Why You Have an O2 Sensor (Oxygen Sensor)

March 7, 2021

If someone asked you what gas made up the largest portion of the atmosphere, what would you guess? Well, it's not oxygen; it only makes up 20.9 percent. But since we're talking about oxygen, you should know that your vehicle uses oxygen sensors to make sure your engine is running the way it shou... More

Something to Latch On To (Hood Latch Safety)

February 28, 2021

The other day, a driver was trying to open his vehicle's hood so he could add some windshield washer fluid. But when he pulled the hood release inside the car, nothing happened. Usually, opening any hood is a 2-step process. You pull the hood release (which is usually a handle under the dashbo... More

Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Tuffy Auto Service Charlotte?

February 21, 2021

Today's Tuffy Auto Service Charlotte article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many Charlotte drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in NC who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete lack of awareness and the dir... More

Battery Maintenance Tips From Tuffy Auto Service Charlotte

February 14, 2021

When it comes to your vehicle, it all starts with the battery. Proper battery maintenance is important for two reasons:First, your vehicle won't start or run without it. Second, it is the key to the long life of your auto electrical system. If your battery isn't working efficiently, your alterna... More

Differential Service in Charlotte, NC - What You Need to Know

February 7, 2021

Scratching your head? Don't worry, if you don't know what a differential is you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in Charlotte, NC, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you have a differential. So... More

Tire Rotation and Balancing at Tuffy Auto Service Charlotte in Charlotte

January 31, 2021

Tires do a lot of work for Charlotte drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around Charlotte. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers.... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Auto Service Charlotte: Timing Belt Overview

January 24, 2021

In your engine, valves over each combustion chamber open to allow fresh air in, close during the combustion event, and then other valves open to let out the exhaust. All of this happens over and over thousands of times a minute when you are driving around Charlotte. The timing belts important job... More

Growing Old Together (Maintaining an Older Vehicle)

January 17, 2021

More and more of us are hanging on to our vehicles longer. A company by the name of HIS Markit recently released a report that shows the average age of light vehicles in the U.S. is now 11.8 years. Light vehicles are cars, SUVs (sport utility vehicles) and CUVs (compact utility vehicles). In C... More

Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, Charlotte Car Owners

January 10, 2021

A generation ago, Charlotte drivers seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle's preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Taking your vehicle in to your Charlotte shop every year or two for repairs ... More

3 Winter Windshield Tips (Care of Windshield)

January 3, 2021

Cold weather can present some real challenges when it comes to your vehicle's windshield. Think of it. Your windshield is your window to the world when you're driving, and clear visibility is extraordinarily important for safe travels. So here are 3 tips to ensure that your windshield can do it... More