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So…Many…Kinds…of Tires

October 27th, 2016

Different Types of TiresEver think about all the different vehicles that use rubber tires? Tractors, industrial equipment, everything else that rolls on rubber?

Each specialized type of tire requires a specialized design for its specific purpose. Aircraft tires, for instance, have to be very robust and handle a great deal of weight and stress, but for only a short period of time. Aircraft tires are often filled with an inert gas such as nitrogen, for more stable inflation levels, and are designed with specialized fusible plugs which provide a safer failure mode (rather than a sudden, catastrophic tire explosion).  

Off-the-road tires, for vehicles such as graders or mining equipment, operate at low speeds but have to be able to withstand severe service conditions while h ...[more]

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Make Sure Your Car's Ready For Winter!

October 14th, 2016

You know that winter and bad weather are coming. Is your car ready? Here’s a quick checklist of things to get up to speed on:

Motor oil: Motor oil has a tendency to thicken in cold weather, making it harder to circulate to upper engine parts at startup. If you haven’t ever used synthetic oil Driving in the Winterbefore, this might be a good time to start. The flow properties of synthetic oil are a lot more consistent, meaning it doesn’t thicken in sub-freezing temperatures or thin out when it’s hot outside.

Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers only last about a year. If your wipers are showing cracks or chips or losing strips of rubber, go ahead and replace them. Don’t forget to refill your washer fluid reservoir…you’ ...[more]

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Why Is Cooling System Maintenance So Important in Winter?

October 2nd, 2016
Your coolant helps prevent boilover in hot weather. So why is it so important in the winter?
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Why Are My Brakes Making Noise?

September 29th, 2016
It's irritating and a little embarrassing...you step on the brakes and there's an awful noise. Does it mean you need brake work? Not always.
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No Spare Tire?

September 29th, 2016
Believe it or not, many new vehicles come without a spare tire. Manufacturers have a few different reasons for that, including weight savings, space efficiency, Tires Ohioand cost. When you're stuck by the side of the road, though, none of that really matters much, does it? 
Instead, these vehicles come equipped with an inflation kit and/or a can of sealant. 
Sealant is a gooey substance in an aerosol can that's designed to coat the inside of the tire due to centrifugal force once you get rolling again, hopefully sealing the puncture. These products, such as Fix-A-Flat, have been on the market for decades and tend to work pretty well on a minor puncture. They're not a permanent fix, however. Your speed should be limited after usin ...[more]
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Things To Look For When Buying a Used Car

September 15th, 2016
Buying a used car is somewhat less of a crapshoot than it was at one time. You can get detailed information on a vehicle's history via the CARFAX report, and a Auto Repair Ohiotechnician can use onboard diagnostics to get a good picture of what's going on under the hood and what problems might be coming up. 
It's always a good idea to get a mechanic to look over any prospective purchase, but there are things you can get a look at yourself before you spend the money for a professional inspection. These are things which will give you a pretty good idea of the kind of use and maintenance a vehicle has seen before you got it. 
-- Put your head against a fender and sight down the side of the vehicle with one eye. Look out for ripple ...[more]
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Which Type of Tire Tread Do You Need?

August 25th, 2016
There are so many tire designs on the road -- all-season, high performance, touring, light truck -- and even within a specific tire design, there may be several Different types of tire treadchoices of tread patterns. What differentiates them, and what are the pros and cons of each tread design? 
-- Directional tread has a pattern of grooves and chevron shapes, all pointed in one direction. This design makes it easy to direct water away from the tire's contact patch and prevent hydroplaning in wet weather, and also offers low noise and great road manners. The directional design means tires can only be rotated front-to-rear and not side-to-side or diagonally. 
-- Symmetrical tread patterns feature grooves or herringbone designs that a ...[more]
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Tips On How To Keep Your Car Organized!

August 11th, 2016
For some, the idea of an "organized car" is almost blasphemous, but having your vehicle set up so you can actually find things can be pretty nice. The bigger the vehicle -- minivans, SUVs -- and the more people they haul, the more disorganized they can get. Don't let your minivan turn into a rolling dumpster -- here are some great ideas for keeping it organized. 
-- While newer vehicles have come a long way in terms of driver and passenger ergonomics and an abundance of cubbies and cupholders, you can use a simple shower caddy across the back of a seat and make it easier for back seat passengers to keep toys, snacks, and other stuff within easy reach. 
-- Doesn't it always seem like you have way, way too many plastic gro ...[more]
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Don't Be Scared By Auto Repair - Fall Car Care Tips

August 6th, 2016
As Halloween quickly approaches, the spookiest time of the year is right around the corner with plenty of goblins and ghosts to frighten even the most cheerful souls. However, nothing is more frightening than unwanted vehicle malfunctions or foreseeable failures. Prevent excessive auto repair situations with useful tips on Halloween driver safety coupled with careful driving habits to keep any vehicle rolling through this season. Through proper maintenance and inspections, auto repair does not have to be scary; instead find safety in proper vehicle operations with improved handling, fuel efficiency and mobility.
In preparation for winter, fall auto repair is important for both maintaining current autom ...[more]
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Boyd's Tire & Service Participates in All About Autism Cruise-In

July 31st, 2016

At Boyd's Tire & Service, we're proud members of the Columbus, OH community. We're proud to be engaged in good causes here in our town, and that includes Cruise In Columbus OHthe 10th Annual All About Autism Car, Truck and Motorcycle Cruise-In, coming up on August 20. 

The Cruise-In will be kicking off at 11:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m., with music, T-shirts, dash plaques for the first 100 entries, food & drink activities, kids' events, raffle items, People's Choice judging and much more. It's a fun event for the whole family, and of course the $20 entry fee goes to autism-related charities to help with educational equipment, camps, therapy and other autism-related causes. 

The Cruise-In will be held at Quaker Steak & Lube, 8500 Lyra Drive in Columbus; rain date will be August 21. ...[more]

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