Getting from E to F (Fuel Gauge Problems)

January 29, 2023

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... More

Ready, Set, COLD! (Getting Vehicle Ready for Winter)

January 22, 2023

When the temperatures plunge, your vehicle better be ready because it faces a whole new set of challenges. Rubber stiffens, glass fogs, fluids freeze. Just thinking about it can get your heart beating faster. So here are some tips for getting ready for those inevitable colder temperatures. Mak... More

Full of Hot Air (Air Conditioning)

January 15, 2023

In warm weather, you want to be in a cool vehicle. When we're talking cool, we don't mean stylish or trendy, but cool as in not sweltering inside. And if your vehicle's air conditioner stops working correctly, it seems to always break at the worst timeduring a heat wave. Automotive air conditio... More

Not-So-Smooth Operator (Transmission Signs of Trouble)

January 8, 2023

You are heading down a flat, newly paved street when all of a sudden you feel it. Your vehicle jumps a little bit when you're accelerating and changing gears. You know it's not the surface of the road because it's smooth as silk. So what did you just feel? That kind of jumpingor grinding or sl... More

Go With the Flow (MAF Sensor Replacement)

January 1, 2023

A driver brought her vehicle into the shop the other day and told us how she was getting lousy fuel economy and that the engine was running rough. Plus, the Check Engine light was on. Our technician checked the code the engine had generated (why the Check Engine light was on) and found the prob... More

Straight to the Point (Alignment Signs of Problems)

December 25, 2022

Its just common sense that your vehicle will drive better if all the wheels are lined up with each other and the road the way the engineers intended. When theyre not, that is called being out of alignment. Here are some signs that your alignment has problems. Your steering wheel isnt straight... More

Before You Buy that Used Vehicle (Having a Used Car Inspected Before Buying)

December 18, 2022

Let's face it. New vehicles are expensive, so finding a good used one can save drivers a lot of money. It's tempting to look through ads, find a private seller who has what you're looking for and pay a price you think is a great deal. But when you go over to look at a used car, do you really k... More

A Head Start on Starting (Battery Testing)

December 11, 2022

If your vehicle isn't starting or doesn't sound like it used to when you crank it, the culprit may be the battery. You may have left a light on, or something plugged into one of charging ports. Maybe you accidentally left your vehicle in the "on" or "accessory" position when you last got out. M... More

Clean Fuel ? Clean Performance for Austin Drivers

December 4, 2022

Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the vehicle engine.Austin auto owners don't need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it; they n... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Austin: Signs of an Alignment Problem

November 27, 2022

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Austin drivers often associate our wheels being knocked out of alignment with an event like an accident, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While... More