothole. Hang on tightly to your steering column to safely maneuver out of the pothole. Check your vehicle for damage after encountering potholes, especially deep potholes.
What are signs my vehicle has damage?
Damage to wheel rims. Warn tires, sometimes with bulges and punctures. Alignment issues that can affect steering. Damage to the underside of your vehicle. Wear to shock absorbers and struts, possibly resulting in broken parts. Possible engine damage.
After all of that, here’s a little pothole humor.
Photo credit to Bozsoki András:
Bunge’s Top Six Green Car Care Tips
Here are a number of smart things that you can do to be more environmentally conscientious, and more economical when it comes to your vehicle.
6. Plan your trips ahead of time and include errands
You can save fuel by organizing your trips. Simply running your errands in one trip can save money and time, too. Less time driving means less pollution.
5. Be sure your tires are inflated properly
Improperly inflated tires can waste as much as one gallon per every 20 gallons of gas you use. The tire pressure is listed on the side of your tires.
4. Change your oil regularly
With new oil in your vehicle it runs more efficiently. The more efficient your vehicle runs, the less fuel you waste, and the better for the environment. Keep in mind that Bunge’s recycles used oil, too.
3. Maintain the cooling system
If your cooling system is running inefficiently your vehicle can’t run as well. A car running hot or cold will have an effect on gas mileage efficiency.
2. Help your air conditioner work well: use a sunshade during the hot months of summer!
Keeping your vehicle cooler when you have it parked can help you plus help the environ
Spring into a road trip
As we start to make the much needed and wanted transition to spring, hitting the the road for road trips and even summer vacations is starting to look like fun again! But before you hit the road, here are a few things to take car of first.
Get that oil checked and changed if needed
Before the day of your getaway, be sure to check the oil. If you are not comfortable with this task, come to Bunge’s for help. You don’t want to find out the day of the trip, or worse yet, during it, that you lack oil or need an oil change for a safe trip. And don’t forget the windshield wipers while you are at it!
Get the winter out of your car
You may no longer need (hopefully) all the winter emergency gear in your vehicle: no more blankets and mittens and candles, not to mention all the road salt on the exterior. A good vacuuming of the interior will start you off comfortably on the road.
Have your car checked out before hitting the road
How does this sound: a bad battery, or flat tires, engine woes, and no air conditioning (let’s hope you need it!). The best way to avoid any of that is to have your vehicle checked before you take off. Bunge’s can help you make sure you are safe to go. Contact us before you go.
Being prepared for late fall driving conditions can help keep you and your family safely on the road.
Good braking distance
The moment that you find out that this guy, Mr. Deer, is stepping out in front of your vehicle at dawn or dusk is NOT the time to find out your brakes need work. At Bunge's we belive in providing good quality parts because we know it is best for you AND more economical. Better parts means less replacements costs for parts and labor. We want to earn your good will and trust with every service.
How's your tire tread?
YIKES don't let this be you!Wet road surfaces and frost can create black ice conditions that spell d a n g e r for you and yours. Here at Bunge's in Elgin we can get your vehicle set with the right tires for your needs. All weather tires, winter tires, touring tires--we stock many and can order more. In fact, you can search right on our website for tireshttp://www.bungestire.com/search-for-tires
We are dealers for Goodyear, Dunlop, Michelin, BF Goodrich, Kelly Springfield, Uniroyal, Continental and General. We also offer Pirelli and Yokohama, Firestone, Bridgestone, Hankook, Kumho, Cooper and