Car Care Tips

Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle in Sturgis?

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... Read More

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for Sturgis Drivers

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... Read More

Defensive Driving in Sturgis, Michigan

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 ... Read More

Sturgis Exhaust and Emissions Service

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... Read More

Tire Tread Depth for Sturgis, Michigan Drivers

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... Read More

Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

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... Read More

Hitting The Brakes In Coldwater

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... Read More

Odometer Rollback on Your Sturgis, Michigan Vehicle

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 ... Read More

Tuffy Sturgis Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

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... Read More

When Do My Shocks Need to Be Replaced?

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... Read More

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