QUIET TIME (Listening for Vehicle Problems)

February 28, 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

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Powell: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

February 21, 2021

Repair or Replace? Thats a question Powell 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 shoulde... More

Why Wheel Balancing and Tire Rotation Save You Money on Tires

February 14, 2021

Powell drivers want their tires to last as long as possible. Two ways to extend tire life are wheel balancing and tire rotation.When wheels are out of balance, they wobble and vibrate. That makes the tires wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance you'll feel it in the steerin... More

Muffler: Victim of Winter (Muffler Repair)

February 7, 2021

So you almost got through the winter until, one day, your muffler started sounding like a dragster, loud and obnoxious. It's not surprising. All that road salt and brine can cause rust to punch holes in a muffler, and that should raise a big, red warning flag about the safety of your vehicle. O... More

Breathe Free in Powell: Cabin Air Filter Replacement at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Powell

January 31, 2021

There are a lot of new features, both optional and standard, on Powell drivers' vehicles these days. One you may not have heard of is called a cabin air filter. Simply put, its job is to keep the air in the passenger compartment of your car nice and clean.A cabin air filter is similar to the fil... More

Some New Boots (Suspension Maintenance)

January 24, 2021

There are some boots that don't come in a shoe box and aren't worn on your feet. They are called axle or CV boots, and they can be important parts for many vehicles. That CV stands for constant velocity. CV axles are mainly used in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. They're also us... More

The Light Nobody Wants to See (Check Engine Light)

January 17, 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

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in Powell

January 10, 2021

Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Powell area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get f... More

Time for a Brake (Brake Pad Replacement)

January 3, 2021

Stop! It's one of those things your vehicle has to do consistently and reliably. That's why brake maintenance is vitally important, worthwhile for you to make sure stays up to date. A brake system has many components. If your vehicle has disc brakes, they have pads that make contact with the rot... More

Cold Weather Vehicle No-Nos (Items to Avoid Storing in a Freezing Vehicle)

January 1, 2021

It's always easier to leave a few things in your vehicle so you'll have them on hand. But in cold weather, while it's a good idea to carry items such as a phone charger, blanket and shovel, there are some things you shouldn't store in your vehicle. Medicines and drugs. Cold temperatures can af... More