Stopping "Brake" Downs (Brake Pad Replacement)

June 16, 2024

If someone tells you to put the brakes on something, you know it means stop. And stopping is one of the most important safety maneuvers you can do in any vehicle. That means your brakes have to work properly. Let's face it. You stop dozens of times every time you drive. And over time, that t... More

What's in a Number? (What Tire Numbers Mean)

June 9, 2024

You've probably never paid much attention to the writing on the sides of your tires, but they contain a wealth of information. There's a long combination of letters and numbers that can tell you a whole lot about what tires your vehicle was designed to be riding on. Let's check out this example... More

The Power Behind your Engine (Alternator Diagnosis and Repair)

June 2, 2024

There's nothing like that sinking feeling when you turn the key and nothing happens in your vehicle. A lot of us are quick to blame the battery. But it may instead be your alternator that's failing. Your battery supplies power to start your vehicle, but the alternator is what sends power when y... More

Defensive Driving in Elyria, Ohio

May 26, 2024

There was a man in the Elyria area who learned that most car accidents occur within a mile of home so he moved. (Just kidding!)When we think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local Ohio highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to home in Elyri... More

Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your Elyria Vehicle

May 19, 2024

Imagine you've left Elyria and you're up in the arctic on a dog sled.Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground quickly. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side.That would slow you down. You... More

Clean Slate (Protecting Vehicle's Finish)

May 12, 2024

Winter is one of the hardest times to keep your vehicle clean. But did you know neglecting to wash your vehicle in winter could cost you a significant amount of money in the long run? Here's why. Many areas deal with snow and ice in the winter, and the salt and sand that are used to keep the road... More

Diagnosing Your Vehicle at Tuffy Elyria (Cleveland St) in Elyria

May 5, 2024

When we Elyria residents get a car repair bill, we really shouldn't be surprised to find diagnostic fees as one of the line items. When we get a computer fixed, there is usually a charge for the time it takes to diagnose the problem. When we go to a medical doctor, most of his fee is for his abil... More

A Honking Big Jam (Stuck Horn)

April 28, 2024

At one time or another, most drivers honk their horn at someone who might be texting at a stoplight or not paying attention when they're driving. But what happens when you tap on your horn and all of a sudden it won't quit? Everyone's looking at you like you're an angry jerk and all you want to ... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Elyria (Cleveland St): Causes of Wheel Misalignment

April 21, 2024

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. Elyria drivers often associate our wheels being knocked out of alignment with an event like a major crash, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. Whi... More

Your Vehicle's Hissy Fit (AC System)

April 14, 2024

When you hear hissing sounds coming from your vehicle, you might start thinking the worst. One type of hissing coming from around your air conditioner may be a normal sound, or it could be a sign of serious trouble. First - the normal sound. When you turn off your vehicle, the refrigerant goes... More