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 Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (Gunn Hwy) we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itse...
Posted in Serpentine Belt
on May 13, 2018
Power steering is standard on nearly every vehicle in Tampa, FL, these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that's driven by a belt powered by the engine.Contact the automotive professionals at Tuffy Tire...
Posted in Steering
on May 06, 2018
When they hear the word suspension, many drivers in Tampa may think back to those energetic days of grade school. Well, your vehicle's suspension is actually a good thing because it keeps your vehicle up off the road and helps provide a comfy ride around Tampa. Its job is to keep your whe...
Posted in Shocks & Struts
on May 01, 2018
When your experienced Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (Gunn Hwy) technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn't need a new air filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your technician's auto advice if they tell you...
Posted in Engine Air Filter
on April 22, 2018
Today at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (Gunn Hwy) we want to talk with you about a very important safety issue. This automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: fire fighting experts. You've probably heard of E-85 gasoline being offered in the Tampa area. Som...
Posted in Warranty
on April 15, 2018
Anyone who drives a car in Tampa knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engine!...
Posted in Cooling System
on April 11, 2018
At Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (Gunn Hwy), we occasionally see severe tire damage that could have been prevented with proper wheel alignment. During a Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (Gunn Hwy) alignment service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, ...
Posted in Automotive News
on April 03, 2018
There's a segment of the Tampa area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 ki...
Posted in Maintenance
on March 26, 2018
Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the vehicle engine.Tampa auto owners don't need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it; ...
Posted in Fuel System
on March 21, 2018
Hello Tampa drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Tampa, here's some auto advice to help you.There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new ba...
Posted in Fluids
on March 12, 2018