There is a clear and vocal demand in Sturgis and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the Michigan market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on Sturgis area roads today, and many more being...
Posted in Drive Train
on May 29, 2018
Knowing how their engine works can help Sturgis drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and d...
Posted in Timing Belt
on May 20, 2018
There was a man in the Sturgis area who learned that most car accidents occur within a mile of home – so he moved. (Just kidding!)When we think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local Michigan highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to ...
Posted in Steering
on May 13, 2018
Many Sturgis residents don't realize that there is more to exhaust system maintenance than just tailpipes and mufflers, if you can see smoke or if it's too loud. Exhaust service at a full-service automotive center like Tuffy Sturgis is really a lot more comprehensive these days.For exampl...
Posted in Exhaust
on May 06, 2018
Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out.The Feds don't have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider 2/32 of an inch to be the minimum legal tread de...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on April 30, 2018
In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern vehicles are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free."Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to Sturg...
Posted in Maintenance
on April 25, 2018
Hello Sturgis, let's talk about brakes. But the mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There's also the power brake pump and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes.Let's step back. A new vehicle or truck r...
Posted in Older Vehicles
on April 18, 2018
How do Sturgis drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect Michigan consumers against mileage fraud. It says a Michigan seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked ...
Posted in Older Vehicles
on April 10, 2018
Hello Michigan! Today's vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so...
Posted in Fluids
on April 01, 2018
A good suspension system gives a vehicle a smooth, even ride while providing Sturgis drivers with good handling and control. But like any system on your vehicle, parts of the suspension system can wear out, leading to a lower ride quality and safety concerns. So it's a good idea for drive...
Posted in Shocks & Struts
on March 26, 2018