So you have some exciting plans for the weekend. You're going to take some of your friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, you've gotten the boat all ready. And you haven't forgotten about your tow vehicle. You've gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. However, there i...
Posted in Timing Belt
on April 14, 2019
Most Charlotte drivers know something about preventive maintenance on a vehicle. We know we should routinely replace the oil and wiper blades and other fluids. But have you heard of a PCV valve ? This little car part needs to be replaced regularly or it can cause some serious problems in your veh...
Posted in Exhaust
on April 07, 2019
Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car when driving in Charlotte. They eventually wear down.When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are e...
Posted in Older Vehicles
on March 31, 2019
Hello Charlotte! Let's talk about alignment. One of the most important parts of preventive maintenance for your vehicle is keeping the wheels in alignment. Poor alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly, which can significantly reduce their lifespan. This means you will have to repla...
Posted in Automotive News
on March 24, 2019
Hello Charlotte - 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 y...
Posted in Drive Train
on March 17, 2019
Bad air quality while you're driving around Charlotte is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.These filters clean the air in the passe...
Posted in Suspension
on March 10, 2019
Hey Charlotte area drivers, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our North Carolina streets? How can you tell on your vehicle?While there may be legal requirements for the Charlotte area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates.Two-thi...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on March 03, 2019
At Tuffy Charlotte (Tryon St) we've had a lot of Charlotte customers asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years in North Carolina. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And ...
Posted in Maintenance
on February 24, 2019
Many Charlotte drivers have found themselves in the following situation: They go to get their oil changed and their friendly service advisor at Tuffy Charlotte (Tryon St) recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don't know what an air filter is or what it does.If this has h...
Posted in Fuel System
on February 17, 2019
Good vehicle care for us Charlotte residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required differ...
Posted in Maintenance
on February 10, 2019