Alternator Facts (Failing Alternator)

May 2, 2021

If you notice that your headlights are flickering at night, that's something to pay attention to. While there could be many different things that could cause that problem, one possibility is your vehicle's alternator. The alternator takes mechanical energy from the engine and turns it into electr... More

Greeted by a Screech (Loud Noise when Starting Vehicle)

April 25, 2021

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

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Grand Rapids - Cascade Rd.: Serpentine Belt Overview

April 18, 2021

The technicians at Tuffy Grand Rapids - Cascade Rd. know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and ... More

Why Wheel Balancing and Tire Rotation Save You Money on Tires

April 11, 2021

Grand Rapids drivers want their tires to last as long as possible. Two ways to extend tire life are wheel balancing and tire rotation.When wheels are out of balance, they wobble and vibrate. That makes the tires wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance you'll feel it in the s... More

Not-So-Common Sense (Sensor Failures)

April 7, 2021

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

Battery Replacement at Tuffy Grand Rapids - Cascade Rd. in Grand Rapids

April 6, 2021

Hello, welcome to Tuffy Grand Rapids - Cascade Rd.. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in Grand Rapids runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at Tuffy Grand Rapids - Cascade Rd. are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in... More

Start Me Up (Ignition Systems)

April 5, 2021

When you start up your gasoline engine car, you may not know that it's using the same ignition principles as it has for decades. You have spark plugs that require enough power so a spark can jump across a gap at its tip. Years ago, a vehicle's 12-volt system had to produce 15,000-25,000 volts t... More

Don't Start with That (Bad Starter Motor)

April 4, 2021

We've all heard that expression, "That's a non starter." When it comes to your vehicle, that's not music to a driver's ears. That sickening sound when you start the ignition and instead of hearing the engine crank, you hear it slowly turn over and your dash lights go dim. There can be many reaso... More

Gear Up: Transmission Service at Tuffy Grand Rapids - Cascade Rd. in Grand Rapids

April 4, 2021

The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling faster. If you have a standard transmission, then you have to do the work of shifting gea... More

Selecting New Tires and Wheels

April 3, 2021

Some of us Grand Rapids drivers just love tires. All those little rubber hairs on new tires and the smell is wonderful. We live in a great time for tires. No matter how you drive around Michigan, where you want to go or the look you're after; there is a tire for you.The same is true about wheels.... More