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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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A Brief History of the Tire

July 28th, 2016
The tire is such a commonplace item -- it's on every car, every truck, every bicycle, every aircraft. It's easy to not give the tire a second thought, but like every other technology, the tire has an interesting history of advances and failures. 
 
In the 19th century, carriages and wagons used steel strips for "tires" on their wheels, with the punishing sort of ride that you'd expect. In later years, they were shod with strips of natural rubber, which was an improvement but was still problematic. Solid rubber still rode pretty rough, and the natural, uncured rubber would get gummy in hot weather and shrink and harden in cold temperatures. Charles Goodyear was able to help with the invention of vu ...[more]
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Boyd's Tire & Service Kicks In on Ohio Ride for Autism

July 7th, 2016

On July 30, 2016, the Make It Fit Foundation and C & A Harley Davidson will be hosting the 7th Annual Ohio Ride for Autism, and Boyd's Tire & Service is happyRide for Autism in Columbus OH to announce their support for this event. 

Bikes will leave C & A Harley Davidson, 7610 Commerce Place in Plain City at 10:30 a.m., with the last bike leaving at 12 noon; same-day registration starts at 9:00 a.m. Riders' registrations are $20, and passengers $10. The ride will conclude at Quaker Steak & Lube, 8500 Lyra Drive in Columbus. As usual, the Ohio Ride for Autism will feature music, raffles, a 50/50 drawing, auctions and much more. 

The mission of the Make It Fit Foundation is to make life a bit better for those affected by autism -- not only people with a ...[more]

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12 Things You Didn't Know About Independence Day

June 29th, 2016
Boyd's Tire and Service CenterHot dogs, parades, fireworks, BBQ and the kickoff of summer…that’s what most people think of when it comes to July 4. However, even if you’re an aficionado of American history, there might be some facts about Independence Day that you didn’t know! At Boyd’s Tire & Service Center, we’d like to list off some July 4 factoids that you may or may not have been aware of: 
 
  1. The Declaration of Independence was actually signed on July 2, 1776; it was revised somewhat, and the edited version was not ratified by Congress until two days later. 
  2. The longest-running Independence Day celebration ...[more]
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  Posted in: Tips & Tricks

Promote Vehicle Dependability with Oil Changes

June 8th, 2016

oil changes in Hilliard, OHUnderstanding specific importance of each routine auto repair that contributes to overall vehicle maintenance, Boyd's Tire and Service Center encourages drivers of Hilliard, OH to service vehicles with oil changes and other preventative vehicle maintenance. Never intimidating customers with high pressure sales tactics or confusing mechanical lingo, drivers of Hilliard, OH can find confidence in Boyd's Tire and Service Center support and auto repair services. Working diligently to ensure customers receive outstanding auto repair and tire services with unbeatable prices for any budget, take advantage of Boyd's Tire and Service Center’s online promotions including $20.95 oil change coupons including: oil, lube and filter change.

Ser ...[more]

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Wet Roads Can Be Trouble - How Are Your Tires?

May 25th, 2016

Tires in Westerville, OHIf you’ve ever been on a wet highway and suddenly felt somewhat disconnected from the road, chances are your vehicle was beginning to hydroplane. You’ve probably heard the term before, but what exactly does it mean?

Your tires’ treads are designed to clear water away from the contact patch, the section of the tire that actually stays in contact with the road at any given time. The grooves that run around the tire’s circumference, the sipes cut into the tread and other tread elements are designed to evacuate the wedge of water that builds up at the leading edge of the contact patch, channeling it safely behind the tire as you move down the road. Some tires can do this more effectively than others, but…no worn tires can evacuate ...[more]

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