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 your car battery. Without the a...
Posted in Maintenance
on January 23, 2017
The median age for cars in the Grand Haven , Michigan area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Tuffy Grand Haven we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise.
If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Grand Haven area, bring it into Tuffy Grand Haven for h...
Posted in Maintenance
on January 15, 2017
Everyone in Grand Haven , Michigan eventually replaces their tires, whether it's because they're worn out or they're just looking for something different. There are so many great tire choices in Grand Haven , it can be difficult to sort them out. Let's group the broad spectrum into several...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on January 09, 2017
Your alternator makes electricity to start and run your engine and all of the vital electrical systems in your vehicle. That’s everything from the on-board computers to the turn signals. And of course there is the entertainment system, seat heaters, power windows, and everything you plug into the...
Posted in Battery
on January 01, 2017
Some Grand Haven drivers figure that anything they can attach to their trailer hitch can be towed by their vehicle. Nope. If you're going to do any towing around Grand Haven , you should be aware of safety issues, Michigan towing laws, and potential liability.Understanding tow ratings is...
Posted in Safety
on December 27, 2016
If you're gonna drive around the Grand Haven area, you've got to be able to see! So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important. We've all experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our windshield is just dirty.It seems...
Posted in Windshield Wipers
on December 19, 2016
The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most Grand Haven 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 somet...
Posted in Exhaust
on December 13, 2016
When we Grand Haven residents get a car repair bill, we really shouldn't be surprised to find “diagnostic fees” as one of the line items. When we get a computer fixed, there is usually a charge for the time it takes to diagnose the problem. When we go to a medical doctor, most of his fee is for ...
Posted in Diagnostics
on December 05, 2016
When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Grand Haven drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like an accident, hitting a pothole, curb or some other objec...
Posted in Automotive News
on November 29, 2016
When it comes to preventive maintenance and car care, most Grand Haven drivers know how it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order.The pads and shoes are ...
Posted in Older Vehicles
on November 20, 2016