Automotive Tips from Tuffy Cape Coral: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

June 27, 2021

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Tuffy Cape Coral we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be repl... More

Emergency Items for Your vehicle

June 20, 2021

Local Cape Coral roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around Cape Coral... More

Charge It in Cape Coral for Extended Battery Life

June 13, 2021

Here's an interesting statistic for our in Cape Coral, Florida, drivers: Only 30 percent of car batteries make it to 48 months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from 51 months in extremely cold areas to just 30 months in extremely hot climates.Why is that? It turns out... More

Using Proper Fluids in Your vehicle

June 6, 2021

Today, Tuffy Cape Coral is writing about the proper fluids for your vehicle. It's become more complicated with changes in automotive design and manufacturing. It's not that people in Cape Coral are confused as much as they don't realize how much things have changed in recent years. If you have q... More

The Light Nobody Wants to See (Check Engine Light)

June 6, 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

A Stitch in Time at Tuffy Cape Coral

June 5, 2021

You probably have heard that expression, "A stitch in time saves nine." In other words, if you fix an issue at its early stages, it will prevent a much more difficult problem later. That's certainly the case with your vehicle, and here's a true story to demonstrate it. A driver noticed his vehicl... More

Fall and Spring Checkup in Cape Coral

June 4, 2021

When I was a kid, my dad always made sure he took the cars in for Spring and Fall checkups. I was telling a friend that it's about time to get into Tuffy Cape Coral for a checkup and he said that he read on the internet that modern cars don't need seasonal service.My friend is (technically) right... More

Growing Old Together (Maintaining an Older Vehicle)

June 3, 2021

More and more of us are hanging on to our vehicles longer. A company by the name of HIS Markit recently released a report that shows the average age of light vehicles in the U.S. is now 11.8 years. Light vehicles are cars, SUVs (sport utility vehicles) and CUVs (compact utility vehicles). In C... More

DOG FOOD IN YOUR ENGINE (Keeping Rodents out of your Engine)

June 2, 2021

A technician was telling us the other day that he was servicing an engine and spotted something he'd never seen before: A collection of dry dog food siting on a horizontal metal ledge near the base of the engine. It was neatly stashed and was in a spot where the food pellets couldn't have simply... More

How to Radiate Cool (Radiator Care)

June 1, 2021

There's nothing that radiates cool like a vehicle radiator that's helping to keep your engine running at the proper temperature. You don't have to baby it, but you can't simply ignore it, either. Let's take a quick dive under the hood to let you know what the radiator is doing. It takes the he... More