Greeted by a Screech (Loud Noise when Starting Vehicle)

August 23, 2020

No one likes to be greeted in the morning by having someone screech at you. The same goes for a loud, high-pitched noise your vehicle greets you with every time you start the engine. If you're wondering if that's normal, no, it isn't. And it is worth getting checked out. The good news is that... More

Beware of Potholes! (Avoiding Pothole Damage)

August 16, 2020

You may live in a region where roads become pockmarked with craters known better as potholes. They're caused by moisture seeping through a compromised road surface that can freeze, expand and literally punch holes in the road. And when your vehicle hits one of those holes that's big enough, the... More

What Grand Haven Customers like About Us at Tuffy Grand Haven

August 9, 2020

A big part of the service we provide at Tuffy Grand Haven for our Grand Haven customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions from our valued Grand Haven area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our Tuffy Grand H... More

Taking the Heat (Batteries in Hot Weather)

August 2, 2020

Quick question. Which is tougher on a vehicle's battery, the heat or the cold? Believe it or not, it's the heat. Think about it. The battery often sits in the engine compartment next to that motor generating lots of heat. That can accelerate corrosion in the battery and may even cause water i... More

Coolant/Antifreeze Service in Grand Haven , Michigan

July 26, 2020

Grand Haven auto owners may know that most automotive failures in Grand Haven , Michigan , are tire related, but do you know the second most common cause of vehicle failure? Nope, it's not teenagers. It is the coolant system. But if you take good care of your vehicle coolant system, it will tak... More

When Metal Meets Metal (Wheel Bearings)

July 19, 2020

What part of your vehicle has little metal balls inside that are lubricated and allow you to cruise on down the road? They are wheel bearings, and automotive designers might argue they are human beings' second greatest invention of all time (the first is, of course, the wheel!). You have a wheel... More

The Tuffy Grand Haven Guide to Custom Wheels

July 12, 2020

If you're interested in customizing the wheels and tires on your vehicle, there are a few things you should know first.Most importantly, the wheels you buy need to fit your vehicle. Not all wheels are created equal. Too many Grand Haven drivers have bought a set of wheels that caught their eye,... More

STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT STEERING (Loose Steering)

July 5, 2020

Perhaps you've heard someone use the term "loose steering." And it's pretty much what it sounds like. You turn the steering wheel and the vehicle's wheels don't seem to go exactly where you thought you were pointing them. You have to constantly make steering adjustments. Loose steering is slop... More

An Oil for All Seasons (Engine Oil Selection)

June 28, 2020

You swap your winter boots for flip-flops in the summer. Why not change your winter engine oil for summer, hot-weather oil? While it may seem like it makes sense, there's some good news. Most drivers don't have to, and here's why. Engine oil can be made in different thicknesses. That thicknes... More

Maintaining Your Older Car in Grand Haven , Michigan

June 21, 2020

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Grand Haven , Michigan : emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Grand Haven motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehi... More