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December 23, 2015 @ 12:00am

Heater Problems on your vehicleUnless 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

November 30, 2015 @ 12:00am

Mechanical Terms You Should KnowUh, oh. Your car is making a weird noise or just isn’t working like it should. Time to call a mechanic…but how do you describe what’s exactly wrong when you’re not even sure?

The better you’re able to convey to a mechanic what’s wrong with your vehicle, the easier it is for them to identify the problem. It’s a good idea to write down specifically what’s doesn’t seem right with your car, like noises and leaks, and when they occur. It’s also a good idea to have some knowledge of common vehicle mechanic terms to help you and your mechanic communicate.

Some terms you may like to know include:

ABS Engaging: When your anti-lock braking system is engaged, you’ll feel a pulsing sensation in the brakes. Backfire: A gunshot-like sound that comes from the engine or tailpipe. Bottoming: Excessive noise felt through the steering wheel while going over bumps. Bucking: When the engine hesitates as it changes gears and the vehicle lurches. Crank: Using the key to start the engine by energizing the car's electric starter motor. When you do this, the engine usually “turns over” and starts; if there’s a problem, you might hear clicking noises. Hesitation: A brief loss of power upon acceleration. Knocking/Detonation: A rapid rattling upon acceleration Shimmy: A side-to-side motion that can be felt through the tires and/or steering wheel. Surge: A sudden, usually upward, change in the en

October 30, 2015 @ 12:00am

Stopping Rust on your car or truck.Last month we mentioned how harmful salt is to your car’s exterior as well as your brakes. Salt fast-forwards the rusting process, and unfortunately, once rust develops, the original metal is compromised.

You can hide rust with filler and give your vehicle a new coat of paint, but that’s putting a band aid over the problem and lowers your car’s value. The best option is to keep rust from forming on your car in the first place.

New cars usually have a rust protection warranty of about six years, but that’s about the time it takes for rust to first to appear in cars. The only solution to keeping rust off your car is regular maintenance, especially during the winter season.

Most car washes provide a certain degree of rust proofing in their options, but this isn’t really enough protection. A better understanding of rust formation has led to better protection techniques, of which Bunge’s Tire & Auto provide.

Bunge’s offers a painting system that neutralizes rust and puts a protective coating over your entire car. This process is called e-coating and includes:

Pretreatment. During this process, the metal is prepared for the paint, ensuring good adherence of the paint. Paint application. Post-treatment. This is where any contaminants are removed and even paint coverage is ensured.

This process usually t

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 me
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