Fears and Gears (Signs of Automatic Transmission Problems)

March 28, 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

A Cool and Smooth Transmission in Tampa

May 31, 2020

When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us Tampa drivers remember to get our oil changed. But services that occur at longer intervals like transmission service sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is part of car care. A poorly maintained transmission will... More

Transmission Service at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave) in Tampa

February 16, 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... More

It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave)

November 17, 2019

If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in Tampa. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of techn... More

Transmission Care in Tampa, FL

September 1, 2019

Do you have any plans around Tampa, FL, for the weekend? Maybe you and some friends are taking the boat up to the lake. Maybe you'll be having a lot of fun water skiing and doing a little fishing.You got the boat all ready. It's all ... More

Combustion Choreography: Timing Belt Replacement at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave) in Tampa

August 18, 2019

Have you ever seen a ballet performance? Have you wondered how all of those dancers manage to travel all over the stage jumping and twirling and never crash into each other? That's the job of a choreographer.Our auto engines are also highly choreographed. Pistons travel up and down inside cylinde... More

The Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave) Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

March 10, 2019

Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of Tampa drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in Tampa. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills... More

Tampa Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

June 26, 2018

Any Tampa driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that if it ain't broke, don't fix it is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for Tampa residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example of this is the ... More

Ask Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave): What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

November 26, 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), w... More

Gear Up: Transmission Service at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave) in Tampa

October 22, 2017

The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling faster. If you have a standard transmission, then you have to do the work of shift... More