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Maintaining Your Diesel in Portage

Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven't been as common in the Portage area because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more Portage diesel-f... Read More

Fuel Saving Tip: Car Weight and Your Michigan Driving

Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from Portage knows this makes sense.Some of us in the Portage area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I'm not talkin' what you see in the mirror.Guys: sports equipment and tools. Ladies: well, just take a look around the passenger compartment an... Read More

Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down Around Portage

There's not much we can do about the price of gas in Portage, Michigan, but we do quite a bit about how much we use as we're driving on our Portage streets.Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy.The first thing we... Read More

Fuel Saving Tip: Portage Tune Up

Have you ever gone to listen to an orchestra? The musicians take the stage early and tune their instruments. Each individual instrument must be in tune, but the critical thing is for the entire orchestra to be in tune with each other.... Read More

Fuel Injectors

The last new American vehicles sold in Portage with a carburetor rolled out of the Michigan dealerships in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles here in Portage, and nationally, have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your ... Read More

Fuel Saving Tip: Fuel System Cleaning Near Portage, Michigan

A lot of fuel is wasted in the Portage area by dirty fuel delivery systems in vehicles.Let's start at the tank. The gas tank gathers dirt, rust and sediment over the years. That's why there's a fuel filter to clean the fuel after it leaves the tank. A dirty filter will rob the engine of th... Read More

Tuffy Portage Fuel Saving Tip for Portage: Check Engine Light

Here's a question for Portage, Michigan : How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your Check Engine light? Hey, it's not there to create ambiance; it's a warning that something's wrong. (And, by the way, Homer Simpson's fix of covering it with tape is not a good idea.)Many c... Read More

Fuel Injection: It Keeps Getting Better for Portage Drivers

Portage residents know that engines need to burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your vehicle engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine's cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel need... Read More

Higher Mileage Service Intervals for Portage

Portage drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in the Portage area, but it does add quite a ... Read More

Clean Fuel – Clean Performance for Portage Drivers

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 vehicle engine.Portage auto owners don't need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it... Read More

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