Fears and Gears (Signs of Automatic Transmission Problems)

September 19, 2021

Automatic transmissions rule. The old days of shifting your own gears are a thing of the past for most drivers. But automatic transmission trouble can be a big inconvenience for any driver if it comes at the wrong time in the wrong place. Here are some signs to look out for that may mean you ar... More

Know Your Towing Limits in Mentor

September 12, 2021

Some Mentor drivers figure that anything they can attach to their trailer hitch can be towed by their vehicle. Nope. If you're going to do any towing around Mentor, you should be aware of safety issues, Ohio towing laws and potential liability.Understanding tow ratings is important for safe towin... More

Why Alignment Matters (Vehicle Alignment Maintenance)

September 5, 2021

It's one of those things that can happen on a multi-day road adventure or a quick trip to the grocery store. You hit a pothole, go too fast over a speed bump, nail a curb. When it happens, you think, "I wonder if that was hard enough to do any damage?" But things seem ok and you continue on yo... More

Keeping Your Mentor Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

August 29, 2021

Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter? A. A filter for your Mentor house?B. A fresh, piney scent?C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it's C.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters out commo... More

The Maintenance Free Myth

August 22, 2021

Sometimes we hear people in Mentor say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's vehicles are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexi... More

To Save Gas Around Mentor: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

August 15, 2021

One topic that hits the news in Ohio on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some Ohio drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in Mentor who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we ... More

Air Conditioning Service in Mentor

August 8, 2021

Hey Mentor! Let's talk about one of our Ohio summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It's real easy for Mentor drivers 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 needs attention from time to time t... More

Steer Right in Mentor

August 1, 2021

Virtually all vehicles come with power steering, so many Mentor drivers have never driven a car or truck without it. Power steering assists you when you turn your vehicle steering wheel. Without it, it would be very hard to steer. Now this power assist comes in a couple of forms. In recent years... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Mentor: When to Replace Your Wiper Blades

July 25, 2021

There are several important factors that go into how often Mentor drivers should replace their wiper blades. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the faster the blades will wear out especially if you use them on an icy windshield. Whether its a lot of bugs and road grime from Ohio freeway dr... More

Free Money (Almost) (Fuel Saving Tips)

July 18, 2021

You spend a lot of money on a vehicle, probably the most money you'll spend on anything except a house. But the spending doesn't stop after you've bought it. It goes into things like insurance, repairs and fuel. One good piece of news is that you can cut down the amount you spend on fuel if yo... More