Beginning to See the Light (Check Engine Light Diagnostics)

October 24, 2021

It's a light many drivers fear they'll see turn on at the most inopportune time. It's the one on the dash that says "Check Engine," "Service Engine Soon," or it may be simply an engine-shaped light. Your first instinct may be to pull off to the side of the road and turn off the engine. The truth... More

Coolant Service at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Appleton

October 17, 2021

Appleton residents' vehicles have to operate in a wide range of Wisconsin temperatures which requires the engine coolant to be able to perform 'no matter what.' Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive...And all the while, it h... More

Bad Vibes (Disc brake rotor problems)

October 10, 2021

If you were to name the most important safety feature on your vehicle right now, what would your answer be? A lot of driving experts would agree that its your brakes. Most newer vehicles use a well-engineered and efficient style of brakes called disc brakes. The name disc brakes comes from one ... More

See the Light (Automatic High Beam Dimmers)

October 3, 2021

It's happened to all of us. We're driving down a highway at night and over a crest appears a car with its high beams blazing. You are momentarily blinded, hoping the other driver will switch them to their low beam setting and restore your vision. Not only do we not appreciate being blinded, fac... More

Tracking True in Appleton: Wheel Alignment

September 26, 2021

At Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Appleton, we occasionally see severe tire damage that could have been prevented with proper wheel alignment. During a Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Appleton alignment service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension... More

Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

September 19, 2021

Recalls are pretty serious for Appleton residents and don't happen all that often. But sometimes cars have less serious problems that Appleton residents still might want to know about. For these less serious cases, the vehicle manufacturer issues what is known as a Technical Service Bulletin or ... More

Steer Clear of Power Steering Problems (Power Steering Maintenance)

September 12, 2021

We usually take our vehicle's easy steering for granted until something goes wrong. Power steering is what makes it almost effortless to turn the steering wheel, aiming your vehicle in the direction you want to go. Without the assistance of power from the engine, steering would be a laborious pr... More

The Red Menace (How to Deal with Rust)

September 5, 2021

Rust. It's worse if you drive in places that use salt on the roads in winter, or if you spend time driving near a body of salt water. But any vehicle has to deal with rust after years on the road. And it's not just that rust can eat away your vehicle's body and fenders. It can be a real probl... More

A Real "Pane" (Window Maintenance and Repair)

August 29, 2021

It's pretty frustrating when your driver's window won't work. You can't get your food at the drive-thru without opening the door, have a tough time using the ATM from your vehicle, can't have that fresh breeze blowing through your hair as you listen to your favorite road tunes. Plus, there's a s... More

QUIET TIME (Listening for Vehicle Problems)

August 22, 2021

Everybody's got friends like this. You know, the kind who, the minute they get in their vehicle and turn the key, the sound system is deafening. They just love to hear that music, sports, news anything but the sound of the vehicle itself. And maybe you're that person, too. Here's something to ... More