The Light Nobody Wants to See (Check Engine Light)

July 25, 2021

You've probably had your Check Engine Light go on. Then it goes off and you figure, hey, whatever the problem was, it's gone now and I don't have to worry about it. Well, the problem may have gone away and it may not have. Your vehicle likely has one of these warning lights on the instrument pa... More

Cool Running (Water Pump)

July 18, 2021

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

Are There Blind Spots in Batavia?

July 11, 2021

All Batavia drivers have blind spots and no, I'm not talking about the fact that you really don't sing like Adele. I mean the areas of the road that you can't see when you're driving around Batavia.First let's talk about our own blinds spots, and then we can talk about others...To begin, we can... More

A Honking Big Jam (Stuck Horn)

July 4, 2021

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

Shake It up in Batavia!: Why Wheel Balancing

June 27, 2021

Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, we generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to achieve this is to keep a vehicle's wheels in balance. When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, it is usually out of balance... More

New Life for Your Older Car in Batavia

June 20, 2021

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

Transmission Service at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Batavia in Batavia

June 13, 2021

Let's talk about transmission service. It can be easy for Batavia drivers to forget about getting their transmission serviced because it doesn't need it very often. It's easier for people in Illinois to remember to change the engine oil - you know, every 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But prope... More

Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Batavia: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

June 6, 2021

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on Batavia streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas tha... More

The Vivacious Vernal Vehicle (Preparing Vehicle for Spring)

May 30, 2021

Most of us look forward to spring because the days are longer, the weather's warmer and we can finally get our vehicles into warm weather mode. Here are a few things that will breathe fresh energy into anyone's car, SUV, truck or van. First thing is a good cleaning, especially underneath. If you... More

The Right Oil for the Season (Engine Oil Viscosity)

May 23, 2021

As the temperatures plunge, certain types of engine oil may not flow as easily as they did when it was warmer. Makes sense, doesn't it? Just like molasses gets thicker as the temperature goes down, engine oil does the same thing. So, maybe you're wondering if you have to change your oil as the s... More