Boyd's Tire & Service Blog recent posts.Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:11:53 -0700en-ushourly1A Look At Our Columbus Bethel Centre Store, 11 Mar 2017 14:11:53 -0700TCS<p> Boyd&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Service has been a familiar name in Central Ohio for over 20 years now, with locations in Eastpointe, Northgate, Polaris, Westerville, Marysville, <img alt="Columbus Crew " src="" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Hilliard, and Bethel. At our seven locations around the greater Columbus, OH area, we&rsquo;ve become known for our state-of-the-art automotive and light truck service, as well as great deals on Goodyear, Dunlop and Kelly tires.</p> <p> Today, we thought you might like to get to know a little more about our Columbus location!</p> <p> Our Bethel Centre site in Columbus was purchased from an existing operator back in 2005. Manager Larry Scowden has been managing that store for over ten years; Larry grew up in the auto repair business, going all the way back to when he worked at his family service station as a kid. The Columbus/Bethel Centre store is staffed with two technicians who possess ASE&rsquo;s vaunted Master Certified Technician status. We&rsquo;re able to take on oil changes, engine diagnostics, A/C repair, transmission service and everything you&rsquo;ve come to expect from Boyd&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Service at our Bethel Centre store.</p> <p> The story doesn&rsquo;t just end there, though.</p> <p> Our Columbus store is also a Proud Partner of the Columbus Crew SC &ndash; if you didn&rsquo;t know, Columbus Crew is a professional soccer team in the Major League Soccer organization. In fact, we just recently inked an agreement to be an official partner in this group!</p> <p> As the season ramps up in 2017, you can expect to see on-field advertising, radio ads and signage underneath the stands at MAPFRE Stadium (actually the first-ever stadium built in the United States for an MLS team). We have a co-op agreement with Continental Tires (the official tire of Major League Soccer) toward this advertising campaign, and there will be fun for the fans as well in front of the stadium. There will be a full-size soccer goal, and fans can take a shot at kicking a soccer ball through a full-size Continental tire!</p> <p> Look for a picnic table and tent where you can sign up for giveaways starting 90 minutes prior to all home games, and we&rsquo;ll also be offering tire estimates for prospective customers. On your way out of the stadium, be sure to pick up a postgame handout from Boyd&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Service Center!</p> <p> We&rsquo;re proud to be connected with Columbus Crew &ndash; with the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Supporters&rsquo; Shields and MLS Cup in 2008, they&rsquo;ve racked up a pretty impressive track record over the years. Boyd&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Service Center loves the community here in the greater Columbus area, and we&rsquo;re excited to be on board with a winning team. <a href="">Come see us this year at our Columbus store!</a></p> /blog/view/a-look-at-our-columbus-bethel-centre-store/feed0A Look at Boyd's Westerville Store, 11 Feb 2017 15:51:39 -0700TCS<p> Boyd&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Service has been a familiar name in Central Ohio for over 20 years now, with locations in Eastpointe, Northgate, Polaris, Westerville, Marysville, <img alt="Auto Repair Shop in Westerville, OH" src="" style="width: 270px; height: 66px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />Hilliard, and Bethel. At our seven locations around the greater Columbus, OH area, we&rsquo;ve become known for our state-of-the-art automotive and light truck service, as well as great deals on Goodyear, Dunlop and Kelly tires.</p> <p> Today, we thought you might enjoy knowing a little more about out Westerville stores!</p> <p> Boyd&rsquo;s Tire and Service has two Westerville, OH locations. Our store at <a href="">Northgate</a> was actually built from the ground up back in 1998, while our <a href="">Schrock Rd</a> store was purchased from a different operator in 2004.</p> <p> The Schrock Rd store was a Goodyear Tire &amp; Service location since way back in 1968&hellip;but if you&rsquo;ve ever spent much time in that store, you might have noticed its giant showroom. All that square footage is there for a reason &ndash; the Schrock Rd building was originally an appliance store!</p> <p> Recently, Boyd&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Service spent over $200,000 for a complete overhaul of the exterior and interior of the Schrock Rd building. With new paint, new flooring and much more, we regularly hear compliments from customers on how comfortable, clean and up-to-date our waiting area and showroom are looking these days.</p> <p> Boyd&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Service has long been engaged in our community, including strong support for Westerville City Schools; in fact, many of Westerville and Genoa city, township and school employees regularly bring their cars to us for service. We&rsquo;re truly hometown folks&nbsp;since many of us went to grade school and high school right here in Westerville and have lived in the area our whole lives.</p> <p> You can expect the same level of service at our Westerville locations that you can at all Boyd&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Service stores, and that includes:</p> <ul> <li> Engine diagnostics</li> <li> Oil changes</li> <li> Brake repair</li> <li> A/C service</li> <li> Manufacturer&rsquo;s scheduled maintenance</li> <li> Custom wheels</li> <li> Lift kits</li> </ul> <p> Our Westerville locations have several techs who have earned ASE&rsquo;s vaunted Master Certified Technician patch and who bring decades of expertise to every repair job. And that&rsquo;s all with the same great deals on premium-brand tires that you&rsquo;ve come to expect from Boyd&rsquo;s.</p> <p> We&rsquo;re proud of our reputation and our place in the community. We have an A+ rating from the BBB and have been nominated for many industry awards over the years, and owner Keith Boyd has twice been nominated as &ldquo;Small Businessman of the Year&rdquo; by the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. We also recently made it to Tire Review magazine&rsquo;s top 20 finalists for their &ldquo;Top Shop Award,&rdquo; which is a reflection on the mindset we bring to every job &ndash; thorough and complete auto repair, with fair and friendly customer service!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/a-look-at-boyd-s-westerville-store/feed0Finding a Good Mechanic In Your Town, 03 Jan 2017 11:12:00 -0700TCS<p> If you haven&rsquo;t heard, the days of the shade-tree mechanic are just about gone&hellip;and so are the days of the mechanic who isn&rsquo;t up on the latest in automotive technology. Every town has multiple options for auto repair, from dealership service departments to big-box chains to mom-and-pop shops. Here are some things to bear in mind when you&rsquo;re looking for a reliable auto repair shop.</p> <p> What does the shop and waiting area look like? Neat, clean, and organized, or dirty and greasy with parts and junk laying in every corner? Either way is a big reflection on the conscientiousness of the rest of the operation.</p> <p> Are the technicians and staff busy working on vehicles, or are they standing around not doing much?</p> <p> Does the shop have an <strong>ASE certification</strong>? ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence; for over 40 years, ASE has offered certifications for technicians and shops that indicate&nbsp;real expertise in various aspects of automotive repair. Testing for certification is rigorous,&nbsp;comprehensive, and is updated regularly to keep up with advances in automotive technology. An ASE certification for either a shop or a technician means that your vehicle is in good hands. &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>A CAR certification</strong> is also important. CAR stands for Certified Auto Repair&nbsp;and means that a shop has to meet rigorous standards of quality based on reputation, integrity, qualifications, and expertise. It means that your shop has a degree of professionalism and customer satisfaction that you can really rely on.</p> <p> Talk to the technicians and service advisers. They should be able to tell you what your problem is in clear and direct language that you can understand. Trust your gut on this one.</p> <p> At Boyd&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Service, we&rsquo;ve been serving drivers for over 20 years now, with OEM-quality replacement parts, ASE-certified technicians and top quality tires at affordable prices. You won&rsquo;t find a shabby waiting room or service bay here&hellip;we just offer the best auto repair you&rsquo;ll find anywhere, and real attention to customer satisfaction. Why go anywhere else?&nbsp;</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p> <img alt="ASE Certified in Westerville OH " src="" style="width: 250px; height: 95px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> /blog/view/finding-a-good-mechanic-in-your-town/feed0So You Think Some Traffic Laws Are Nuts?, 29 Dec 2016 10:28:03 -0700<p> Yes, there are plenty of traffic laws in certain areas that don&rsquo;t make much sense. Here, though, we present a collection of traffic laws from other parts of the world that are just bizarre:</p> <p> --In Thailand, the law states that no driver, male or female, shall ever drive without a shirt.<img alt="Weird Traffic Laws" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> --In South Africa, &ldquo;the driver of a vehicle on a public road shall stop such vehicle at the request or on the signal of a person leading or driving any bovine animal, horse, ass, mule, sheep, goat, pig, or ostrich on such road.&rdquo; Or face a $500 fine.</p> <p> --Splashing a pedestrian with water is illegal in Japan.</p> <p> --In Montana, you can forget about driving with a sheep in the truck unless the sheep has a chaperone... and the state of Alabama had the presence of mind to make it illegal to drive while blindfolded.</p> <p> --On the island of Cyprus, it&rsquo;s illegal to raise a hand from the steering wheel. No waving at anyone, no eating or drinking anything while you drive.</p> <p> --Danish drivers are required to check under the car before starting it&hellip;just in case anyone is sleeping under there.</p> <p> --In Spain, if you need glasses to drive, you&rsquo;re required to keep a spare pair of glasses in the vehicle at all times.</p> <p> --In Singapore, it&rsquo;s illegal to ever come within 50 meters of a pedestrian. 50 meters equals about 162 feet. Good luck with that.</p> <p> So, do you still think there are some weird traffic laws in your locale??</p> /blog/view/so-you-think-some-traffic-laws-are-nuts/feed0A Brief History of the Tire, 15 Dec 2016 15:56:26 -0700<p> Ever wonder what the designations stamped on your tire sidewall actually mean? We&rsquo;d like to break it down for you.</p> <p> Let&rsquo;s take for instance, &ldquo;P195/60R15 87S&rdquo;. This is a full service description of a tire.</p> <p> In this case, &ldquo;87S&rdquo; denotes a tire&rsquo;s load capacity and speed rating. The higher the number, the greater the load capacity &ndash; an 87 load capacity means that tire can support 1,201 pounds. Speed ratings range from L (75 mph) through V (149 mph), and an S speed rating means the tire is good for 112 mph. W, Y, and Z-speed rated tires are available for extreme performance cars&nbsp;and are rated as high as 186 mph.</p> <p> As for the rest of the information:<img alt="Tire" src="" style="width: 300px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right; height: 180px;" /></p> <p> --&ldquo;P&rdquo; denotes Passenger Tire</p> <p> --195 is the tire&rsquo;s width from sidewall to sidewall... in millimeters</p> <p> --60 is the aspect ratio... the proportion of the height of the tire cross-section as compared to the width of the tread area</p> <p> --&ldquo;R&rdquo; stands for Radial construction</p> <p> --15 is the wheel size... in inches</p> <p> There&rsquo;s other information on the sidewall of a tire, such as its Mountain &amp; Snow rating (if applicable), date of manufacture code and maximum allowable pressure. For the average consumer though, it&rsquo;s good to know the meaning of the service description so you can be an informed tire buyer when it&rsquo;s time to replace them. Remember, your vehicle was designed for a very specific tire size, and it&rsquo;s best to stay with that size when you go shopping for new tires!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/a-brief-history-of-the-tire-1/feed0Your Car’s an Investment – Protect It, 24 Nov 2016 15:18:49 -0700<p> You rely on your car every day, and you have a lot of money tied up in it. It&rsquo;s probably one of the more valuable things you own&hellip;so make sure you get the most out of that investment:</p> <p> <strong>Oil changes</strong>: Changing your motor oil at regular intervals will ensure long engine life by cutting wear and friction and helping to prevent the buildup of sludge <img alt="Antique Car" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />and carbon on internal engine assemblies.</p> <p> <strong>Cooling system</strong>: Older cast-iron engines could overheat with no serious consequences, but not so with today&rsquo;s aluminum blocks and heads. Your engine&rsquo;s coolant has a finite life and should be changed and flushed at regular intervals to prevent accumulation of scale and corrosion in the radiator, heater core and water pump.</p> <p> <strong>Finish</strong>: A good coat of wax does more than keep your car looking good. It also helps prevent rust from forming, helps to repel debris and dirt and keeps the paint in good shape.</p> <p> <strong>Filters</strong>: The air filter is crucial to protecting your engine from dirt and particulates&hellip;but once the air filter gets clogged, it can smother performance (literally) and hurt fuel economy. The fuel filters and carbon canister filter should also be checked and changed if necessary.</p> <p> <strong>Timing belt</strong>: Many vehicles are designed with a timing chain to coordinate the crankshaft and camshaft; timing chains usually last the life cycle of the vehicle. Timing belts, however, have a finite service life and even a few thousand miles past that recommended change interval is borrowed time. A broken timing belt can very literally result in a wrecked engine.</p> <p> A little preventive maintenance and forethought can go a long way toward getting the most miles out of your vehicle!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/your-car-s-an-investment-protect-it/feed0What To Do With Those Old Tires, 10 Nov 2016 15:03:18 -0700<p> Every year, about 290 million tires are discarded; of those, about 233 million are recycled in one way or another. Shredded tires can be used for playground surfaces, welcome mats, hot-melt asphalt, bark mulch and even made into building material for &ldquo;green&rdquo; construction.</p> <p> But what can&nbsp;<em>you</em>&nbsp;do with your old tires? Here are some ideas:</p> <p> --Fill a tractor tire with sand to make a great sandbox for kids<img alt="Tire swing" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> --Hang a tire from a rope as a tire swing</p> <p> --Stack a couple of tires on top of each other, bolt them together and paint them a cheerful color, then use them as a planter</p> <p> --Lay two rows of tires next to each other, somewhat staggered, and use them for broken-field running as part of football conditioning</p> <p> --Bolt two tires together, then affix a round glass top for an instant patio table</p> <p> --Tires can be hung or slightly embedded in the ground and used as planters (note: don&rsquo;t grow vegetable plants in tires)</p> <p> --With a little imagination and some other building materials, you can use old tires to set up an entire playground of climbing structures, obstacle courses, and other fun designs</p> <p> While tires are tough, they can still be cut with a Sawzall or other heavy-duty saw. Whatever you decide to do with used tires, it&rsquo;s important to recycle them somehow. Used tires collect water and can quickly become mosquito breeding grounds in the summer. You&rsquo;ll be doing your part to help the environment and make the world a better place.</p> /blog/view/what-to-do-with-those-old-tires/feed0So…Many…Kinds…of Tires, 27 Oct 2016 13:16:53 -0600<p> <img alt="Different Types of Tires" src="" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right; width: 225px; height: 300px;" />Ever think about all the different vehicles that use rubber tires? Tractors, industrial equipment, everything else that rolls on rubber?</p> <div> <p> 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). &nbsp;</p> <p> 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 handling heavy loads. They&rsquo;re designed with tough, thick carcasses to resist cuts, tears, gouges and punctures while still providing decent control and ride quality for the operator.</p> <p> Agricultural tires are designed for good traction while not compacting soil too heavily. They feature a large footprint to disperse the weight of the vehicle, and may feature a paddle tread for tractor tires or a knobby design for turf machines such as mowers.</p> <p> Industrial tires, such as for forklifts, backhoes or dock equipment, often have to encounter chemicals and other substances that can be damaging to ordinary tires. They&rsquo;re tough and rugged and often come in solid, non-pneumatic designs.</p> <p> Tires for heavy duty trucks and buses need to put in long hours and many miles hauling heavy loads. They&rsquo;re designed to minimize dangerous heat buildup and offer good traction on wet or dry pavement. A relatively new innovation for heavy trucks is the &ldquo;Super Single,&rdquo; a wide single tire that replaces the dual rear wheels of older truck designs. Super Singles offer better fuel economy as well, with a weight savings of around 200 pounds per axle.&nbsp;</p> </div> /blog/view/so-many-kinds-of-tires/feed0Make Sure Your Car's Ready For Winter!, 14 Oct 2016 10:01:22 -0600<p> You know that winter and bad weather are coming. Is your car ready? Here&rsquo;s a quick checklist of things to get up to speed on:</p> <p> <strong>Motor oil</strong>: Motor oil has a tendency to thicken in cold weather, making it harder to circulate to upper engine parts at startup. If you haven&rsquo;t ever used synthetic oil <img alt="Driving in the Winter" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 161px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />before, this might be a good time to start. The flow properties of synthetic oil are a lot more consistent, meaning it doesn&rsquo;t thicken in sub-freezing temperatures or thin out when it&rsquo;s hot outside.</p> <p> <strong>Wipers</strong>: 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&rsquo;t forget to refill your washer fluid reservoir&hellip;you&rsquo;ll need it once the weather gets bad.</p> <p> <strong>Cooling system</strong>: If you can&rsquo;t remember the last time your coolant was changed, it&rsquo;s pretty easy for a technician to test its condition. Remember that coolant, a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water, prevents freeze-ups in wintertime as well as boilovers in hot weather.</p> <p> <strong>Heater and defroster</strong>: Since the heater is part of the cooling system, a flush of the system will help remove any scale or corrosion that may have built up in the heater core.</p> <p> <strong>Tires</strong>: Make sure your tires are in good shape, with plenty of tread depth, and check the inflation. Remember that air expands when hot, so be sure to check tire pressure when the tires are still cold. That also means they&rsquo;ll lose a couple of pounds of air pressure when the temperatures are really cold.</p> <p> You can&rsquo;t do much about winter weather, but you can at least up your chances of getting through it unscathed when your car&rsquo;s in good shape for winter driving! &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/make-sure-your-car-s-ready-for-winter/feed0Why Is Cooling System Maintenance So Important in Winter?, 02 Oct 2016 14:20:41 -0600TCS<p> You probably know that coolant (a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water) prevents freezeups in the winter as well as boilovers in the summer. But why is it so crucial to your vehicle&rsquo;s heating?</p> <p> The cooling system in your vehicle is a closed loop consisting mainly of the radiator, water pump, radiator fan, thermostat, and heater core. &nbsp;The water pump is <img alt="Cooling System Service in Columbus OH " src="" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />driven by the engine and circulates coolant through the engine&rsquo;s water jackets to disperse heat. Coolant is then passed through the radiator, where the fins and tubes act as a heat sink, with the radiator fan providing more heat dispersal. Part of this circuit is the heater core, which is located under the passenger side floorboard or behind the dash. The heater core is like a mini-radiator which uses the excess heat from the engine to warm the passenger compartment, along with the heater fan and ducts.</p> <p> Coolant does contain anticorrosion agents that help prevent the buildup of scale in the system, and newer antifreeze formulas can go for a longer period between changes. Scale and corrosion can still accumulate, though, and can become a real problem when it builds up to a point of restricting flow through the radiator, water pump, and heater core. If things are left too long, you can end up with a poorly-performing cooling system, and that means a poorly-performing heater core as well.</p> <p> Can&rsquo;t remember when your last coolant flush was? No worries &ndash; it&rsquo;s easy to test the condition of the coolant and recommend service. Don&rsquo;t go through this winter with a weak heater, though&hellip;make an <a href="">appointment</a> with us at Boyd&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Service in Columbus, OH before the winter weather sets in!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/why-is-cooling-system-maintenance-so-important-in-winter/feed0Why Are My Brakes Making Noise?, 29 Sep 2016 19:44:30 -0600TCS<p> You step on the brake pedal and there&rsquo;s a&nbsp; squeal, a groan, a grinding noise or other obnoxious sound. Does it mean your brakes need to be replaced? Not <img alt="Brake Repair in Columbus OH " src="" style="width: 250px; height: 312px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />always.</p> <p> Consider the fact that noise always comes from a vibration of some sort. That means that thousands of times a second, your brake pads are gripping and letting go. Sometimes this can be an issue with the brand of brake pads used and the composition of the friction material. Anti-squeal compound is available to help dampen these vibrations and quiet the noise.</p> <p> Sometimes a groaning or squealing sound is the result of rainy weather. &nbsp;A film of water on the rotors can result in a light coating of rust first thing in the morning, and the brake pads buff that rust away, making noise. If you&rsquo;re driving in rainy weather and hit a puddle, it&rsquo;s advisable to &ldquo;ride the brakes&rdquo; for a short time to squeegee away any water from the rotors.</p> <p> Some drivers complain of a thumping noise from the rear end while braking. This one can be maddening for the driver and technician both&hellip;but if you&rsquo;ve got an older vehicle that has drum brakes in the rear, the thump can be due to a slight irregularity in the drum&rsquo;s lining. The drum is pan-shaped, and brake shoes expand internally to drag on the drum and slow the vehicle down. Resurfacing the drum lining is usually enough to fix the thump.</p> <p> When you step on the brakes and hear a metal-on-metal grinding noise, though, that&rsquo;s a different story. That means your brakes have worn to a point where the wear indicators are dragging on the rotors, or worse yet, the metal backing plates and rivets for the pads are exposed. That means your rotors are being destroyed and you&rsquo;re driving a very unsafe vehicle! You&rsquo;ll also notice a decline in braking performance, excessive brake pedal travel and longer stopping distances with this grinding noise.</p> <p> Are your brakes making noise, or is it just time for brake service? <a href="">Make an appointment</a> with us at Boyd&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Service in Columbus, OH!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/why-are-my-brakes-making-noise/feed0No Spare Tire?, 29 Sep 2016 10:12:20 -0600<div> 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, <img alt="Tires Ohio" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />and cost. When you&#39;re stuck by the side of the road, though, none of that really matters much, does it?&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Instead, these vehicles come equipped with an inflation kit and/or a can of sealant.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Sealant is a gooey substance in an aerosol can that&#39;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&#39;re not a permanent fix, however. Your speed should be limited after using Fix-A-Flat type products, and you should see about getting the tire repaired or replaced as soon as possible. In addition, most of these products freeze at temperatures below 32 degrees and may not be usable in cold weather.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The other alternative on new vehicles is an onboard compressor which usually plugs into the cigarette lighter. These little compressors actually work quite well and can refill a tire in a few minutes&#39; time, getting you back on your way again.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This is all well and good, but...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Many times, a tire which fails at highway speed is going to be shredded by the time you can get off the road, or at least permanently damaged and ruined. No inflation kit or can of sealant can help you in that case.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> No tire can be repaired if it has a hole in the sidewall or the shoulder. In that case, you&#39;ve got no other choice but to spring for a new tire.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You can always invest in a spare tire and a jack if you&#39;re really concerned about it, but in many new vehicles, there&#39;s not even space for a spare. As if that weren&#39;t enough...if you do have a spare in your vehicle, remember spares can lose air over time and can even dry rot if they&#39;re never on the ground. Most experts now agree tires have a life expectancy of about six years before dry rot, ozone, and the sun&#39;s UV rays degrade them.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The upshot? You might want to just make sure your AAA membership is paid up!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/no-spare-tire/feed0Things To Look For When Buying a Used Car, 15 Sep 2016 09:43:47 -0600<div> Buying a used car is somewhat less of a crapshoot than it was at one time. You can get detailed information on a vehicle&#39;s history via the CARFAX report, and a <img alt="Auto Repair Ohio" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 274px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />technician can use onboard diagnostics to get a good picture of what&#39;s going on under the hood and what problems might be coming up.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It&#39;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.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Put your head against a fender and sight down the side of the vehicle with one eye. Look out for ripples or irregularities in the sheet metal which could point to a collision and body work. Look closely for mismatched paint on body panels, or paint which has an orange-peel texture.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Closely look at the carpeting, upholstery, and pedals. The condition of these can tell you a lot about how a vehicle was cared for.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Pop the hood and look for leaks anywhere on the engine. Start the engine, let it warm up to operating temperature and sniff carefully for unusual smells such as burning oil, burning transmission fluid or leaking antifreeze (all of which have a distinctive smell).&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- With the engine running, vehicle on level ground and transmission in Park, pull the transmission dipstick and get a close look at the fluid. The fluid should be magenta colored with a slightly sweet smell. Fluid that&#39;s darker or has a burnt toast smell means that the transmission has been overheated, poorly maintained and/or run with a low fluid level. Avoid.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Take the vehicle for a test drive. Listen for clunks or thumps while going over bumps. Get a good feel for how it handles; a pull to one side on the highway or a tendency for the steering wheel to not center itself could mean front-end problems. Accelerate sharply and listen for any unusual noises. Does the vehicle have enough power and run smoothly when driven hard? Hit the brakes hard. Does the vehicle pull to one side while braking, lock up any of the wheels or have a pulsation through the brake pedal?&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> None of these constitute a detailed inspection, of course. They&#39;re all common-sense measures you can take, though, to pre-screen a prospective used car before calling a professional in for a thorough pre-purchase shakedown.&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/things-to-look-for-when-buying-a-used-car/feed0Which Type of Tire Tread Do You Need?, 25 Aug 2016 09:31:19 -0600<div> 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 <img alt="Different types of tire tread" src="" style="width: 275px; height: 183px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />choices of tread patterns. What differentiates them, and what are the pros and cons of each tread design?&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- 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&#39;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.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Symmetrical tread patterns feature grooves or herringbone designs that are extremely uniform across the tire&#39;s tread face. Symmetrical designs are popular for touring tires due to their quiet ride, long wear and ease of rotation, making them a very versatile tread pattern.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Asymmetrical tread patterns are a bit of a compromise. They&#39;re typically designed with a mix of tread patterns, often with a section at the middle and inside edge of a tire that&#39;s designed for wintry or wet-weather traction. The outside edge, on the other hand, has aggressive tread blocks for optimum cornering ability. Asymmetrical tires are marked with &quot;outside only&quot; and &quot;inside only&quot; on the sidewalls to preserve proper handling qualities.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Directional/asymmetrical tires are the best of both worlds. They&#39;re usually designed with a V-shaped tread to direct water away from the footprint, and an asymmetrical section for dry-weather traction and handling. Directional/asymmetrical tires should be rotated in the same pattern as directional tires.</div> /blog/view/which-type-of-tire-tread-do-you-need/feed0Tips On How To Keep Your Car Organized!, 11 Aug 2016 09:17:00 -0600<div> For some, the idea of an &quot;organized car&quot; is almost blasphemous, but having your vehicle set up so you can actually find things can be pretty nice. The bigger the <img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />vehicle -- minivans, SUVs -- and the more people they haul, the more disorganized they can get. Don&#39;t let your minivan turn into a rolling dumpster -- here are some great ideas for keeping it organized.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- 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.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Doesn&#39;t it always seem like you have way, way too many plastic grocery bags? Keep them organized by stuffing them into an empty Kleenex box...empty grocery bags are very handy for trash, diapers and other assorted stuff.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> --Everyone has had the experience of pawing through the glove-box for something they really need, and not being able to find it. Personal-sized portfolios of folders can be very handy for keeping insurance papers, receipts and other important documents organized and easily &#39;get-at-able&#39; in the glove compartment.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Do you travel with a dog sometimes? Consider rigging up a hammock or sling by fastening the corners of a blanket or comforter to the front and rear seat headrests, keeping Fido comfortable and keeping pet hair and dirt from muddy paws off your upholstery.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- A simple purse organizer can provide plenty of space for your wallet, change, sunglasses and other odds and ends, conveniently placed between the front seats.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Find a tote with multiple compartments ... they can be great for organizing Legos, crayons, snacks, Hot Wheels cars and all the other stuff that naturally seems to be in a minivan or SUV.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> First step? Thoroughly clean out your car. Get everything out of there, figure out what things you really need in a vehicle and then it&#39;ll make it a lot easier to come up with the best ways to organize!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tubeless tires debuted in the 1950s, and tire design continued to evolve with improved rubber formulations, better tread patterns and a variety of new tire designs such as the all-season tire, UHP tires, grand touring tires and other newer developments. Today, things like the run-flat tire and tire pressure monitoring systems have made tires more reliable, safe and long-lasting than ever before!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/tips-on-how-to-keep-your-car-organized/feed0Don't Be Scared By Auto Repair - Fall Car Care Tips, 06 Aug 2016 11:26:00 -0600TCS<div class="blogPostText"> <div> <img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 6px 8px; float: right;" />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.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In preparation for winter, fall auto repair is important for both maintaining current automotive functions and sustaining proper conditions for future use. Maintaining these functions begins with ensuring all safety features of the vehicle are protected, starting with ensuring brake repair is up-to-date. As one of the most critical safety features of a vehicle, ensuring brakes are working properly is imperative to both driver and pedestrian protection. Be aware of signs that brakes brakes are falling into disrepair by high pitch squeaking, difficulty braking or exerting more pressure than usual when braking, and obscenely unpleasant smells coming from brake areas. Never operate a vehicle with questionable brake health as this could lead to a serious or fatal accident.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Before packing up to hit all the best &ldquo;trick-or-treat&rdquo; locations, check windshield wiper fluids on both the front and back windshields. Ensuring windshield wiper fluid and functionality will improve both visibility and safety. During season changes, pollen and other obstructions such as leaves and plants on the windshield can cause drivers to lose vision. With properly maintained windshield wipers and topped-off windshield wiper fluid, drivers can avoid blind spots to ensure vehicle and pedestrian safety. Refilling windshield wiper fluid and replacing windshield wipers is a quick, easy measure anyone can take to protect their vehicle and loved ones this Halloween.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Clear visibility of surroundings is vital when taking children out to trick-or-treat and participating in other fall activities. Scheduling a brief check-up to maintain headlight clarity and brightness is imperative. Throughout the year, different residue and other particles collect on headlights causing decreased vision and lowered vehicle safety. &nbsp;Protect visibility by cleaning headlights and replacing headlights when needed. Headlights, like all normal light bulbs, dim gradually and should be replaced regularly to maintain optimum visibility.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Avoid auto repair scares this fall by scheduling an appointment for scheduled maintenance or necessary services. Stay safe this fall and keep horror stories around the camp fire and out of the garage by participating in routine auto maintenance and taking proper safety measures when on the road.&nbsp;</div> </div> /blog/view/don-t-be-scared-by-auto-repair-fall-car-care-tips/feed0Boyd's Tire & Service Participates in All About Autism Cruise-In, 31 Jul 2016 20:47:52 -0600TCS<p> At Boyd&#39;s Tire &amp; Service, we&#39;re proud members of the Columbus, OH community. We&#39;re proud to be engaged in good causes here in our town, and that includes <img alt="Cruise In Columbus OH " src="" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />the 10th Annual All About Autism Car, Truck and Motorcycle Cruise-In, coming up on August 20.&nbsp;</p> <p> 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 &amp; drink activities, kids&#39; events, raffle items, People&#39;s Choice judging and much more. It&#39;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.&nbsp;</p> <p> The Cruise-In will be held at Quaker Steak &amp; Lube, 8500 Lyra Drive in Columbus; rain date will be August 21.&nbsp;</p> <p> Boyd&#39;s Tires joins Glassburn&#39;s Body Shop, Cruisin Classics, the Make It Fit Foundation, Pepsi, C &amp; A Harley Davidson and Cheryl&#39;s to make this Cruise-In event possible.&nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><span style="background-color:#fff0f5;">The mission of the Make It Fit Foundation is to make life a bit better for those affected by autism -- not only people with autism, but those around them. The Make It Fit Foundation has developed a community of caring people who are dedicated to raising money for autism research, treatment, advocacy, education and family services...until there&#39;s an end to autism. In the past, the Make It Fit Foundation has been fortunate to partner with the Autism Society of America, Recreation Unlimited, Cookies 4 iPads, the Lettuce Work Foundation, the Richardson Foundation, the Stynchula Family Foundation, the Autism Society of Ohio, several schools and therapy facilities that specialize in autism spectrum disorders, autism-specific nutrition seminars and the Ingram Autism Research Fund. &nbsp;Come join us on August 20!&nbsp;</span></span></p> /blog/view/boyd-s-tire-service-participates-in-all-about-autism-cruise-in/feed0A Brief History of the Tire, 28 Jul 2016 08:41:20 -0600<div> The tire is such a commonplace item -- it&#39;s on every car, every truck, every bicycle, every aircraft. It&#39;s easy to not give the tire a second thought, but like every&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px;">other <img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 219px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />technology, the tire has an interesting history of advances and failures.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In the 19th century, carriages and wagons used steel strips for &quot;tires&quot; on their wheels, with the punishing sort of ride that you&#39;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 vulcanized rubber, but the modern tire was still several years off.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> By the 1880s, the bicycle was becoming much more popular, and in 1888 Scottish engineer John Dunlop was watching his son struggle with the bone-shaking ride of his tricycle. He then devised the first-ever air-filled pneumatic tire, and a few years later Edouard Michelin developed the first &quot;clincher&quot; pneumatic tire, easily removable for repair.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> These advances coincided with the development of the horseless carriage, of course, and soon speeds were starting to pick up and more was expected from tires. Things like inner tubes to hold air and grooved tread patterns for tires soon followed. By the 1910s, engineers were designing tires with angled layers of cotton cord beneath the rubber surface, adding durability and strength, and the bias-ply tire was born. Bias-ply tires would soon become the industry standard and would remain so until the 1960s.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The next big step forward in tire design was Michelin&#39;s radial tire, which featured steel belts and fabric plies that were set at a right angle to the tread instead of layers which crisscrossed at angles. Radials offered longer wear, better handling and road manners and soon became the standard in Europe, but they didn&#39;t really catch on in the US until the 1970s.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tubeless tires debuted in the 1950s, and tire design continued to evolve with improved rubber formulations, better tread patterns and a variety of new tire designs such as the all-season tire, UHP tires, grand touring tires and other newer developments. Today, things like the run-flat tire and tire pressure monitoring systems have made tires more reliable, safe and long-lasting than ever before!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/a-brief-history-of-the-tire/feed0Boyd's Tire & Service Kicks In on Ohio Ride for Autism, 07 Jul 2016 15:57:00 -0600TCS<p> On July 30, 2016, the Make It Fit Foundation and C &amp; A Harley Davidson will be hosting the 7th Annual Ohio Ride for Autism, and Boyd&#39;s Tire &amp; Service is happy<img alt="Ride for Autism in Columbus OH " src="" style="width: 250px; height: 149px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" /> to announce their support for this event.&nbsp;</p> <p> Bikes will leave C &amp; 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&#39; registrations are $20, and passengers $10. The ride will conclude at Quaker Steak &amp; 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.&nbsp;</p> <p> The mission of the Make It Fit Foundation is to make life a bit better for those affected by autism -- not only people with autism, but those around them. The Make It Fit Foundation has developed a community of caring people who are dedicated to raising money for autism research, treatment, advocacy, education and family services...until there&#39;s an end to autism. In the past, the Make It Fit Foundation has been fortunate to partner with the Autism Society of America, Recreation Unlimited, Cookies 4 iPads, the Lettuce Work Foundation, the Richardson Foundation, the Stynchula Family Foundation, the Autism Society of Ohio, several schools and therapy facilities that specialize in autism spectrum disorders, autism-specific nutrition seminars and the Ingram Autism Research Fund.&nbsp;</p> <p> At Boyd&#39;s Tire &amp; Service, we&#39;re proud to be part of the Columbus, OH community, and we feel it&#39;s important to raise awareness for a cause like the Ohio Ride for Autism. It&#39;s just part of our commitment to our neighbors here in Columbus, OH...and we hope to see you there!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/boyd-s-tire-service-kicks-in-on-ohio-ride-for-autism/feed012 Things You Didn't Know About Independence Day, 29 Jun 2016 11:26:00 -0600TCS<div class="blogPostText"> <div> <img alt="Boyd's Tire and Service Center" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Hot dogs, parades, fireworks, BBQ and the kickoff of summer&hellip;that&rsquo;s what most people think of when it comes to July 4. However, even if you&rsquo;re an aficionado of American history, there might be some facts about Independence Day that you didn&rsquo;t know! At Boyd&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Service Center, we&rsquo;d like to list off some July 4 factoids that you may or may not have been aware of:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <ol> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"> 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.&nbsp;</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"> The longest-running Independence Day celebration in the United States is Bristol, Rhode Island&rsquo;s 4th of July Parade; it was started back in 1785.&nbsp;</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"> The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson and signed by 56 other men from the colonies; John Hancock&rsquo;s signature was so oversized and flamboyant that it left little room for the others.&nbsp;</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"> &ldquo;Yankee Doodle&rdquo; was sung by British military officers in pre-Revolutionary days as a taunt, mocking the poorly-organized colonists who helped them fight the French and Indian Wars.&nbsp;</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"> The Declaration of Independence became the template for similar documents in France, Russia, Poland, Greece and several South American states.</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"> While Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner during the War of 1812, it wasn&rsquo;t officially declared as the national anthem until 1931.</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"> Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Monroe all died on July 4; Jefferson and Adams died within hours of each other in 1826, while Monroe died five years later.</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"> The Philippines and Rwanda both observe July 4th as days of liberation.</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"> While the Liberty Bell hasn&rsquo;t been rung since 1846 (avoiding any further cracking or damage), it is tapped ceremonially 13 times on each July 4.&nbsp;</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"> While John Adams and Thomas Jefferson pushed for the bald eagle as the national bird, Benjamin Franklin advocated the turkey instead.&nbsp;</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"> Two great American icons of liberty were actually made overseas; the Liberty Bell was cast in England, while the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France.&nbsp;</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"> Americans put away around 155 million hot dogs on Independence Day alone, and the American Pyrotechnics Association estimates that Americans are ooh&rsquo;d and aah&rsquo;d by over 14,000 professional fireworks displays every July 4th.</li> </ol> <div> We hope you find this list of Independence Day trivia informative and enjoyable reading &ndash; whether you are staying home or traveling this July 4th, we at Boyd&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Service Center hope that you have a fun and safe holiday! For Central Ohio&#39;s first choice in <a href="">tires</a> and <a href="">auto repair</a> schedule an <a href="">appointment</a> with Boyd&#39;s Tire and Service Center!&nbsp;</div> </div> /blog/view/12-things-you-didn-t-know-about-independence-day/feed0