Car Care Tips

Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your Portage Vehicle

Imagine you've left Portage and you're up in the arctic on a dog sled.Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground quickly. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side.That would slow you d... Read More

Serpentine Belt Service at Tuffy Portage in Portage

Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy Portage road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the water ... Read More

Coolant/Antifreeze Service at Tuffy Portage

Anyone who drives a car in Portage knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engin... Read More

ICE - In Case Of Emergency In Portage Michigan

When accidents occur in Portage, Michigan, the victims' emergency contacts are extremely important. Too often, those involved aren't able to provide rescuers with phone numbers and medical information.When Michigan police and rescue workers must sift through pockets, glove compartments, w... Read More

Keep Your Cool in Portage: Air Conditioning Service

Most Portage drivers don't even think about their air conditioner.Now here's a tip for Portage vehicle owners: Run your air conditioner every so often during Michigan winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out. The air conditioner actually removes some... Read More

Emergency Items for Your vehicle

Local Portage roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around Portag... Read More

All About Your TPMS in Portage

Portage drivers know that underinflated tires wear out more quickly. Underinflation is also a major cause of tire failure for Michigan auto owners. More flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances are all results of underinf... Read More

Synthetic Oil for Portage Autos

If you are a driver in Portage and you aren't currently using synthetic motor oil in your vehicle, maybe now's the time to consider it. Need more information? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. Synthetic oil doesn't gel or gum-up like petroleum based oil a... Read More

What’s Up With Diesels in Portage?

Would you be surprised to learn that about half of the passenger cars in Europe have diesel engines? You might also be surprised to learn that most vehicle manufacturers produce a variety of diesel-fueled cars for purchase abroad. Diesel-fueled vehicles haven’t been as popular in the Nort... Read More

Nighttime Visibility in Portage

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the Portage area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let's focus on visibility…It's said that 90 percent of our driving de... Read More

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