Alternator Facts (Failing Alternator)

May 9, 2021

If you notice that your headlights are flickering at night, that's something to pay attention to. While there could be many different things that could cause that problem, one possibility is your vehicle's alternator. The alternator takes mechanical energy from the engine and turns it into electr... More

Don't Stack the Mat

May 2, 2021

In the sloppy cold weather months, you might be tempted to pick up an all-weather mat and throw it on top of the mats you already have in your vehicle. After all, double protection is better, right? In this case, wrong. Here's why. It's important to keep the accelerator and brake pedals clear so ... More

No Strain, No Gain (The Basics of Oil Filters)

April 25, 2021

Ever wonder what one of the best things is to ever happen to your vehicle's engine? It's the little thing that usually looks like a can, the oil filter. Just like your kitchen sink strainer filters out errant particles of food from clogging your drain, the oil filter cleans out small particles t... More

Procrastination Prevention in Aurora

April 18, 2021

Every one of us has a little procrastinator inside us. Some put off getting our teeth cleaned. Others put off answering our emails. Yet others put off calling friends and family (sorry, Uncle Joe). And there are those of us who put off getting our vehicle's service done, whether it's a repair or ... More

Budget for Maintenance in Aurora

April 11, 2021

Sometimes busy Aurora residents dream about going back to the simpler days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around Illinois in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced th... More

Have a Ball! Know your Ball Joints (Ball Joints)

April 4, 2021

We all have joints in our own skeletal system, but did you know your vehicle has some joints of its own? One of the most important is called a ball joint. One of the interesting things is that it's somewhat similar to the ball and socket joints we have in our hips and shoulders. A ball joint all... More

It's Brake Time (Brake Calipers)

March 28, 2021

Race car drivers have demonstrated the advantages of disc brakes, so most modern vehicles use them. Sometimes just the front wheels have disc brakes, but many vehicles now have them all the way around. A major component of the disc brake is called a caliper. It works by squeezing brake pads ag... More

Relax When the Wind Blows in Illinois: Winter Car Prep for Aurora Drivers

March 21, 2021

When autumn comes around in Aurora, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for Aurora drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for Aurora driver... More

Deciphering the Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Aurora Menu Board

March 14, 2021

Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Aurora, Illinois, service centers like Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Aurora have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in... More

Positive and Negative (Battery Care)

March 7, 2021

You notice when your smartphone's battery starts to go weak on you. It runs out of juice faster than it did when it was new. Bet you pay attention to that pretty closely. Unfortunately, many of us don't pay the same attention to the battery in our vehicles. If your battery got you through the c... More