Differential? What's that? And what's it for? I've been told by my service advisor that I need to get it serviced, but is that on the level?Do these questions sound familiar? They're not uncommon for Tampa drivers. A lot of us in Tampa don't know what a differential is or what it's for. Every ve...
Posted in Differential Service
on April 19, 2020
With high fuel prices in Tampa, FL, comes lots of gas saving advice. Some of it, like what you hear on is great. When you get one of those e-mails that's going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through.Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics?Do some resear...
Posted in Fuel System
on April 12, 2020
Sometimes we hear people in Tampa say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's vehicles are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexit...
Posted in Maintenance
on April 05, 2020
When it comes to preventive maintenance and vehicle care, most Tampa drivers know how important it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order.The pads and shoes are...
Posted in Older Vehicles
on March 29, 2020
Whenever they hear the term "exhaust service," most Tampa residents think about exhaust pipes and mufflers. Well, actually, exhaust service at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave) is a lot more comprehensive these days. For example, catalytic converters were mandated in 1976...
Posted in Exhaust
on March 22, 2020
If you haven't shopped in the Tampa area for a new vehicle recently, you're likely to experience some sticker shock. It seems everything is costing more these days. And when you consider the price of auto financing in Tampa, and insurance, the idea of hanging on to your old vehicle for a few more...
Posted in Keys to a long lasting vehicle
on March 15, 2020
Good vehicle care for us Tampa residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required different ...
Posted in Maintenance
on March 08, 2020
The primary job of the serpentine belt for Tampa drivers is to provide important traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesnt spin fast enough, the battery will not complete...
Posted in Serpentine Belt
on March 01, 2020
Here at AutoNetTV, we have national viewers, like your neighbors in Tampa, who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we're asked is: "What is a differential and what does it do?" You may have been told by your Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave) servi...
Posted in Drive Train
on February 23, 2020
Let's talk about transmission service. It can be easy for Tampa drivers to forget about getting their transmission serviced because it doesn't need it very often. It's easier for people in FL to remember to change the engine oil - you know, every 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But proper transm...
Posted in Timing Belt
on February 16, 2020