Refresh Your Brakes (Brake Fluid Exchange)

May 26, 2024

Brakes are one of your vehicle's most important safety components, and you may have noticed that they don't stop as surely as they used to. Maybe it takes you applying a little more pressure to them than before, or perhaps you get the feeling that they're not stopping you as quickly. Those could... More

A Clean Connection (Battery Cleaning)

May 19, 2024

A clean connection is a wonderful thing. Think of a good cell phone signal or an airline connection with ample time and short distance to the next gate. Good connections are also important for your vehicles battery, and one secret to that is to make sure its periodically cleaned. If its been a w... More

Got it Covered! (Timing Cover Maintenance)

May 12, 2024

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 say 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... More

New Life for Your Older Car in Plainfield

May 5, 2024

Isn't it amazing how much of our stuff is disposable these days? Clothes, electronics, housewares, furniture.Remember the days when Plainfield families mended their clothes, polished their shoes and neatly put away their toys every night? If something was lost or ruined through neglect, your pare... More

Round and Round (Wheel Balancing)

April 28, 2024

In a perfect world, all wheels and tires would be perfectly round and weigh exactly the same at every point of the wheel. Unfortunately, they're not, and if they're out of balance, they can reduce the lifespan of your tires, make your vehicle shake like a carnival ride, and maybe even damage a f... More

Oil Times are a-Changin' (Oil Change Synthetic)

April 21, 2024

When it comes to oil changes, things are really changing. Most newer vehicles require synthetic oil, and while it costs more than conventional oil, it doesn't need to be changed as often. When conventional oil was the only game in town, you changed your oil every 3,000 miles/5,000 km. But as tec... More

Positive Crankcase Ventilation ? PCV Valve Service at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Plainfield

April 14, 2024

Hello Plainfield! Did you know that the first federally-mandated emissions control device was introduced in the 1960's? The Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve, or PCV valve, has been installed in Illinois vehicles since 1964 and represents the first legislation by the United States government t... More

Emergency Items for Plainfield

April 7, 2024

Safe Illinois travel starts with preventive maintenance and good vehicle care at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Plainfield. But there are other things Plainfield residents can do to prepare for emergencies on the road. Here's some auto advice that can help you plan for emergencies, and just may save ... More

Cool Running (Water Pump)

April 1, 2024

Your vehicle is like you in a way. When it gets hot, it needs to be cooled down. And one of the key parts to keeping it cool is the water pump. Now, that's a bit of a misnomer. It IS a pump, but it's pumping coolant, not pure water. Cooling off your engine is vital since it builds up heat whe... More

What is a TPS? (Throttle Position Sensor)

March 24, 2024

You know you have an accelerator pedal; step on it and your vehicle is supposed to go. But did you know there is a part in your vehicle that keeps track of where the throttle is? It's called the Throttle Position Sensor, or TPS. The TPS is a sensor that helps your vehicle figure out the right mi... More