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The Holidays Are Coming – Is Your Vehicle Ready?

November 26th, 2015
Where did this year go? Before you know it, it’s going to be time for the holidays, and that can mean travel in some pretty trying conditions (and we don’t just mean restless kids in the back seat). Is your vehicle ready for some interstate miles?

Tires: It’s a good idea to have your tires rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles to ensure even wear. With that in mind, it’s easy to just schedule a tire rotation with every oil change, since the vehicle will be up in the air on a lube rack anyway. Have you checked your inflation lately? Your proper 
inflation levels will be on a sticker on the driver’s side ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

ABS Brakes Demystified

November 16th, 2015
You’ve no doubt noticed the ABS trouble light on your dashboard. What exactly does it mean, though? How do antilock braking systems (ABS) work?
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Winter Tires? Or All-Season Tires?

November 12th, 2015
Winter tires versus all-season tires…which is the right choice for you?
The two designs are quite different and deliver different levels of performance and winter-weather traction, so let’s discuss. 
All-season tires are designed as an all-around compromise. They feature a tread pattern that evacuates water from the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplaning, with plenty of small, textured slits (sipes) to add extra biting edges for traction in wet or slushy conditions. 
All-season tires are designed with a harder tread compound t ...[more]
  Posted in: Tire 101

Road Rage -- Don't Go There!

November 11th, 2015
Our blogs for Boyd’s Tire & Service Center in Westerville, OH generally talk about auto repair and related topics, but today we’d like to talk about something pretty serious – and that’s “road rage.”
  Posted in: Driver Safety

Don’t Forget Your Spare

October 29th, 2015
Oh, the lowly spare tire. It doesn’t get much respect. 
Today, a lot of vehicles don’t even come with a spare tire anymore, not even the little “donut” space-saver spare. Instead, to cut weight and free up space, they come with a compressor and a can of a Fix-a-Flat-style product in hopes that you can get back on your way again. Great idea, unless your tire has a sidewall puncture or is shredded…
Anyway, if your car is equipped with a spare, you shouldn’t just ignore it. Tires have a shelf life, and time will take its toll on any tire, including ones that are never on the ground. Even brand-new tires have a sell-by date; the industry agrees that tires that are older than six to eight years old are p ...[more]
  Posted in: Tire 101

Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

October 17th, 2015
winter tires in Columbus, OHAt Boyd’s Tire & Service Center in Columbus, OH, we know that the winters can be pretty tough here. The days are getting shorter, soon there will be a snap in the air and the next thing you know, it’s going to be winter! Here are a few ideas to get your car ready for the cold weather: 
  • Battery: Extreme heat and extreme cold can both stress your car’s battery. At 5 degrees Fahrenheit, a fully-charged battery can only deliver half its rated cranking power; cold temperatures slow down the chemical reaction in the battery that actually provides power. In addition, motor oil thickens and becomes more viscous at cold temperatures, making it harder to turn the engine over. Remember that your battery is only as good as its connections; chec ...[more]
  Posted in: Tire 101

Winter is Coming

October 15th, 2015
The days are getting shorter, there’s a snap in the air, and before you know it, the winter months are going to be upon us. Is your vehicle ready? 
Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers are only good for about a year; normal wear, the sun’s UV rays and the elements take their toll on them. Get a good look and check them for chunks, strips or chips missing, and replace if necessary for a streak-free field of vision in wet weather. Hint: a fresh application of 
Rain-X on your windshield and window glass can help visibility greatly. 
Brakes: Are you hearing any squeaks, squeals or ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

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
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

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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