Car Care Tips

Such a Little Part (Climate Control Resistor)

You expect your heater/air conditioner to work like it should. You have a control for temperature and one for fan speed. You even have a control for what vents the air comes out of. Don't be surprised one day if your blower fan develops a mind of its own and starts going crazy. Most of the ti... Read More

Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Aurora Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

Hello Illinois! Today's vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll ... Read More

Straight Ahead (Wheel Alignment)

If every road was straight and smooth, we wouldn't have to worry much about wheel alignment. But they're not, so we do. Hitting potholes or driving on rough pavement can knock your vehicle out of alignment and you'll notice it in one of several ways.Your steering wheel may not be centered when ... Read More

How Do You Save Gas in Aurora, Illinois?

No one in Aurora, Illinois, likes to spend a chunk of change at the gas pump. Rising Illinois fuel prices, however, have spurred Aurora drivers to focus on how to improve their fuel economy. North Americans literally drive billions of miles/kilometers less each month during times of high fuel pri... Read More

Right or Left? Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Aurora Power Steering Service

Have you ever driven a vehicle without power steering? If you have, then you probably appreciate how much easier it is to drive today's modern vehicles. Before power steering, all of the force to turn a vehicle had to come from the driver's arms. That's why old cars had such large steering wheels... Read More

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Aurora

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the Illinois news. Aurora people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate.A lot of Aurora motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters,... Read More

The Power Behind your Engine (Alternator Diagnosis and Repair)

There's nothing like that sinking feeling when you turn the key and nothing happens in your vehicle. A lot of us are quick to blame the battery. But it may instead be your alternator that's failing.Your battery supplies power to start your vehicle, but the alternator is what sends power when y... Read More

A Door No One Can Step Through (Fuel Door Repair and Maintenance)

Your vehicle has lots of doors including that one usually near the back on the vehicle's side. That's the fuel door, something you use every time you gas up. These endure hundreds of open-and-close cycles, usually without any problems. But when they act up, it can be a major inconvenience for ... Read More

Keep Your Aurora Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey Aurora - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very impor... Read More

A Real "Pane" (Window Maintenance and Repair)

It's pretty frustrating when your driver's window won't work. You can't get your food at the drive-thru without opening the door, have a tough time using the ATM from your vehicle, can't have that fresh breeze blowing through your hair as you listen to your favorite road tunes.Plus, there's a s... Read More

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