A Honking Big Jam (Stuck Horn)

November 28, 2021

At one time or another, most drivers honk their horn at someone who might be texting at a stoplight or not paying attention when they're driving. But what happens when you tap on your horn and all of a sudden it won't quit? Everyone's looking at you like you're an angry jerk and all you want to ... More

The Tuffy Auto Service Center Elgin Guide to Servicing Your Differential

November 21, 2021

Differential? What's that? And what's it for? I've been told by my service advisor that I need to get it serviced, but is that on the level?Do these questions sound familiar? They're not uncommon for Elgin drivers. A lot of us in Elgin don't know what a differential is or what it's for. Every ve... More

Objects in the Mirror (Rearview Mirror Safety and Maintenance)

November 14, 2021

You may remember a song that went, "Objects in the rearview mirror may appear closer than they are." While that was a song about life's lessons, there are a few things we should all know about how important rearview mirrors are to safe driving. While new electronic devices are helping drivers be ... More

A Bright Idea

November 7, 2021

You've probably noticed how much easier it is to see when you're driving in the daytime as opposed to at night. It's one of the main reasons about half of all fatal vehicle accidents happen when it's dark. That's why it's important that your vehicle's headlights are in top condition and working t... More

Getting from E to F (Fuel Gauge Problems)

October 31, 2021

Who thinks about their fuel gauge? You probably don't until it doesn't work any more. Then you have to guess how much fuel is in your tank, and that's no way to live life on the road. Fuel gauges, like every other part in your vehicle, can fail. And when yours stops working, you will probably... More

Some New Boots (Suspension Maintenance)

October 24, 2021

There are some boots that don't come in a shoe box and aren't worn on your feet. They are called axle or CV boots, and they can be important parts for many vehicles. That CV stands for constant velocity. CV axles are mainly used in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. They're also us... More

Emergency! (Vehicle Emergency items)

October 17, 2021

"I never expected it could happen to me." Countless drivers have said that after they've had an emergency turn their lives upside down. So before that happens to you, let's thinking about planning ahead for an emergency with a few things you should keep in your vehicle. Road flares. If you've ev... More

Power Steering Service at Tuffy Auto Service Center Elgin in Elgin

October 10, 2021

Many Elgin drivers have been hearing about technological advances in power steering, specifically electric power steering. Some very high-end cars have been featuring electric power steering. Power steering fluid has the necessary hydraulic properties and the ability to lubricate the internal pa... More

Cooling System Components

October 3, 2021

Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles the cooling system. It's one of those things that Elgin auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in Illinois.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system usuall... More

Tuffy Auto Service Center Elgin Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

September 26, 2021

Elgin residents often ask the question: "Will using premium gas make my car run better?" The answer is simple. But first, let's talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the hi... More