Give me a Brake (Light)!

September 19, 2021

If that little brake warning light pops up on your dash, do you know what it means? Well, if you said no, you wouldn't be alone. You know it has something to do with your brakes, but exactly what? You're not sure. One of the reasons is that it could mean a lot of different things. It could be som... More

Fuel System Cleaning the Professional Way at Tuffy Auto Service Charlotte

September 12, 2021

Your fuel system needs to be clean to do its job properly. When it gets dirty, the results are lower engine performance, reduced fuel economy and impaired safety. It can even lead to costly repair bills for Charlotte drivers. So keep your fuel system clean as part of your routine preventive maint... More

Don't Start with That (Bad Starter Motor)

September 5, 2021

We've all heard that expression, "That's a non starter." When it comes to your vehicle, that's not music to a driver's ears. That sickening sound when you start the ignition and instead of hearing the engine crank, you hear it slowly turn over and your dash lights go dim. There can be many reaso... More

Don't Be Shocked (Shock Absorbers)

August 29, 2021

If you've ever ridden down a rough road on your bicycle, you know how hard a ride it can be. Yet drive down the same road in your car, truck or SUV and it miraculously will smooth out the ride. That's because it is equipped with shock absorbers. They are built to dampen impacts from road irreg... More

Relax When the Wind Blows in NC: Winter Car Prep for Charlotte Drivers

August 22, 2021

When autumn comes around in Charlotte, 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 Charlotte drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for Charlot... More

Why Wheel Balancing and Tire Rotation Save You Money on Tires

August 15, 2021

Charlotte drivers want their tires to last as long as possible. Two ways to extend tire life are wheel balancing and tire rotation.When wheels are out of balance, they wobble and vibrate. That makes the tires wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance you'll feel it in the stee... More

Sounds Like a Hot Rod (Noisy Exhaust System)

August 8, 2021

Driving along, your exhaust system's rumbling so loud that people turn and stare at you pass by. You're wondering when the police are going to pull you over for illegal noise. Your mind immediately thinks, aha! A broken muffler. Well, your exhaust system is composed of many more parts than just... More

Don't Be Fuelish

August 1, 2021

If you smell gasoline in your vehicle, pay attention to your nose. That's because it has an important message for you. Newer vehicles should never have a gasoline smell inside. One of the most dangerous conditions can come when your fuel line system has a leak or multiple leaks. Vehicles with fue... More

The Byte Stuff (Your Vehicle's Computers)

July 25, 2021

Nobody has to tell you that computers are a part of so many things in our lives. Smartphones, kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners, televisions. You name itit has a computer in it. And your vehicle is no exception. The earliest cars relied on the technology of their time, and there was no such ... More

Drive Train - What You Need to Know in Charlotte

July 18, 2021

One Charlotte automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around Charlotte, but they're very important. First let's define what the driveline is:Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and ... More