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...
Posted in Older Vehicles
on July 05, 2020
If you've ever gotten in an unfamiliar vehicle, maybe a rental car, you may have pulled up to the gas pump and wondered, "Which side is the fuel filler on?" Here's a tip for you. There is usually a little arrow on the instrument panel near the fuel gauge that points to the side where the fuel fi...
Posted in Windshield Wipers
on June 28, 2020
Safe FL travel starts with preventive maintenance and good vehicle care at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Riverview. But there are other things Riverview residents can do to prepare for emergencies on the road. Here's some auto advice that can help you plan for emergencies, and just may save y...
Posted in Safety
on June 21, 2020
Riverview auto owners may know that most automotive failures in Riverview, FL, are tire related, but do you know the second most common cause of vehicle failure? Nope, it's not teenagers. It is the coolant system. But if you take good care of your vehicle coolant system, it will take good care o...
Posted in Cooling System
on June 14, 2020
The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Riverview drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more exp...
Posted in Timing Belt
on June 07, 2020
Most Riverview residents have experienced a flat tire. You know it's inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn't just a big safety issue for Riverview drivers it also has a financial impact. With high FL gas prices, we've all heard about the import...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on May 31, 2020
The primary job of the serpentine belt for Riverview 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 comp...
Posted in Serpentine Belt
on May 24, 2020
There was a man in the Riverview 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 FL highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to home in Rive...
Posted in Steering
on May 17, 2020
The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most Riverview residents realize. It contains everything from old-fashioned pipes and clamps to sophisticated computers and sensors. All FL folks know a properly functioning exhaust system is good for the environment, but sometimes we forget t...
Posted in Exhaust
on May 10, 2020
Repair or Replace? Thats a question Riverview drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch (6.4 mm) are considered too large to be safely repaired. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shou...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on May 03, 2020