Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in Walled Lake, Michigan

November 3, 2019

Every car in Walled Lake, Michigan, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sens... More

No Fueling! (Fuel Filler Location)

October 27, 2019

If you've ever gotten in an unfamiliar vehicle, maybe a rental car, you may have pulled up to the gas pump and wondered, "Which side is the fuel filler on?" Here's a tip for you. There is usually a little arrow on the instrument panel near the fuel gauge that points to the side where the fuel fi... More

Change Your Wiper Blades Twice Yearly at Tuffy Walled Lake

October 20, 2019

Because 90% of our driving decisions are based on visual information, unobscured vision is paramount. Which brings us to the topic of today's Tuffy Walled Lake article: wiper blades. While this isn't the most exciting automotive subject, it's important. You wouldn't drive at night in Walled Lake ... More

DOG FOOD IN YOUR ENGINE (Keeping Rodents out of your Engine)

October 13, 2019

A technician was telling us the other day that he was servicing an engine and spotted something he'd never seen before: A collection of dry dog food siting on a horizontal metal ledge near the base of the engine. It was neatly stashed and was in a spot where the food pellets couldn't have simply... More

Not-So-Common Sense (Sensor Failures)

October 6, 2019

So your vehicle won't start. What's the first thing that comes to mind? Battery dead? Starter motor worn out? Out of gas? Well, those are all reasons that make sense. But your vehicle may be refusing to start because one of its computers is being warned that to do so might damage it. Here's ... More

Transmission Service at Tuffy Walled Lake in Walled Lake

September 29, 2019

Let's talk about transmission service. It can be easy for Walled Lake drivers to forget about getting their transmission serviced because it doesn't need it very often. It's easier for people in Michigan to remember to change the engine oil - you know, every 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But p... More

Fuel for Thought

September 22, 2019

If you're like most people and drive a gasoline-powered vehicle, you need to be up to speed on its fuel-related components. They're pretty basic: the fuel, the fuel filter and the fuel pump. The fuel's the easy part. You probably gas up your vehicle yourself and, if you're like most drivers, pr... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Walled Lake: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

September 15, 2019

The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around Walled Lake.An old timing belt can lose a tooth in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing... More

Pinch Petroleum Pennies! (Fuel Saving Tips)

September 8, 2019

If you saw a dollar bill on the ground, you'd pick it up, right? Well, whether you find that dollar on the ground or in savings at the gas pump, money is money, and here are some ways to hold on to more of it. Slowing down is the easiest way to save fuel, especially for every speed increase over ... More

It Is Time to Check Your Intervals

September 1, 2019

Part of the engineering that goes into designing a vehicle is testing the components to ensure that they meet durability and safety standards. Because of this, manufacturers have a good idea as to how long the parts in your vehicle will last under normal driving conditions. For this reason, they... More