Every vehicle on Michigan roads has a differential, and it is important to the proper operation of the vehicle. But most Grand Rapids residents don't have a clue what it is.The differential compensates for differing wheel speeds. For example, when you turn, the inside tire on the turn...
Posted in Differential Service
on August 26, 2018
Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy Grand Rapids road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the...
Posted in Parts
on August 20, 2018
At Tuffy Grand Rapids we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV's. But our Michigan friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines hav...
Posted in Fuel System
on August 12, 2018
A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the Michigan news. Grand Rapids people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate.
A lot of Grand Rapids motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. T...
Posted in Maintenance
on August 05, 2018
Hello Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids, here's some auto advice to help you.There are two measurements to consider when pur...
Posted in Fluids
on July 31, 2018
If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in Grand Rapids. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a be...
Posted in Timing Belt
on July 23, 2018
Things we don't expect happen to our vehicles. And let's face, no one really wants to spend money on an unexpected repair. But if you are putting off going to your vehicle repair facility because you're dreading bad news, you might just be putting off some good news.
There was one minivan driver ...
Posted in Windshield Wipers
on July 15, 2018
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.Grand Rapids auto owners don't need to filter their fuel because it has lots of gri...
Posted in Fuel System
on July 09, 2018
Starting in 1996, Tuffy Grand Rapids 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...
Posted in Diagnostics
on July 04, 2018
Imagine waking up one morning with a stomach ache. You pick up the phone, call the doctor’s office and say, “I’ve got a really bad tummy ache. How much will it cost to make me feel better?” Of course you wouldn’t do that. You know that there could be a lot of reasons for your symptoms and that th...
Posted in Exhaust
on June 27, 2018