Car Care Tips

Water Pump

Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your vehicle from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system: the radiator the radiator cap the hoses the thermostat the water pump The water pump's like... Read More

Smart Portage Drivers Protect Against Overheating

Engines get hot when they run. This heat can build up and damage vital engine parts, so engines need a cooling system to keep them running. Cooling system failure is the most common mechanical failure in vehicles. This is unfortunate, because these failures are usually easy for Portage ... Read More

Super Slick at Tuffy Portage in Portage: Synthetic Oil

When you get an oil change, it's always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we're asked if we'd like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more e... Read More

Hey Portage Drivers, How Many Miles Are on Your Car?

Nowadays, Portage drivers are paying more at Michigan gas pumps. For some families it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That's got to come out of the budget somewhere. This is one of the reasons many Michigan drivers are putting off buying a new car. They plan on keeping th... Read More

Maintenance on My Mind

Ask any Portage man or woman if they've taken their vehicle in for preventive maintenance lately, and the answer may well be “no.” Surveys indicate that over 80% of vehicles on the road today are in need of some kind of repair or maintenance. Now, ask that same person why he hasn't taken his car ... Read More

Stay Headed in the Right Direction, Portage

Power steering is standard on nearly every vehicle in Portage, Michigan, these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that's driven by a belt powered by the engine. Contact the automotive professionals at ... Read More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Portage: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Tuffy Portage we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replace... Read More

Clean Fuel Equals Clean Performance for Portage Drivers

Hello, Portage residents. Let's talk fuel filters. Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the engine.Portage auto owners don't need to filter their fue... Read More

The Harm in Skipping an Oil Change for Portage Drivers

People in Portage have been hearing a lot about higher oil change intervals these days. Maybe you're wondering: What are the key issues?Some new vehicle manufacturers are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles (8,000... Read More

Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in Portage, Michigan

The median age for cars in the Portage, Michigan area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Tuffy Portage we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Portage area, bring it into Tuffy Portage for high-mileage main... Read More

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