There was a man in the Tampa area who learned that most car accidents occur within a mile of home – so he moved. (Just kidding!)When we think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local FL highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to home i...
Posted in Steering
on November 07, 2017
Local Tampa roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around Tampa ...
Posted in Parts
on October 31, 2017
Unless you live in Death Valley, you really don't hear much any more about cars overheating. That's because cooling systems in vehicles have been much improved. That doesn't mean you can't overheat your vehicle engine, though. Without proper preventive maintenance, you could still find ...
Posted in Cooling System
on October 23, 2017
Most people in the Tampa area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standar...
Posted in Service Intervals
on October 18, 2017
Most Tampa drivers are too young to remember life before power steering - cranking those great big steering wheels! It was a pretty good workout. Now power steering is standard. Let's look at how it works. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pump pressurizes the power...
Posted in Steering
on October 10, 2017
Today's report from Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (Gunn Hwy) is on vehicle batteries, why they die and what we can do to lengthen their life. Most of us have had a dead battery at one time or another. In fact, it would be very unusual if you hadn't. You may be surprised to l...
Posted in Fluids
on October 02, 2017
The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling faster. If you have a standard transmission, then you have to do the work of shi...
Posted in Timing Belt
on September 29, 2017
Road trip, anyone? Nothing spoils a great vacation faster than ending up stranded on the side of the road or spending a week in a rundown motel while our vehicle sits in the shop. Long days on the road can bring out the worst in your vehicle, so before you leave, prepare it for the jour...
Posted in Inspection
on September 11, 2017
All modern Tampa vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it's a topic Tampa drivers need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount at the right time—to be mixed with air and burned in th...
Posted in Fuel System
on September 05, 2017
During an inspection at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (Gunn Hwy) in Tampa, your friendly and knowledgeable automotive service technician will check for worn, broken or missing parts.
Here's a quick rundown of suspension system components:
There are the springs which hold th...
Posted in Shocks & Struts
on August 29, 2017