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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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Benefits You Didn’t Know About Oil Changes

July 15th, 2015

Automotive technology has come a long way since the mid-20th century, and so has motor oil. A 1940s-era car didn’t feature an oil pump or oil filter. Instead, they relied on dippers on the crankshaft’s counterweights, which would then sling oil to coat crucial moving parts. Motor oils in those days weren’t designed with detergents and other additives to help keep the engine clean; even with frequent oil change intervals, many cars would be in need of an engine overhaul by the time they reached 80,000 miles.

Today’s motor oil formulations incorporate additives to suspend contaminants in the oil so they can easily be trapped by the oil filter. Here are a few other facts about motor oil you may not have known:

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What Makes All-Season Tires So Great?

June 30th, 2015

So your closet has a pair of flip-flops for the summer, a pair of heavy boots for the winter, and a comfortable pair of sneakers for most of the rest of the year. If you live in a climate that doesn’t have harsh winters, you might just be able to wear those sneakers year-round...and all-season tires are the equivalent of your comfortable sneakers.

So what makes all-season tires so special?

Winter tires are excellent for severe conditions like heavy snow and even ice. They feature specially-designed tread patterns and “sipes”, hundreds of tiny slits which offer biting edges for traction in snow. This means shorter stopping distances, better handling and better control in winter weather. Winter tires are not d

esigned for temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The do ...[more]

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Six Hot Tips on Cool Air Conditioning

June 24th, 2015

Summer is here, and it’s time to start thinking about your car’s AC system! Nobody likes driving around in a hot, stuffy car, and a car with an AC system which only works marginally is somehow almost even worse than one which doesn’t work at all. Let’s go through a few tips which can help you keep your ride a little more comfortable this summer…

Remember a cars AC system is really a heat exchanger which moves hot air out of your vehicle, then replaces it with cold air. One thing you can do to help improve its efficiency is to leave your windows down an inch or two (if possible) when you park the car, helping to prevent excess heat buildup. When you start the car and begin to drive off, lower all the windows for the first minute or two to help move hot air out of the car more quickly, giving the AC system a chan ...[more]

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