Car Care Tips

Smooth Shifting in Charlotte, North Carolina: Transmission Service

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... Read More

PCV Valve: What Is It?

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... Read More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Charlotte (Tryon St): Brake Noise

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... Read More

Line Them Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Tuffy Charlotte (Tryon St)

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... Read More

Time for Differential Service at Tuffy Charlotte (Tryon St)?

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... Read More

Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

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... Read More

When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

  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... Read More

Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

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 ... Read More

Engine Air Filter from Tuffy Charlotte (Tryon St)

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... Read More

Fall and Spring Inspection at Tuffy Charlotte (Tryon St)

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... Read More

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