Car Care Tips

Should Portage Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at Tuffy Portage tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around P... Read More

A New Battery in Portage

Hello Portage drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Portage, here's some auto advice to help you.There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a ... Read More

Steer Right in Portage

Virtually all vehicles come with power steering, so many Portage drivers have never driven a car or truck without it. Power steering assists you when you turn your vehicle steering wheel. Without it, it would be very hard to steer. Now this power assist comes in a couple of forms. In recent year... Read More

The Edible Engine

You may have had a friend whose vehicle was the victim of hungry rodents.  After all, mice, rats and squirrels—even rabbits—have been known to gnaw on wires in engine compartments, causing vehicle electrical systems to go haywire.  They can disable a vehicle completely and be very expensive to fi... Read More

Fall and Spring Checkup in Portage

When I was a kid, my dad always made sure he took the cars in for Spring and Fall checkups. I was telling a friend that it's about time to get into Tuffy Portage for a checkup and he said that he read on the internet that modern cars don't need seasonal service.My friend is (technically)... Read More

The Best Test

Would you buy a jacket without even trying it on? Probably not, but it might surprise you that one study shows about half the people buy a vehicle after a short test drive around the block or none at all.  If you're in the market for another vehicle, make sure you check out the most important thi... Read More

Charge It in Portage for Extended Battery Life

Here's an interesting statistic for our in Portage, Michigan, drivers: Only 30 percent of car batteries make it to 48 months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from 51 months in extremely cold areas to just 30 months in extremely hot climates.Why is that? It tu... Read More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Portage: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Tuffy Portage when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most Portage drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a bat... Read More

Transmission Service at Tuffy Portage in Portage

Let's talk about transmission service. It can be easy for Portage drivers to forget about getting their transmission serviced because it doesn't need it very often. It's easier for people in Michigan to remember to change the engine oil - you know, every 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But prope... Read More

Speak Up: Talking with Your Tuffy Portage Service Advisor

About 80% of the vehicles on Portage roads today are behind on their preventive maintenance schedules. That translates to about 160 million vehicles in the United States that aren't performing as well as they could be - thousands right here in Michigan. Some of the maintenance issues are minor. O... Read More

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