Wired! (Battery Cable Service)

May 26, 2024

Colder weather brings out the worst in a vehicle's battery. On a very cold day, you may have experienced that your engine cranks slowly when starting. But while it may be the battery itself, it may also be the parts that transfer the power to other the other electrical components, the battery c... More

Timing is Everything (Timing Belt)

May 19, 2024

Talk about exquisite choreography; it happens under the hood of your vehicle every time you take a drive. Your engines many complex parts must work exactly together. One key is a part called a timing belt, which enables the synchronizing of two of your engines components, the camshaft, and the ... More

Not-So-Common Sense (Sensor Failures)

May 12, 2024

So your vehicle won't start. What's the first thing that comes to mind? Battery dead? Starter motor worn out? Out of gas? Well, those are all reasons that make sense. But your vehicle may be refusing to start because one of its computers is being warned that to do so might damage it. Here's ... More

TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring for Your Clermont Vehicle

May 5, 2024

Clermont drivers may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in Florida come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around the Clermont area have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system called TPMS consists of sens... More

What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

April 28, 2024

With front-wheel drive being so common these days in Clermont, Florida, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Clermont drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy North Clermont: Timing Belt Overview

April 21, 2024

In your engine, valves over each combustion chamber open to allow fresh air in, close during the combustion event, and then other valves open to let out the exhaust. All of this happens over and over thousands of times a minute when you are driving around Clermont. The timing belts important job ... More

When Your Air Bag Light Comes On (Illuminated Air Bag Light)

April 14, 2024

There are some dashboard lights you should pay more attention to than others. One is the air bag light. If it's on and your vehicle is in an accident, your air bags probably won't do their job. Automakers began installing air bags in the late 1990's since they were mandatory in the United State... More

Greeted by a Screech (Loud Noise when Starting Vehicle)

April 7, 2024

No one likes to be greeted in the morning by having someone screech at you. The same goes for a loud, high-pitched noise your vehicle greets you with every time you start the engine. If you're wondering if that's normal, no, it isn't. And it is worth getting checked out. The good news is that... More

Heat and your Tires (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)

March 31, 2024

With hotter weather and brutal heat waves becoming more common, the pressure in your vehicle's tires goes up. After all, heat causes air to expand, and the air in your tires follows the laws of physics. Overinflated tires can reduce your vehicle's traction, cause a hard, punishing ride and make ... More

Put the Brakes On! (Brake Caliper Replacement)

March 24, 2024

Keeping your vehicle's brakes in top shape is one of the most important things you can do for your safety and those on the road with you. Most drivers know a little about brake pads and rotors but maybe not so much about another brake component called the calipers. Disc brakes work by a mechanica... More