How Tired Are Your Tires? (Tire replacement)

June 19, 2022

Of the things you think about most, your tires are probably pretty far down the list. Thats understandable because todays tires are engineered to do their job without needing you to pay too much attention to them. But they DO wear out, and worn tires can contribute to skidding in bad weather, not... More

The Power Behind your Engine (Alternator Diagnosis and Repair)

June 12, 2022

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

Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Plainfield and the Maintenance Mindset

June 5, 2022

When it comes to their vehicles, some Plainfield residents don't have a maintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. Plainfield drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance bu... More

Keeping Your Plainfield Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

May 29, 2022

Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter? A. A filter for your Plainfield house?B. A fresh, piney scent?C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it's C.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters out c... More

It Wears on You (Tire Rotation)

May 22, 2022

If someone told you there was a fairly inexpensive way to improve your vehicle's handling, fuel economy and extend the life of your tires, you'd probably ask, "What do I have to do?" The answer is to rotate your tires. But you have to do it regularly. A lot of drivers think skipping tire rotatio... More

The Sign of the Shield (Heat Shield Repair and Replacement)

May 17, 2022

Even in the months where temperatures are cooler, heat is still an enemy of your vehicle. When your engine runs, it creates heat, so there are numerous heat shields that protect other parts from those higher temperatures. Heat shields are installed around several areas of the exhaust system. Ot... More

Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

May 8, 2022

Oil changes are probably the most recognized service on a vehicle. Almost all Plainfield residents know about them. But do we know enough?Several decades ago, oil changes were fairly standard: every three months or 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But recent advances in both engine technology an... More

Lean Times (Shocks and Springs)

May 1, 2022

You may have noticed your vehicle going through lean times. By that, we mean it's literally leaning to one side. When you notice that, you should get it checked out at your service facility soon because you could have a serious problem. Many things can cause a vehicle to lean. You may have pro... More

Have a Ball! Know your Ball Joints (Ball Joints)

April 24, 2022

We all have joints in our own skeletal system, but did you know your vehicle has some joints of its own? One of the most important is called a ball joint. One of the interesting things is that it's somewhat similar to the ball and socket joints we have in our hips and shoulders. A ball joint all... More

Tire Rotation and Balancing at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Plainfield in Plainfield

April 17, 2022

Tires do a lot of work for Plainfield drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around Plainfield. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passenger... More