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

Your browser does not support the video tag. 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 ... Read More

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

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 th... Read More

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

Your browser does not support the video tag. 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... Read More

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

Your browser does not support the video tag. 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 trans... Read More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave): Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Tampa drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensi... Read More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave): A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around Tampa.An old timing belt can lose a “tooth” in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing bel... Read More

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