Part of the engineering that goes into designing a vehicle is testing the components to ensure that they meet durability and safety standards. Because of this, manufacturers have a good idea as to how long the parts in your vehicle will last under normal driving conditions. For this rea...
Posted in Inspection
on January 14, 2018
There are several important factors that go into how often Tampa drivers should replace their wiper blades. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the faster the blades will wear out – especially if you use them on an icy windshield. Whether it’s a lot of bugs and road grime from FL freeway dri...
Posted in Windshield Wipers
on January 08, 2018
Every Tampa car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replace...
Posted in Maintenance
on January 02, 2018
With temperatures soaring to record highs around the country, AAA cautions motorists not to underestimate the ways in which extreme heat can wreak havoc on vehicles. With an estimated eight million automobiles in need of AAA’s roadside assistance this summer, heat will take its toll on vehicle...
Posted in none
on December 17, 2017
Tampa residents know that engines burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine's cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the f...
Posted in Fuel System
on December 11, 2017
Most Tampa folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by drivers in ...
Posted in Automotive News
on December 04, 2017
The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles),...
Posted in Timing Belt
on November 26, 2017
Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Tampa, FL, service centers like Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave) have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. ...
Posted in Service Intervals
on November 20, 2017
All FL pilots have checklists for every aspect of flying. They always use their checklists even if they only have two steps on them. They do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forget steps. It is also how they can assure a predictable outcome. That is why Tampa autom...
Posted in Service Standards
on November 13, 2017
All modern Tampa vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it's a topic Tampa drivers need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount at the right time—to be mixed with air and burned in th...
Posted in Fuel System
on November 05, 2017