Give it the Boot (Ball Joint Boot Replacement)

October 17, 2021

Your vehicle may be wearing boots right now and you might not even know it. They're called ball joint boots. They're actually protective, flexible things that protect parts of your suspension (called ball joints) from all the hazards the road can fling at them. If one of those ball joint boots... More

What's in a Number? (What Tire Numbers Mean)

October 10, 2021

You've probably never paid much attention to the writing on the sides of your tires, but they contain a wealth of information. There's a long combination of letters and numbers that can tell you a whole lot about what tires your vehicle was designed to be riding on. Let's check out this example... More

Idle Talk about Engines (Causes of Rough Engine Idling)

October 3, 2021

When you slow down at stoplight, your vehicle's idle should be smooth as silk. But what happens when the engine is missing or idling roughly? That's your engine's way of telling you, "Hey, I've got something wrong with me and if you don't get someone to find out what it is, I may not start the n... More

Losing Your Spark (Spark Plug Replacement)

September 26, 2021

When's the last time you thought about spark plugs? You probably don't remember. That's because spark plugs usually last a long time and don't need much attention. But they don't last forever, and when they start going bad, they'll send you a few clues. Vehicle is hard to start. Fuel economy ... More

The Easy Way to Save Cash in Loves Park

September 19, 2021

The hottest Illinois news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again the price of gas in Loves Park. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in Loves Park ca... More

Cruisin' on Down Main Street

September 12, 2021

When automakers first came out with cruise control, it was a real luxury item. The older cruise controls used a mechanical vacuum system but it worked. Well, some of the time. Now days, cruise control is all electronic, thanks to computers. It's reliable and a real convenience on long trips. ... More

Automotive Tips from Tuffy Rockford: Air Conditioning Inspection

September 5, 2021

Most auto manufacturers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The inspection uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.Environmental laws in some around Loves Park require leaks to be repaired before refrigerant can be added. Also som... More

Low Power Mystery (Ignition Coil Service)

August 29, 2021

It's no fun when your vehicle just doesn't run the way it used to. You may notice (especially in cold weather) the engine won't start easily or when it does start, it doesn't run smoothly. It may not have much power at all. You also may have had to stop at the gas station more often, a sign you... More

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

August 22, 2021

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

Lean Times (Shocks and Springs)

August 15, 2021

You may have noticed your vehicle going through lean times. By that, we mean it's literally leaning to one side. When you notice that, you should get it checked out at your service facility soon because you could have a serious problem. Many things can cause a vehicle to lean. You may have pro... More