Wired! (Battery Cable Service)

July 25, 2021

Colder weather brings out the worst in a vehicle's battery. On a very cold day, you may have experienced that your engine cranks slowly when starting. But while it may be the battery itself, it may also be the parts that transfer the power to other the other electrical components, the battery c... More

Rear Window—Not the Movie! (Why Some Rear Windows Don't Go All the Way Down)

July 18, 2021

Alfred Hitchcock once made a mystery thriller film called "Rear Window." It had nothing to do with the rear window of today's cars, SUVs, CUVs and light trucks. But there is one thing that some drivers DO find mysterious. Why don't the rear windows in the second row of many of these vehicles go... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (Gunn Hwy): Battery Testing

July 11, 2021

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (Gunn Hwy) when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most Tampa drivers and its tempting to put off buying a new o... More

Diagnosing Your Vehicle at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (Gunn Hwy) in Tampa

July 4, 2021

When we Tampa residents get a car repair bill, we really shouldn't be surprised to find diagnostic fees as one of the line items. When we get a computer fixed, there is usually a charge for the time it takes to diagnose the problem. When we go to a medical doctor, most of his fee is for his abili... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (Gunn Hwy): A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

June 27, 2021

The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around Tampa.An old timing belt can lose a tooth in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing belt ... More

Easy Miles – Do Tampa Driving Conditions Affect Service Intervals?

June 20, 2021

Have you ever noticed that your vehicle has a schedule in your owner's manual for what is called severe service maintenance? Let's define what severe driving conditions aren't: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on the interstate for 20 miles (32 kilometers) or more at a cons... More

The Part You've Never Seen (Flat Tires and Solutions)

June 13, 2021

They say your vehicle has one, but you've never seen it. And you might not even know it if you stumbled on it accidentally. We're talking about the jack, that tool that allows you to lift one corner of the vehicle up so someone can change a flat tire. So you say you'd never try to change a flat ... More

Air Conditioning Maintenance at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (Gunn Hwy) in Tampa

June 6, 2021

Warm weather or cold, Tampa drivers still need to think about their vehicle's air conditioning. Most Tampa people don't service their air conditioning until after it fails. At Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (Gunn Hwy), we can advise you on your vehicle manufacturers preventive maintenanc... More

That Vexing Vapor Venting (Vapor Coming out of Vents)

May 30, 2021

You may have noticed sometimes on a hot and humid day, vapor will come out of your vehicle's vents when you have the air conditioning on. Is that something to be concerned about? Well, it depends. Sometimes that steam or vapor can be caused by water accumulating in the vent system after it has c... More

Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

May 23, 2021

Bad air quality while you're driving around Tampa is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.These filters clean the air in the passenger compartm... More