Winter Tires

August 25, 2022

What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of Elgin driver's perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees.Twenty years ago in Illinois, winter tires differed from highway tires only in their... More

When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

August 7, 2022

Hey Elgin area drivers, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our Illinois streets? How can you tell on your vehicle?While there may be legal requirements for the Elgin area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates.Two-thirty-seconds of an inch ... More

Under Pressure in Elgin: TPMS

July 31, 2022

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in Elgin, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 200... More

Talk to Tuffy Auto Service Center Elgin About New Shoes for Your Vehicle

July 19, 2022

Custom wheels are one way that Elgin folks express themselves and personalize their vehicle. But they aren't as cheap and easy as sticking decals on your back window. There are several factors that need to be considered, including cost, the fit of the wheel, modifications that will have to be ma... More

Shake It up in Elgin!: Why Wheel Balancing

July 17, 2022

Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, we generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to achieve this is to keep a vehicle's wheels in balance. When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, it is usually out of balance... More

Saving Lives in Elgin with Tire Pressure

July 15, 2022

All new passenger vehicles on our Elgin, Illinois, roads now have tire pressure monitoring systems TPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are underinflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about them.First off, the most important thing is that you ... More

Tire Tread Depth for Elgin, Illinois Drivers

July 3, 2022

Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out.The Feds don't have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider 2/32 of an inch to be the minimum legal tread depth. Tw... More

Tire Rotation and Balancing at Tuffy Auto Service Center Elgin in Elgin

July 1, 2022

Tires do a lot of work for Elgin drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around Elgin. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With su... More

Getting New Tires in Elgin?

January 2, 2022

There are so many tire choices in the Elgin area that selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for drivers. And even though it's kind of fun to have new tires on your vehicle, they're a significant investment for most Elgin area folks so you want do it right.Tip: talk with your friendly ... More

The Tuffy Auto Service Center Elgin Guide to Custom Wheels

May 17, 2020

If you're interested in customizing the wheels and tires on your vehicle, there are a few things you should know first.Most importantly, the wheels you buy need to fit your vehicle. Not all wheels are created equal. Too many Elgin drivers have bought a set of wheels that caught their eye, then, ... More