There's a lot of auto advice in Illinois right now on how to save money on gas. Some of it is good advice. Some of it isn't. Some of it is myth. And it may well be a scam. Plain and simple. When someone offers you a product designed to save money on gas, ask yourself, “Does this sound too good to...
Posted in Fuel System
on August 18, 2019
Today we're going to talk about on-board diagnostics and the questions we hear from folks around Joliet, Illinois, who need answers about diagnostic services. They want to know what diagnostics are, what's involved a...
Posted in Service Standards
on August 11, 2019
Power steering is standard on nearly every vehicle in Joliet, Illinois, these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that's driven by...
Posted in Steering
on August 04, 2019
Hello Joliet! 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 to re...
Posted in Exhaust
on July 28, 2019
When we Joliet 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 ab...
Posted in Diagnostics
on July 21, 2019
If you've ever been in a vehicle accident around Joliet, Illinois, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what you should do in case of an ac...
Posted in Windshield Wipers
on July 14, 2019
Welcome to the Tuffy Joliet (South Plainfield) automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear.
Let's focus on stopping in wet Joliet conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the r...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on July 07, 2019
During an inspection at Tuffy Joliet (South Plainfield) in Joliet, your friendly and knowledgeable automotive service technician will check for worn, broken or missing parts.
Here's a quick rundown of suspension sys...
Posted in Shocks & Struts
on June 30, 2019
Recently, Nissan introduced the latest version of its Leaf, the company's electric car. It has many new features, including something called e-Pedal. It allows the driver to let up on the accelerator and, unlike a gasoline engine car, the Leaf doesn't just slowly lose speed; letting off the throt...
Posted in Did You Know
on June 23, 2019
Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and Joliet drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. Illinois drivers ran out an...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on June 16, 2019