Taking the Heat (Heater Hose Maintenance/Repair)

January 22, 2023

If you have an internal combustion vehicle, you know it has a lot of hoses that carry various fluids. And if you have a heater in your vehicle, you'll have heater hoses. A heater hose connects to and from the engine so some coolant can be circulated through a little radiator called a heater core... More

If You Drive Like a Maniac (Aggressive Driving is Bad for a Vehicle)

January 15, 2023

When someone mentions driving like a maniac, they're not talking about you, surely? Besides the safety issues of aggressive driving, you should know that your vehicle will last a lot longer if you'll just mellow out a little. Here are four traits good drivers follow if they want their vehicles t... More

Cool Running (Water Pump)

January 8, 2023

Your vehicle is like you in a way. When it gets hot, it needs to be cooled down. And one of the key parts to keeping it cool is the water pump. Now, that's a bit of a misnomer. It IS a pump, but it's pumping coolant, not pure water. Cooling off your engine is vital since it builds up heat whe... More

See the Light (Automatic High Beam Dimmers)

January 1, 2023

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

Plugging Away (Spark Plug Replacement)

December 25, 2022

If you drive a vehicle with a gasoline engine, thank the spark plugs for igniting the gasoline/air mixture in each cylinder that keeps your vehicle traveling smoothly down the road every day. Your spark plugs work hard, firing thousands of times in a well-choreographed order, and you usually don... More

Wheel Balancing at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Columbus

December 18, 2022

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? Columbus drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on Ohio roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibr... More

The Last Gas (Fuel Pump Replacement).

December 11, 2022

You're heading down the road and you notice your vehicle is sputtering, like it's running out of gas. But the gauge show's it's still got a quarter of a tank. So what gives? It could be that your fuel pump is failing, meaning your engine is not getting enough gas to run properly. While fuel pu... More

Stuck! (Vehicle Door Issues)

December 4, 2022

This may have happened to you. You drive somewhere and get out of your vehicle only to try closing the door and it just won't stay closed! What a helpless feeling. You can't lock it; you can't leave it like it is. Or, let's say you head down to your vehicle to head out to work in the morning a... More

Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Columbus Alternator Replacement Service in Columbus

November 27, 2022

Your vehicle alternator doesn't get enough credit. Though your battery gets your engine started, after that it's all about the alternator. Driving around Columbus is a lot of work for your alternator, and as upgrades such as heated steering wheels, cooled seats, stability control and lane dep... More

Some New Boots (Suspension Maintenance)

November 20, 2022

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