The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Columbus we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they sho...
Posted in Serpentine Belt
on September 20, 2020
Who thinks about their fuel gauge? You probably don't until it doesn't work any more. Then you have to guess how much fuel is in your tank, and that's no way to live life on the road. Fuel gauges, like every other part in your vehicle, can fail. And when yours stops working, you will probably...
Posted in Windshield Wipers
on September 13, 2020
Do I keep my old vehicle or buy a new one? It's a question most Columbus drivers ask themselves at some time or another.Generally, what it comes down to is the choice between a car payment and the possibility of repair bills. Most of the time, we want to choose the car payment because we don't li...
Posted in Keys to a long lasting vehicle
on September 06, 2020
The price of gas in Ohio has got people in Columbus talking. It seems that Columbus folks who need a bigger vehicle to carry family and gear, or provide four wheel drive, are hit especially hard. That is why we thought it would be good to review some things that anyone can do to improve fuel eco...
Posted in Fuel System
on August 30, 2020
Your alternator makes electricity to start and run your engine and all of the vital electrical systems in your vehicle. Thats everything from the on-board computers to the turn signals. And of course there is the entertainment system, seat heaters, power windows and everything you plug into the p...
Posted in Battery
on August 23, 2020
Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from Columbus knows this makes sense.Some of us in the Columbus area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I'm not talkin' what you see in the mirror.Guys: sports equipment and tools. Ladies: well, just take a look around the passenger compartment ...
Posted in Fuel System
on August 16, 2020
Anyone who drives a car in Columbus knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engine! Goo...
Posted in Cooling System
on August 09, 2020
In many places, license plates have to be renewed every year or else you can't drive your vehicle legally. Usually, you'll get a reminder from the agency that issues the plates.That kind of regular attention needs to be paid to your vehicle as well. Its manufacturer has determined a schedule o...
Posted in Maintenance
on August 02, 2020
In the sloppy cold weather months, you might be tempted to pick up an all-weather mat and throw it on top of the mats you already have in your vehicle. After all, double protection is better, right? In this case, wrong. Here's why.It's important to keep the accelerator and brake pedals clear so ...
Posted in Monitoring System
on July 26, 2020
Nowadays, Columbus drivers are paying more at Ohio gas pumps. For some families it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That's got to come out of the budget somewhere. This is one of the reasons many Ohio drivers are putting off buying a new car. They plan on keeping their old vehicle ...
Posted in Service Intervals
on July 20, 2020