The Cable Guy (Battery Cables and Maintenance)

May 9, 2021

If you've ever noticed your vehicle's lights are dim or not working at all, the problem could be many things. But one possibility is your battery cables aren't doing their job. A power outage in your vehicle is similar to one in your house and needs to be repaired to get things back to normal. ... More

H20 No! (Driving Through Standing Water)

May 2, 2021

In a year marked by unusually heavy flooding in North America, drivers are very aware of the possibility they may find themselves driving where water has come over the road. It can be a daunting and frightening situation. Flooding waters can move quickly and unpredictably, so you have to keep y... More

The Flat Fix that Fits (Tire Repairs)

April 25, 2021

Can you think of anyone who likes getting a flat tire? Of course not. But when one of your tires winds up with a flat or leak, whether it be from things like hitting a curb, running over a nail or picking up a sharp stone, it's time to have someone who knows what they're doing take care of it. ... More

Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

April 18, 2021

We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and Portage drivers want ... More

Which Item Is Most Stolen from Vehicles in Portage?

April 11, 2021

Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in Portage?Is it: Stereo Wheels Air Bag DVD System Well, if you said stereo you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in Michigan approximately 50,000 a year are stolen across the country. New a... More

Something to Latch On To (Hood Latch Safety)

April 4, 2021

The other day, a driver was trying to open his vehicle's hood so he could add some windshield washer fluid. But when he pulled the hood release inside the car, nothing happened. Usually, opening any hood is a 2-step process. You pull the hood release (which is usually a handle under the dashbo... More

A Real "Pane" (Window Maintenance and Repair)

March 28, 2021

It's pretty frustrating when your driver's window won't work. You can't get your food at the drive-thru without opening the door, have a tough time using the ATM from your vehicle, can't have that fresh breeze blowing through your hair as you listen to your favorite road tunes. Plus, there's a s... More

Got it Covered! (Timing Cover Maintenance)

March 21, 2021

You may have heard at one time or another about something called a timing belt or timing chain in your engine. And you may know that if they fail well, let's just way that there can be some major engine damage. So obviously, we want our timing belts and chains to be in tip-top shape. One part t... More

Steer Me Right! (Failing Power Steering Hose)

March 14, 2021

Most drivers love how easy it is to turn their vehicles, and they have power steering to thank. Engineers have figured out a way to take some of your engine's power to help you turn. Without it, steering can be quite a chore. New power systems are electric, but there are still plenty of the old... More

Don't Be Shocked (Shock Absorbers)

March 7, 2021

If you've ever ridden down a rough road on your bicycle, you know how hard a ride it can be. Yet drive down the same road in your car, truck or SUV and it miraculously will smooth out the ride. That's because it is equipped with shock absorbers. They are built to dampen impacts from road irreg... More