Car Care Tips

Go Straight: Wheel Alignment for Elgin Automobiles

Elgin drivers may have an alignment problem if their car drifts or pulls to one side, the steering wheel's off center, they notice uneven tire wear or the car doesn't feel like it handles right as they drive down Elgin, Illinois, streets and roads.When all of a vehicle's wheels are lined... Read More

Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At Tuffy Auto Service Center Elgin we get a lot of Elgin drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around Illinois, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won... Read More

Maintaining Your Diesel in Elgin

Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven't been as common in the Elgin area because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more Elgin die... Read More

Automotive Detective Work in Elgin

There's a reason we use the word “diagnose” when we talk about fixing cars in Elgin. Figuring out what's wrong with your vehicle has a lot of similarities to figuring out what's wrong with someone who is ill. Vehicles are a mass of complex systems that can produce a variety of symptoms ... Read More

Check Your Shocks and Struts at Tuffy Auto Service Center Elgin

  Today we're talking to Elgin drivers about shocks and struts. They're so easy for Illinois folks 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 ... Read More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Auto Service Center Elgin: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Tuffy Auto Service Center Elgin we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should... Read More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Auto Service Center Elgin: Rotor Problems

The brake rotor, or disc, is attached to your wheel. The brake pads rub on the rotor to slow your car when you are driving in Elgin.Rotors can warp, crack or become misaligned. They can also be damaged by worn out brake pads that scratch grooves into the surface. These conditions result in less c... Read More

Fuel for Thought

If you're like most people and drive a gasoline-powered vehicle, you need to be up to speed on its fuel-related components.  They're pretty basic: the fuel, the fuel filter and the fuel pump. The fuel's the easy part.  You probably gas up your vehicle yourself and, if you're like most drivers, pr... Read More

When You Hear the Crash in Elgin: What to Do After an Accident

Motorists in North America drive about 3 trillion miles/4.8 trillion kilometers every year. There are over 250+ million licensed drivers, and approximately 6.2 million accidents happen every year. Unfortunately, if we're going to drive vehicles, there are going to be accidents. Knowing what to do... Read More

Keep Your Cool in Elgin

Elgin drivers rely on their vehicle's coolant system to keep their engine cool. Coolant (also called antifreeze) mixed with water flows through your vehicle engine and absorbs heat. The mixture then flows out to the radiator where it's cooled by air flowing over the radiator. From there... Read More

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