Fears and Gears (Signs of Automatic Transmission Problems)

September 26, 2021

Automatic transmissions rule. The old days of shifting your own gears are a thing of the past for most drivers. But automatic transmission trouble can be a big inconvenience for any driver if it comes at the wrong time in the wrong place. Here are some signs to look out for that may mean you ar... More

Ask Tuffy Jacksonville: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

January 3, 2021

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which co... More

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in Jacksonville

August 23, 2020

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the c... More

A Cool and Smooth Transmission in Jacksonville

August 14, 2020

When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us Jacksonville drivers remember to get our oil changed. But services that occur at longer intervals like transmission service sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is part of car care. A poorly maintained transmissi... More

The Tuffy Jacksonville Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

June 23, 2020

Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of Jacksonville drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in Jacksonville. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift fo... More

Transmission Service at Tuffy Jacksonville in Jacksonville

September 15, 2019

Let's talk about transmission service. It can be easy for Jacksonville drivers to forget about getting their transmission serviced because it doesn't need it very often. It's easier for people in Florida to remember to change the engine oil - you know, every 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But p... More

Smooth Shifting in Jacksonville, Florida: Transmission Service

June 2, 2019

So you have some exciting plans for the weekend. You're going to take some of your friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, you've gotten the boat all ready. And you haven't forgotten about your tow vehicle. You've gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. However, there is somethi... More

Jacksonville Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

February 6, 2018

Any Jacksonville driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that if it ain't broke, don't fix it is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for Jacksonville residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example o... More

Combustion Choreography: Timing Belt Replacement at Tuffy Jacksonville in Jacksonville

November 28, 2017

Have you ever seen a ballet performance? Have you wondered how all of those dancers manage to travel all over the stage jumping and twirling and never crash into each other? That's the job of a choreographer.Our auto engines are also highly choreographed. Pistons travel up and down inside cylinde... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Jacksonville: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

October 4, 2017

The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around Jacksonville.An old timing belt can lose a tooth in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timin... More