I Had No Idea! (Four Things You Didn't Know About Vehicles)

October 24, 2021

Bet you didn't know: Some of the earliest rearview mirrors were marketed as "Cop Spotters" so drivers would know when police were following them. Who wants a ticket, anyway? According to eBay Motors, Elmer Berger first patented a rearview mirror that was mounted on the front fenders, on the spare... More

Take Charge! (Battery Testing)

October 17, 2021

OK, so you probably take your vehicle's battery for granted. Turn the key or push a button and it starts right up. During times of warmer weather, you probably think your battery can take it easy. But it may surprise you to learn that hot weather can be much harder on a vehicle's battery than ... More

A Stitch in Time at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Pflugerville

October 10, 2021

You probably have heard that expression, "A stitch in time saves nine." In other words, if you fix an issue at its early stages, it will prevent a much more difficult problem later. That's certainly the case with your vehicle, and here's a true story to demonstrate it. A driver noticed his vehicl... More

Objects in the Mirror (Rearview Mirror Safety and Maintenance)

October 3, 2021

You may remember a song that went, "Objects in the rearview mirror may appear closer than they are." While that was a song about life's lessons, there are a few things we should all know about how important rearview mirrors are to safe driving. While new electronic devices are helping drivers be ... More

It's Brake Time (Brake Calipers)

September 26, 2021

Race car drivers have demonstrated the advantages of disc brakes, so most modern vehicles use them. Sometimes just the front wheels have disc brakes, but many vehicles now have them all the way around. A major component of the disc brake is called a caliper. It works by squeezing brake pads ag... More

Losing Your Spark (Spark Plug Replacement)

September 19, 2021

When's the last time you thought about spark plugs? You probably don't remember. That's because spark plugs usually last a long time and don't need much attention. But they don't last forever, and when they start going bad, they'll send you a few clues. Vehicle is hard to start. Fuel economy ... More

Cool Breeze: Air Conditioning Service at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Pflugerville in Pflugerville

September 12, 2021

Most Texas auto owners know that their vehicles need regular preventive maintenance like changing the oil and filters, rotating the tires and refilling the washer fluid. But did you know that your air conditioning system needs routine maintenance as well? Taking care of your air conditioning sys... More

Don't be Fuelish (Signs Fuel Pump is Failing)

September 5, 2021

A driver of a large SUV loaded with equipment was heading on a 7-hour work trip when he stopped at a gas station to refuel. When he went to restart his SUV, it turned over but wouldn't catch. Try as he might, he was never able to get it started again. Of course there are many things that can c... More

Time for Differential Service at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Pflugerville?

August 29, 2021

Hello Pflugerville - let's talk differentials. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, your differential is on the back axle. With front-wheel drive cars, the differential is up front. All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles have three differentials - front, rear and in the middle. So you see... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Pflugerville: Wiper Blades ? Signs of Wear

August 22, 2021

90% of our driving decisions are based on vision. Anything that impedes your vision can affect your driving safety including a dirty windshield. In that sense, your wiper blades are an important safety system. Most Pflugerville drivers will wait until their wipers have failed before they replace... More