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Stay Safe At Halloween

October 3rd, 2015
auto repair in Columbus, OHThe days are getting shorter, before long there will be a snap in the air, and the next thing you know it’ll be time for trick-or-treaters to be prowling the streets at the end of October. Things are different from a generation ago, when kids went free-range and unsupervised on Halloween; today, trick-or-treaters usually have a parent in charge on their house-to-house rounds.  One thing hasn’t changed, though…kids have one goal at Halloween, and that is to accumulate as many sweets and treats as possible, as quickly as possible. That means they may not be completely aware of their surroundings, and that’s where it’s up to you, the driver, to use extra caution. At Boyd’s Tire & Service Center in Columbus, OH, we’d like to offer a few auto repair suggestions:&nbs ...[more]
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How To Update Your Auto Repair Routine

September 30th, 2015
Time has a way of sneaking up on everyone, and so does mileage on a vehicle. If you have a long commute or regularly put lengthy interstate trips on your car, you can easily rack up 15-18,000 miles a year. Even though today’s cars don’t need as much maintenance as cars from a generation ago, it’s still something you can’t neglect. Here’s a reminder of some important milestones for service on your vehicle: 
• Check tire inflation
• Check oil and transmission fluid levels
• Check all lights
• Check windshield washer fluid
Every 5,000 Miles
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Are All-Season Tires Really All-Season?

September 11th, 2015
We frequently get questions about all-season tires when consumers are trying to make the right purchasing decision for  a set of new tires. As the title of the blog asks…”are all-season tires really all-season?”
The answer is: it that depends on what part of the country you’re living in.
All-season tires are a compromise from the very start. They’re designed for a forgiving ride, low noise, decent handling and good road manners. Maybe not as much as what a good set of grand touring tires can deliver, but pretty respectable…and also with an aggressive tread pattern which 
channels water away from the tire’ ...[more]
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Mark Auto Repair off Your Back-To-School To-Do List

August 27th, 2015
The kids are going to be headed off to school again before you know it, and then of course, the holidays will start coming one after another between Labor Day and the end of the year. There’s a lot to stay on top of, and auto repair should be one less thing for you, the grownup, to worry about as the year marches on. Here are some suggestions for things you might want to take care of before it all starts rolling again: 
• Oil Change – Can’t remember the date of your last oil change? Then it might be a good idea to go ahead and set up another one. Dirty motor oil is so loaded with carbon and other contaminants it will begin to form sludgy carbon deposits on internal engine assemblies and moving parts. 
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Is It Time To Replace Your Muffler?

August 14th, 2015
Muffler Repair in Marysville, OHSo one day you get in your car, turn the key and hear a sound that’s more like a NASCAR stock car, a small plane, a farm tractor or something worse. Or, you notice the sickly-sweet smell of exhaust when you’re stopped at a stoplight. 
Those are the two surefire signs that you need a muffler. The first is annoying, but the second can be downright dangerous…you should never be able to actually smell your car’s exhaust from inside the passenger compartment, and that smell means that emissions are making their way into your car. Drivers in Marysville, OH know that rust goes along with the salty slush you find on roads in the winter, and one of rust’s favorite targets is your car’s exhaust system. Mufflers, catalytic converters, hangers, pipes and othe ...[more]
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Should You Mix Tires?

August 14th, 2015
Tires in Marysville, OHThink about how weird and awkward it would feel to go around wearing a sneaker on your right foot, and a dress shoe on your left. That’s sort of what it’s like to mix-and-match tires on your vehicle. A set of four tires is designed to work together; the rubber formulation, internal construction and tread design of the tires is intended to keep your vehicle in a specific envelope of traction, handling, ride quality and drivability. Going to a different tire or pair of tires, even if they’re the same class (i.e. all-season, touring, etc) can result in “squirrelly”, unstable handling, ride quality and performance. That can be much more pronounced if you mix, say, winter tires with touring tires – each class of tire is designed with drastically different traction and handling properties. Mixing dif ...[more]
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Do Your Homework on Tire Safety

August 13th, 2015
We see it all the time…people tend to not think about their tires until something goes wrong. Sometimes, this can mean sitting on the side of the road waiting for help, and other times it can mean more serious consequences. Here are a few things to remember for tire safety as the summer winds down and back-to-school season starts.

Check your tire pressure regularly. This one is really important. Your car’s tires will lose air through the valve over time, and an underinflated tire will hurt fuel economy due to added rolling resistance. Low tires also affect handling and will generate enough heat that they can shorten the tire’s lifespan. Get a quality tire gauge (the dial type, not the pencil type) ...[more]
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The History of Tires You Won't Believe

August 12th, 2015
tires in Westerville, OHPresident Harry S Truman once said, “The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.” With that in mind, here at Boyd’s Tire & Service Center, we thought we’d bring you up to speed on a few fun facts about tires you may not have heard before.
  • Everyone tends to think of tires as being round and black…but black is not the natural color of tires. The zinc oxide in early tire tread compounds resulted in a grayish-white color; it wasn’t until years later that carbon black was added to tread formulations. Carbon black enhances wear and durability, and conducts heat away from the tire’s internal structure. Early tires only had carbon black in the tread area, hence the first whitewall tires. Today, whitewalls and white-letter tir ...[more]
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Great Cars for Any Teen Driver

August 10th, 2015
auto repair in Westerville, OHFor teenagers and young drivers, learning to drive is a rite of passage, but it’s also a big, big responsibility…and as everyone knows, responsibility isn’t always something that’s at the front of a teenager’s mind. 
There are several considerations to keep in mind when shopping for a car for a young driver. Reliability and low auto repair bills are important, but safety is even more of a priority – and that doesn’t mean just crash protection. It means finding a vehicle that has stable, predictable handling and control, and doesn’t have so much power that a teenager will be tempted to stomp the gas pedal and get into trouble (or have the car get away from him/her). 
While getting behin ...[more]
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Seven Things You Need To Know About Tires

July 31st, 2015

We often see customers who are a little overwhelmed by the tire buying process. There are so many types of tires for different vehicles and different driving styles, all at different price points. Here are a few things every driver needs to know about tires:

·   A tire is constructed from the inside out, starting at the inner liner. There are 20 to 25 different components in every tire; fabric belts are wrapped around the inner liner, with steel belts, more fabric belts and other materials layered between the tread surface and the inner liner. These layers provide strength, noise suppression and ride quality.

·   Newer low-profile tires are popular with many drivers, if only for aesthetic/style reasons. It’s important to know low-prof ...[more]

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