The Edible Engine

October 24, 2021

You may have had a friend whose vehicle was the victim of hungry rodents. After all, mice, rats and squirrelseven rabbitshave been known to gnaw on wires in engine compartments, causing vehicle electrical systems to go haywire. They can disable a vehicle completely and be very expensive to fix.... More

Positive Crankcase Ventilation ? PCV Valve Service at Tuffy Clio

October 17, 2021

Hello Clio! Did you know that the first federally-mandated emissions control device was introduced in the 1960's? The Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve, or PCV valve, has been installed in Michigan vehicles since 1964 and represents the first legislation by the United States government to regu... More

A Real "Pane" (Window Maintenance and Repair)

October 10, 2021

It's pretty frustrating when your driver's window won't work. You can't get your food at the drive-thru without opening the door, have a tough time using the ATM from your vehicle, can't have that fresh breeze blowing through your hair as you listen to your favorite road tunes. Plus, there's a s... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Clio: Serpentine Belt Overview

October 3, 2021

The technicians at Tuffy Clio 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 winds around pulleys a... More

Rear Window?Not the Movie! (Why Some Rear Windows Don't Go All the Way Down)

September 26, 2021

Alfred Hitchcock once made a mystery thriller film called "Rear Window." It had nothing to do with the rear window of today's cars, SUVs, CUVs and light trucks. But there is one thing that some drivers DO find mysterious. Why don't the rear windows in the second row of many of these vehicles go... More

Slippery When Wet (Driving on Wet Leaves)

September 19, 2021

When the leaves fall, you might take a sightseeing trip to see them at peak color. Or you may simply live in a spot where there are a lot of trees. When those leaves get wet, you'd be surprised to learn just how slippery they can be. We all know ice is slippery to drive on. What causes tires ... More

Timing Belt Replacement in Clio

September 12, 2021

Today we want to talk to Clio drivers about timing belts. They're something that many drivers don't know much about and yet your vehicle won't run if it's broken and it could cause many thousands of dollars damage if it does break. A broken timing belt is usually a tale of woe. Even though timi... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Clio: Making Your A/C System Last Longer

September 5, 2021

Clio drivers know that if their air conditioning system isnt making cool air like it used to, there is a problem. It may be as simple as adding more of the right kind of refrigerant.Your A/C requires special compressor oil, which circulates through the system along with the refrigerant, to lubric... More

Below 45 Degrees in Clio: Consider Winter Tires

August 29, 2021

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and Clio drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for all-season radials. Michigan drivers ran out and bo... More

Emergency Items for Clio

August 22, 2021

Safe Michigan travel starts with preventive maintenance and good vehicle care at Tuffy Clio. But there are other things Clio residents can do to prepare for emergencies on the road. Here's some auto advice that can help you plan for emergencies, and just may save your life or someone else's.Fir... More