Car Care Tips

Trickle Down Technology

Recently, Nissan introduced the latest version of its Leaf, the company's electric car. It has many new features, including something called e-Pedal. It allows the driver to let up on the accelerator and, unlike a gasoline engine car, the Leaf doesn't just slowly lose speed; letting off the throt... Read More

Got it Covered! (Timing Cover Maintenance)

You may have heard at one time or another about something called a timing belt or timing chain in your engine. And you may know that if they fail well, let's just way that there can be some major engine damage. So obviously, we want our timing belts and chains to be in tip-top shape.One part t... Read More

Improve Your Night Vision When Driving in Chicago

Night driving in Chicago is not as safe as daylight driving as evidenced by the increased accident rate at night. Much of that is simply because it's dark outside.Visibility is important to safe driving. Ninety percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. And at night, we just can't... Read More

The Part You've Never Seen (Flat Tires and Solutions)

They say your vehicle has one, but you've never seen it. And you might not even know it if you stumbled on it accidentally.We're talking about the jack, that tool that allows you to lift one corner of the vehicle up so someone can change a flat tire.So you say you'd never try to change a flat ... Read More

What Is an EGR Valve? (EGR Valve Service)

If you've ever felt your vehicle hesitate, go, then hesitate again, you might think there's something wrong with the transmission. After all, it's not moving smoothly down the road. But there are plenty of malfunctions that can cause those symptoms, one of them being something you may have nev... Read More

Such a Little Part (Climate Control Resistor)

You expect your heater/air conditioner to work like it should. You have a control for temperature and one for fan speed. You even have a control for what vents the air comes out of. Don't be surprised one day if your blower fan develops a mind of its own and starts going crazy. Most of the ti... Read More

Will Proper Auto Maintenance at Tuffy Chicago (Diversey Pkwy) Really Save Gas?

Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly - like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we're also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But Chicago drivers don't always extend those ... Read More

Taking the Heat (Heater Hose Maintenance/Repair)

If you have an internal combustion vehicle, you know it has a lot of hoses that carry various fluids. And if you have a heater in your vehicle, you'll have heater hoses.A heater hose connects to and from the engine so some coolant can be circulated through a little radiator called a heater core... Read More

Ask Tuffy Chicago (Diversey Pkwy): What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

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), which co... Read More

How Much Does It Cost? (Variations in Vehicle Repair Costs)

Ever wonder why it costs so much more to fix a similar problem in two different vehicles? Let's say you now own an SUV and before that, you owned a car. Your SUV's air conditioning system needs a new evaporator, but the cost for the new one is way more than you remember it was for your car. How... Read More

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