Car Care Tips

Grand Rapids Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

Any Grand Rapids driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for Grand Rapids residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example... Read More

Make your Service Visit at Tuffy Grand Rapids a Good One

Most people don't love going to get their vehicle serviced, but it's one of those things you just have to do. So you might as well get the most of out of it. There are some steps you can take that will likely help you get the best results possible. For one thing, it's important to describe your p... Read More

Clean Air for Your Engine: A New Engine Air Filter at Tuffy Grand Rapids

All of us in Grand Rapids know we have to get the oil changed in our vehicles periodically. That's just part of good vehicle care. But when Tuffy Grand Rapids technicians change your oil, they also usually inspect your air filter. That's why they sometimes let you know that your air filter needs ... Read More

Straight and True in Grand Rapids: Wheel Alignment

Most Grand Rapids folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by driv... Read More

Will Proper Auto Maintenance at Tuffy Grand Rapids Really Save Gas?

Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly - like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we're also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But Grand Rapids drivers don't always extend t... Read More

Tacky or Techie? The Tachometer.

There's a gauge that many vehicles have that says RPM on it.  And there are a lot of people who either don't pay any attention to it or don't even know what it is. Here's why it's a good gauge to know about. It's called a tachometer, and that "RPM" label means it is measuring how many revolutions... Read More

Dashboard's a Funny Name (Instrumental Panel Warning Lights)

Every day you drive, you're sitting behind the dashboard. But how in the world did it get that name? Back in the days of the horse-drawn carriage, horses would kick up dirt and mud on the driver and passengers, "dashing" debris against the carriage. So those who built carriages began installing a... Read More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Grand Rapids: Serpentine Belt Overview

The technicians at Tuffy Grand Rapids know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around p... Read More

Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Every car in Grand Rapids, Michigan , is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: ... Read More

Timing Belt Replacement in Grand Rapids

Today we want to talk to Grand Rapids drivers about timing belts. They're something that many drivers don't know much about and yet your vehicle won't run if it's broken – and it could cause many thousands of dollars damage if it does break. A broken timing belt is usually a tale of woe... Read More

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