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 u...
Posted in Automotive News
on October 14, 2018
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't...
Posted in Maintenance
on October 07, 2018
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 diese...
Posted in Fuel System
on September 30, 2018
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 wh...
Posted in Diagnostics
on September 23, 2018
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 wh...
Posted in Shocks & Struts
on September 16, 2018
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...
Posted in Serpentine Belt
on September 09, 2018
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...
Posted in Older Vehicles
on September 02, 2018
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...
Posted in Fuel Economy
on August 26, 2018
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...
Posted in Monitoring System
on August 20, 2018
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 t...
Posted in Cooling System
on August 12, 2018