When You Hear the Crash in Plainfield: What to Do After an Accident

October 7, 2018

Motorists in North America drive about 3 trillion miles/4.8 trillion kilometers every year. There are over 250+ million licensed drivers, and approximately 6.2 million accidents happen every year. Unfortunately, if we're going to drive vehicles, there are going to be accidents. Knowing what to do... More

Combustion Choreography: Timing Belt Replacement at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Plainfield in Plainfield

September 30, 2018

Have you ever seen a ballet performance? Have you wondered how all of those dancers manage to travel all over the stage jumping and twirling and never crash into each other? That's the job of a choreographer.Our auto engines are also highly choreographed. Pistons travel up and down inside cylinde... More

Tire Tread Depth for Plainfield, Illinois Drivers

September 24, 2018

Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out.The Feds don't have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider 2/32 of an inch to be the minimum legal tread de... More

Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your Plainfield Vehicle

September 17, 2018

Imagine you've left Plainfield 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 yo... More

Fuel for Thought

September 9, 2018

If you're like most people and drive a gasoline-powered vehicle, you need to be up to speed on its fuel-related components. They're pretty basic: the fuel, the fuel filter and the fuel pump. The fuel's the easy part. You probably gas up your vehicle yourself and, if you're like most drivers, pr... More

Gear Up: Transmission Service at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Plainfield in Plainfield

September 2, 2018

The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling faster. If you have a standard transmission, then you have to do the work of shift... More

Defensive Driving in Plainfield, Illinois

August 26, 2018

There was a man in the Plainfield 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 Illinois highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close t... More

A Cold Day in Plainfield – Air Conditioning Service at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Plainfield

August 20, 2018

Most Plainfield drivers worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy Illinois highway, but don't worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown on the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during Plainfield rush hour, but so can a long... More

Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Plainfield Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

August 13, 2018

Plainfield residents often ask the question: "Will using premium gas make my car run better?" The answer is simple. But first, let's talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and pr... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Plainfield: Serpentine Belt System Wear

August 6, 2018

The primary job of the serpentine belt for Plainfield drivers is to provide important traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesnt spin fast enough, the battery will not com... More