The Red Menace (How to Deal with Rust)

May 2, 2021

Rust. It's worse if you drive in places that use salt on the roads in winter, or if you spend time driving near a body of salt water. But any vehicle has to deal with rust after years on the road. And it's not just that rust can eat away your vehicle's body and fenders. It can be a real probl... More

Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Glendale Heights Alternator Replacement Service in Glendale Heights

April 25, 2021

Your vehicle alternator doesn't get enough credit. Though your battery gets your engine started, after that it's all about the alternator. Driving around Glendale Heights is a lot of work for your alternator, and as upgrades such as heated steering wheels, cooled seats, stability control and l... More

Engine Hydration for Glendale Heights Drivers: Role of Your Water Pump

April 18, 2021

The cooling system in an engine has five components: the radiator, the radiator cap, the hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The water is literally the heart of the system. Just as your own heart keeps your blood circulating through your body, the water pump keeps coolant circulating throug... More

Fears and Gears (Signs of Automatic Transmission Problems)

April 11, 2021

Automatic transmissions rule. The old days of shifting your own gears are a thing of the past for most drivers. But automatic transmission trouble can be a big inconvenience for any driver if it comes at the wrong time in the wrong place. Here are some signs to look out for that may mean you ar... More

It's Brake Time (Brake Calipers)

April 4, 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

A Not-So-Straight Story (Vehicle Pulls to One Side)

March 28, 2021

A vehicle should travel straight down a straight road with the steering wheel centered. But time and travel can take their toll and soon you may find your vehicle pulling to the left or right. Those are not good signs and should be taken care of fairly quickly. One thing that you should note is... More

DOG FOOD IN YOUR ENGINE (Keeping Rodents out of your Engine)

March 21, 2021

A technician was telling us the other day that he was servicing an engine and spotted something he'd never seen before: A collection of dry dog food siting on a horizontal metal ledge near the base of the engine. It was neatly stashed and was in a spot where the food pellets couldn't have simply... More

'Tis the Season (Tires)

March 14, 2021

We all know about winter tires. But did you know there is such a thing as summer tires? Most people have all-season tires on their vehicles. They work pretty well in a variety of weather conditions. But if you want better handling and performance, you might consider switching to summer tires. ... More

Emergency! (Vehicle Emergency items)

March 7, 2021

"I never expected it could happen to me." Countless drivers have said that after they've had an emergency turn their lives upside down. So before that happens to you, let's thinking about planning ahead for an emergency with a few things you should keep in your vehicle. Road flares. If you've ev... More

Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Glendale Heights?

February 28, 2021

Today's Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Glendale Heights article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many Glendale Heights drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in Illinois who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete la... More