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April 01, 2019 @ 12:00am

Do Fuel Additives Actually Work?

Fuel isn’t getting any cheaper, and everyone is looking for a way to save some cash when they gas up. One of the most popular ways to do this is to buy one of the specialized “fuel additives” sold in gas stations and auto parts stores. These additives promise everything from a scrubbed engine to vastly increased fuel economy. But do they really deliver? In short, not really.

First, you have to understand what a fuel additive CAN’T do: They’re not a magic solution to all of your car’s engine problems and, according to new research by the EPA, they can’t deliver on the promise of increasing your car’s fuel economy. In fact, the EPA found that some additives can actually hurt your car’s engine by damaging sensitive sensors and parts. However, the kind of fuel additives you pour into your tank can help keep your fuel injectors clean and that can, over time, slightly boost fuel economy. Just don’t expect to get the massive increases promised on many products.

In addition, if you choose to use a fuel additive, you need to be selective and very careful when choosing a product. Fuel additives exist to support classic car engines, diesel engines, engines built to run on leaded gasoline and any other number of highly-specialized purposes. Putting the wrong additive in your tank can cause serious trouble.

One product we can whole-heartedly recommend is an upper end intake cleaner. Most engines on the

March 01, 2019 @ 12:00am

3 Tire Replacement Questions AnsweredOf all the crucial car parts out there, tires are some of the most misunderstood. A quick search on the internet reveals about twenty opinions about when to replace tires, how to replace tires and how to save money on tire replacement. Here are three of the biggest tire questions answered, so you can keep your family safe.

  1. Is it okay to replace just one tire? Sometimes, but be careful. If the three other tires on your car have very little wear on the tread—we’re talking 3/32 of an inch or so—you should be okay to replace one tire. But shop carefully. You might be tempted to use a discount tire supplier, but many of them aren’t methodical about cleaning the wheels or hubs, which could lead to tire failure. You should also be very careful to match your other tires as exactly as possible.
  2. I’m replacing two tires. I should put them on the front, right? This is a common misconception rooted in the idea that a front wheel drive car should have its “grippiest” tires up front. Especially with two-wheel drive cars, your tires may wear in such a way that you only want to replace two. When that happens, put the new tires on the back. Your rear tires are crucial in providing stability, and new tires in back will make it far easier for you to maintain control of your car in a dangerous situation.
  3. I drive a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle. I ca
February 01, 2019 @ 12:00am

Start your Car to Warm it up?Winter is hard enough on your car without misconceptions adding to the potential damage. We’ve already covered “the great idling myth” (In short: No, it’s not good to idle your car for long periods of time before driving in cold weather.) but there’s another misconception that’s almost as prevalent: In very cold temperatures, you should run your car every day to keep the battery from dying. The truth, as usual, is complicated.

First of all, when is this car misconception actually true? If you have to park your car outside at night and you have an older car or an older battery, several days of sub-zero temperatures can certainly kill a tired battery. In these cases, daily starting can help prolong your battery’s life and ensure your car has a charge when you need it.

However, if you park inside a garage and/or have a newer car or battery, here’s why starting your car every day can actually hurt your engine. 

  • It dilutes your oil. Starting your car without actually driving it can cause gasoline to get into your vehicle’s oil, and gasoline is most definitely not a lubricant. If you must start your car every day, take it for a drive as well, and not a short little jaunt, either. It takes a considerable amount of time for your vehicle to warm up and burn through all that gas.
  • It leaves an excess of moisture in your exhaust. Your exhaust system is usually alw
December 31, 2018 @ 12:00am

http://www.bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/default/new-years.jpgWhile many of us will use the New Year to make resolutions to try and drop some weight, drink more water or improve our diet, rarely do we think about our cars as part of our plans. Here’s three things you can do this year to not only get more out of your vehicle, but to reduce your stress as well.

1. Stick to your vehicle’s scheduled maintenance. That little sticker in the upper left of your windshield isn’t just there for decoration. Keeping up with your oil changes and routine maintenance ensures that your engine runs smoothly and your car is prepared to take the bumps and jolts of wintry roads. As an added bonus, routine maintenance often catches small problems in systems like your exhaust and suspension before they become big problems that can leave you stranded on the side of the road. If you have any questions about routine maintenance, or if you want to know whether that coolant flush or new air filter is necessary, we’re always happy to walk you through the answers.

2. A clean car in the winter means no rust in the summer. When we get one of those unseasonably warm days this winter, commit to getting your car washed. In addition to the constant freezing and thawing covering the roads with moisture, salt and brine from those plow trucks makes for a corrosive combination. Even small chips in your car’s paint can become rust spots if you don’t wash away the salt. Avoid getting your car w

December 01, 2018 @ 12:00am

Expect the unexpected this winterAs the snow starts falling and temperatures drop, some hazards on the road will be easy to spot, like accumulating snow. But other hazards aren’t so obvious, like black ice. What should you do if you encounter bad road conditions, or if you’re surprised by ice? It’s time to brush up on some driver’s safety and make sure your driving skills are winter-ready.

One important thing to keep in mind is that ice can form on roads in temperatures as high as 36 degrees: That’s right, ice can form even when it’s not freezing outside. Elevated roads, such as bridges or overpasses, aren’t insulated by earth, and freeze faster. But the biggest contributing factor to dangerous winter conditions is precipitation of any kind. Not only does freezing rain and snow cause the ambient temperature to drop, making ice more likely, accumulating snow and ice can turn a road into a hazard in just a few minutes.

If you encounter obviously bad driving conditions like accumulating snow or ice, slow down, but go easy on your brakes. Often, simply taking your foot off the accelerator until you reach a safe speed is your best option, because sudden corrections with your brakes can cause you to lose control of your car. If hazardous driving has been forecast and you must drive, try to stick to main roads, where plows and other drivers can keep the roads clear.

Most accidents, however, happen with minimal snow or ice on the road. When bad driving co