Car Care Tips

February 2016

Exhaust Service at Tuffy Portage: Passing the Smell Test

The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most Portage residents realize. It contains everything from old-fashioned pipes and clamps to sophisticated computers and sensors. All Michigan folks know a properly functioning exhaust system is good for the environment, but sometimes ... Read More

Deep Clean Your Fuel System at Tuffy Portage

Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your vehicle into Tuffy Portage for a check up.In today's Tuffy Portage auto post, we're talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how important it is to have a clean fuel system. Portage residents need fuel to go, and the cleaner t... Read More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Portage: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Portage drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expen... Read More

The Maintenance Free Myth

Sometimes we hear people in Portage say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's vehicles are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that ... Read More

Fuel Filter Replacement

Hello Portage resident! You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your vehicle feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good fuel economy. The fuel filter's job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to y... Read More

10 Services Portage Drivers Often Overlook

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over Portage. Some days it's all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That's why you've gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps - we have to keep track of it all.So let's talk about schedule... Read More

On Board Diagnostics for Your Engine

Starting in 1996, Tuffy Portage service technicians have been able to use a standardized diagnostic system to help determine what is wrong with a vehicle. This diagnostic system works in tandem with the Engine Control Modules for each vehicle's engine. The Engine Control Module is a computer that... Read More

Custom Wheels and Tires for Your Portage Ride

It seems like everywhere you go in the Portage area you see custom wheels. Big trucks, little cars, mini-vans - it doesn't matter - are expressing themselves with custom wheels. Some Michigan auto owners want smaller tires and wheels - some want larger - and some want them enormous. So w... Read More

Texas Township Drivers: Is It Time To Replace Your PCV Valve?

Improved fuel economy has two benefits for Portage car owners: less fuel is necessary and fewer emissions are released. Texas Township cars and trucks run cleaner than ever. Portage motorists may not realize that the first federally mandated pollution control device came out almos... Read More

Time Out: Suspension Problems in Portage

Your vehicle’s suspension system has two vital jobs: to prevent the passengers from getting tossed around inside the vehicle every time it hits a bump in the road and to keep the tires firmly planted on the road around every corner and over every bump. To see your suspension system,... Read More

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