Put on the Brakes: Brake Service at Tuffy Auto Service Center Elgin

February 28, 2021

When it comes to preventive maintenance and vehicle care, most Elgin drivers know how important it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order.The pads and shoes are... More

Not So Hot in Elgin

February 21, 2021

When the weather turns cold, it's nice to crank up the furnace and enjoy the heat. But if your home's furnace doesn't work, it's not too comfortable. Same goes with your vehicle. When the heater's not working, things can get miserable. It could also signal some major problems, which we'll discuss... More

Elgin Road Trip Preparation

February 14, 2021

People from Elgin, Illinois, love their cars. And nothing goes with cars better than a Illinois road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road it's great! But there's nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.You can't always avoid problems, but you can... More

Low Power Mystery (Ignition Coil Service)

February 7, 2021

It's no fun when your vehicle just doesn't run the way it used to. You may notice (especially in cold weather) the engine won't start easily or when it does start, it doesn't run smoothly. It may not have much power at all. You also may have had to stop at the gas station more often, a sign you... More

Straight Ahead (Wheel Alignment)

January 31, 2021

If every road was straight and smooth, we wouldn't have to worry much about wheel alignment. But they're not, so we do. Hitting potholes or driving on rough pavement can knock your vehicle out of alignment and you'll notice it in one of several ways. Your steering wheel may not be centered when ... More

What Is an EGR Valve? (EGR Valve Service)

January 24, 2021

If you've ever felt your vehicle hesitate, go, then hesitate again, you might think there's something wrong with the transmission. After all, it's not moving smoothly down the road. But there are plenty of malfunctions that can cause those symptoms, one of them being something you may have nev... More

Don't Neglect Your Spare (Spare Tire Care)

January 17, 2021

If you've ever had a flat tire, then you know welcome it is to have a spare tire that is properly inflated, in good shape and easy to get to. Problem is many of us don't even give our spare tire (if we even have one) a second thought. If you have an SUV or truck with a spare, it may be mounted o... More

Why People in Elgin Hesitate to Get Their Vehicle Serviced

January 10, 2021

A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our Elgin, Illinois, 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 North America alone. Some of th... More

It Wears on You (Tire Rotation)

January 3, 2021

If someone told you there was a fairly inexpensive way to improve your vehicle's handling, fuel economy and extend the life of your tires, you'd probably ask, "What do I have to do?" The answer is to rotate your tires. But you have to do it regularly. A lot of drivers think skipping tire rotatio... More

Conventional or Synthetic? (Switching to Synthetic Oil)

January 1, 2021

If you keep up on technology trends, then you may be intrigued about synthetic motor oil. It was introduced in the 1960s when Mobil came up with it. Mobil's oil was different from conventional motor oil because it was first broken down to its basic molecules. Then, Mobil removed additional imp... More