Car Care Tips

Maintenance on My Mind

Ask any Kentwood man or woman if they've taken their vehicle in for preventive maintenance lately, and the answer may well be “no.” Surveys indicate that over 80% of vehicles on the road today are in need of some kind of repair or maintenance. Now, ask that same person why he hasn't taken his car... Read More

Watching Your Check Engine Light

Did you know that most of the cars driving around Kentwood, Michigan , carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?New cars sold in the Kentwood area have as many as 12 networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. I... Read More

Gear Up: Transmission Service at Tuffy Kentwood (Kalamazoo Ave SE) in Kentwood

The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling faster. If you have a standard transmission, then you have to do the work of shi... Read More

Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in Kentwood, Michigan

The median age for cars in the Kentwood, Michigan area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Tuffy Kentwood (Kalamazoo Ave SE) we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Kentwood area, bring it into Tuffy Kentwo... Read More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Kentwood (Kalamazoo Ave SE): Serpentine Belt System Wear

The primary job of the serpentine belt for Kentwood drivers is to provide important traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not comp... Read More

Hold the Oil! (Oil Pan Gasket Replacement)

You've likely heard how important oil is to your vehicle's engine. Did you know that there's one part that's responsible for holding that oil so you can use it every day? It's called the oil pan, and it sits at the bottom of the engine. The oil pan is a vital, though simple, part of your engine's... Read More

Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, Kentwood Car Owners

A generation ago, Kentwood drivers seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle's preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Taking your vehicle in to your Kentwood shop every year or two for r... Read More

Keep It Flowing with a Fuel Filter Replacement at Tuffy Kentwood (Kalamazoo Ave SE)

The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around Kentwood use fuel filters. For more information about your fuel filter, visit Tuffy... Read More

Serpentine Belt Service at Tuffy Kentwood (Kalamazoo Ave SE) in Kentwood

If you've ever heard a squealing sound under your vehicle hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. More importantly, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that's used by your vehicle's electrical systems and also charges the battery. Without the altern... Read More

By the Numbers: Tire Replacement at Tuffy Kentwood (Kalamazoo Ave SE) in Kentwood

Ever notice that your tire is covered with writing? It's like some hieroglyphic art form. Of course, Kentwood drivers know that it's not just graffiti, but to most of us, it might as well be. Would you like to know what all those codes on your tire mean? It won't lead you to buried treasure, but ... Read More

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