The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Charlotte, NC: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Charlotte motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because n...
Posted in Maintenance
on July 12, 2020
If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in Charlotte. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a better underst...
Posted in Timing Belt
on July 05, 2020
Today in the Tuffy Auto Service Charlotte auto care blog, we're going to talk to Charlotte drivers about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, oil change intervals become longer for Tuffy Auto Service Charlotte customers. For example, recently four of the world's lar...
Posted in Fluids
on June 28, 2020
Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Charlotte area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to ge...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on June 21, 2020
Organization is the key to managing a busy life in NC. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep Charlotte residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write oil change every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to the saf...
Posted in Service Intervals
on June 14, 2020
Engines get hot when they run. This heat can build up and damage vital engine parts, so engines need a cooling system to keep them running. Cooling system failure is the most common mechanical failure in vehicles. This is unfortunate, because these failures are usually easy for Charlotte drivers...
Posted in Cooling System
on June 07, 2020
There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the Charlotte area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let's focus on visibilityIt's said that 90 percent of our driving decision...
Posted in Headlamps
on May 31, 2020
You've heard that expression, change is good. When it comes to your vehicle's oil, change is not only good, it's vital for the health of the engine. But there's one question that puzzles many drivers: how frequently should my vehicle's oil be changed? There is not one simple answer, but here ar...
Posted in Oil Change
on May 24, 2020
If you saw a dollar bill on the ground, you'd pick it up, right? Well, whether you find that dollar on the ground or in savings at the gas pump, money is money, and here are some ways to hold on to more of it.Slowing down is the easiest way to save fuel, especially for every speed increase over ...
Posted in Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down
on May 17, 2020
Today we're talking to Charlotte drivers about shocks and struts. They're so easy for NC folks to forget about because they last so long and wear out so slowly. But your shocks are really responsible for keeping your tires on the road so they're very important.Without shocks, your wheels would...
Posted in Shocks & Struts
on May 10, 2020