A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our Mentor Ohio roads have one or more service or repair that's needed, but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in the U.S. alone. Some o...
Posted in Inspection
on October 10, 2013
Working up a sweat is a great thing to do in a gym around Mentor, but not in your car. When your car's AC System has a problem, you'll often feel it right away. The question is, how long do you put up with it? You know, the old comfort versus cost dilemma. But a more comfortable driv...
Posted in Air Conditioning
on October 01, 2013
Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy Cleveland expressway? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the batte...
Posted in Parts
on September 24, 2013
In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern cars are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free". Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to Me...
Posted in Maintenance
on September 18, 2013
Most Mentor and Painsville motorists want to save on gas and seek our advice on improving fuel economy. At Tuffy Mentor, we are frequently asked, however, if it is really worth the extra effort. Just how much money can Painsville motorists actually save? The US government has a webs...
Posted in Fuel System
on September 10, 2013
Welcome to the Tuffy Mentor automotive blog. Today, let’s talk about the effect of tire tread depth on braking. When talking about stopping power, most Mentor and Chardon car owners tend to focus on our brakes. But our tires are where the rubber meets the road. So having good brakes...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on September 03, 2013
Is your car sometimes hard to start on an early Mentor morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your car's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, differen...
Posted in Fuel System
on August 29, 2013
Today we're talking about shocks and struts. They're so easy to forget about because they last so long and wear out so slowly. But your shocks are really responsible for keeping your tires on the road – so they're very important. Without shocks, your wheels would be bouncing over bum...
Posted in Shocks & Struts
on August 22, 2013
What is a cabin air filter? Is it:
A filter for a house in the middle of the woods?
A fresh, piney scent?
A filter for the passenger compartment of your car?
Clever you, it's 3. A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment. It fi...
Posted in Cabin Air Filter
on August 21, 2013
Whenever they hear the term "exhaust service," most Cleveland people think about exhaust pipes and mufflers. Well, actually, exhaust service at Tuffy Mentor is a lot more comprehensive these days. For example, catalytic converters were mandated in 1976 and on-board emission control c...
Posted in Exhaust
on August 20, 2013