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Bunge's Automotive Blog

January 29, 2013 @ 12:00am

With 2012 gone and 2013 here it comes to mind that we are just in the beginning of the winter season

with winter at its strongest point. Are you aware of effects of cold weather and your vehicle? If your battery is more than four years old cold weather can really affect its performance. A battery has agreater chance of dying in extreme cold.

Next, winter can affect tire pressure. Be aware that in cold weather the air contracts and can lead to reduced tire pressure, poor gas mileage and poor handling. Tire pressure in turn can affect tread levels and we all know where that can lead — less traction in snow, ice, and wet conditions.

Finally, check to make sure that you have the proper level of antifreeze in your radiator. The last thing you want is for your radiator to break down on a cold winter day.

When it comes to driving in the cold weather there are a couple things to be sure to do:

  • Keep a half tank of gas in case something happens, you don’t want to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere.
  • Keep your windshield wiper fluid full.
  • Put a shovel, and an ice scraper in your vehicle.

When you battle the elements you want to be sure to have all of the proper weapons in place to fight it.

With 2012 gone and 2013 he

December 21, 2012 @ 12:00am

It’s that time of the year again. Time to get the family in the car and make the annual drive to our family's and friend’s homes for the holidays. We all love the look of snow when peering out of the front window, but when it comes to driving IN the snow, it is a completely different thing.

Growing up in the Midwest it seems learning how to drive in the snow has to be one of the most difficult things to do. When it snows there is always something new like doing doughnuts “accidentally” or that moment of sheer terror when you turn and you aren’t going in that direction. Hopefully you know the ins and outs of winter driving, but here are some tips to ensure that you aren’t skidding through intersections or doing doughnuts.

  • First of all, it’s best to not go out driving until the plows and salts trucks have cleared the roads to ensure safe travel.
  • If you need to drive, use extra caution and do not speed, speeding is one of the main causes for accidents in winter weather.
  • When driving avoid using cruise control you should control your speed yourself so you can factor in the conditions.

Please use extra caution when driving in snow conditions and ensure that your tires are properly inflated and that your tires are in good condition for winter driving.

If you do get stuck be prepared and have a winter driving safety kit in your car. Here are some of the items to have i

November 26, 2012 @ 12:00am

It seems like it was yesterday I was declaring winter over and spring and summer here. Sadly, it is the time of the year again to dig out your scrappers and put a shovel in your trunk.

Here are some helpful tips is you find yourself without the proper accessories to help keep you out of trouble.

If you discover a light coating of frost on your car windows and don’t have a scraper a good trick to do is to use an old credit card or gift card, it works just as well as a scrapper, but be sure to wear gloves since the frost will get to your hands pretty quick! Secondly, if you find yourself stuck on the road and cannot get the traction you need to set yourself free, a simple solution to this is to remove your floor mats and place them under the tires (that will help give you some traction but may cause damage to your mats).

Here’s one additional tip to ensure that your tires are up for the winter driving challenge: be sure to have the proper thread depth. A good check is to do the “penny test”.

If you have any questions regarding he penny test or the tread on your     tires, Bunge’s can help you -- and remember tire rotations can really help   to keep your tires in shape.

 

October 31, 2012 @ 12:00am

With the leaves changing colors and starting to fall that can only mean one thing, fall is officially here. With the cold weather getting closer and the road hazards growing it is important to ensure that your car is running in the best condition and everything is ready for sometimes perilous winter driving conditions.

Before the snow falls there is one thing that you need to be aware of while driving... deer. Deer travel in groups, so if you see one crossing the road or near the side of the road be sure to use caution that more may be in the area and could be crossing, especially when driving early in the morning or at dusk.

If approaching a deer in the road do not swerve to miss the deer. You could hit another car or even the watch for deer crossing sign (yes, we know someone who swerved to avoid hitting a deer and hit the watch for deer crossing sign). Of course, deer can cause major damage to your vehicle.

Fall is a good time to visit Bunge’s and have your brakes and tires checked, not only for deer season, but also for the winter driving months that are coming. We can help you find peace of mind for the fall and winter driving season.

Finally, please use extra caution while driving in deer crossing zones.

October 01, 2012 @ 12:00am

Bunge’s can now install Intoxalock Breathalyzer systems. Whether this service has been mandated or needed for your safety or for your business, we can help you protect yourself and the other drivers on the road.

We understand the difficulties involved when breathalyzers are involved and that is why take the challenges out of the process and make this service request as easy as possible. Whenever you need future services, from oil changes to regular repairs, Bunge’s can save you time and add convenience.

If you have any questions regarding this service feel free to call or stop by the shop. At Bunge’s we make it our goal to treat all of our customers with care.