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Every SUV on Michigan expressways has a differential, and it is essential to the proper operation of the vehicle, but most Mount Pleasant car owners don’t have a clue what it is. The differential compensates for differing wheel speeds. For exampl...
Posted in Differential Service
on August 29, 2013
Whenever they hear the term "exhaust service," most Midland people think about exhaust pipes and mufflers. Well, actually, exhaust service at Tuffy Mount Pleasant is a lot more comprehensive these days. For example, catalytic converters were mandated in 1976 and on-board emission co...
Posted in Exhaust
on August 27, 2013
A lot of Midland auto owners have asked whether or not they should use their severe service maintenance schedule, which is listed in their car owners' manual. It can be somewhat confusing, so we decided to consult an expert. Cricket Killingsworth is from QMI/Heartland, a manufacturer...
Posted in Maintenance
on August 26, 2013
Richard Petty once told AutoNetTV, "You’ve gotta have good brakes. If you’ve got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble." That’s why a regular brake inspection is on every Mount Pleasant car’s maintenance schedule. An inspection at Tuffy Mount Pleasant will check ...
Posted in Brakes
on August 25, 2013
Hey Midland! Let's talk about one of our Michigan summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It's real easy for Mount Pleasant auto owners to take their car's air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system need...
Posted in Air Conditioning
on August 24, 2013
The last new American car sold in Mount Pleasant with a carburetor rolled out of the Michigan dealership in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles here in Mount Pleasant and nationally have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your e...
Posted in Fuel System
on August 23, 2013
Here at AutoNetTV, we have national viewers, like your neighbors in Mount Pleasant, who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we're asked is: "What is a differential and what does it do?" You may have been told by your Tuffy Mount Pleasant tech that your differ...
Posted in Drive Train
on August 22, 2013
Welcome to the Tuffy Mount Pleasant automotive blog. Today, let’s talk about the effect of tire tread depth on braking. When talking about stopping power, most Mount Pleasant and St. Louis drivers tend to focus on our brakes. But our tires are where the rubber meets the road. So ha...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on August 21, 2013
Most of us living in the Midland area are too young to remember life before power steering - cranking those great big steering wheels! It was a pretty good workout. Now power steering is standard. Let's look at how it works. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pum...
Posted in Steering
on August 21, 2013
When they hear the word 'suspension', Mount Pleasant car owners may think back to those energetic days of grade school. Well, your car’s suspension is actually a good thing because it keeps your car up off the road and helps provide a comfy ride around Midland. Its job is to keep y...
Posted in Shocks & Struts
on August 20, 2013