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ABS Brakes Demystified

April 27th, 2016

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?

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Cars That Last 250,000 Miles or More

April 27th, 2016

Good Car Info OhioIf you’re old enough, you probably remember the cars from the late 70s and early 80s that weren’t good for much more than 120,000 miles before they started to develop real problems and were junkyard bound. Today, thanks to improvements in design, metallurgy, manufacturing techniques and machining, those days are over and it’s not at all unusual to see vehicles with well over 200,000 miles on the odometer and still running strong.

Here’s a quick rundown of some vehicles to consider which have a track record of being good for 250k miles or more:

  • Toyota Corolla: Probably not a surprise to fans of Toyotas, the simple, no-frills Corolla hasn’t changed much since the early 00s…but Toyota’s approach to the trie ...[more]
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Questions You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask Your Auto Repair Tech

March 30th, 2016

Often, drivers are mystified by how their cars actually work. It’s to be expected. Even an older car is a complex machine with many sub-assemblies that all work together to move it down the road.Mechanic Ohio

As a result, drivers tend to be a little intimidated by auto repair and often tend to not inform themselves by asking the necessary questions of a tech or a garage. Too often, that ends up being a big mistake. Here are some examples of the kinds of things you really should know before any auto repair work starts:

  • Does your shop work on any kind of vehicle? Of course, most shops can service a product from GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and the other leading makes. Some makes, however, require a lot more training and experience, or even fac ...[more]
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Differential Service: Too Often Neglected by Drivers

February 24th, 2016
Differential Service – Why Is It Important? 
 
Differential Service Ohio
Of all the various things on a vehicle that need regular service and maintenance, the differential is too often neglected. But what exactly is it, and what does it do? 
 
Visualize a rear-wheel-drive vehicle making a right-hand turn. As the car turns to the right, the left rear wheel will have to actually cover a longer distance and spin at a different speed than the right wheel. If the rear axle was delivering the same torque to both wheels, the left rear wheel would be binding and skittering as it made the turn. The differential is designed to allow the wheels to turn at different speeds around corners, eliminating that problem.  ...[more]
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Are Brakes Supposed to Sound Like That?

January 6th, 2016

Brake Repair Ohio

Most people do not know how to repair or replace their vehicle's brakes, but with a little instruction, most people can assess whether or not there is a break in their brakes.

Determining car problems can be challenging, if you've had no training. When certain items on your car break, like a door handle, you may be able to postpone the repairs. However, brakes require immediate attention. Some people avoid repairing/replacing their brakes in an attempt to get more mileage out of them. This is a disaster waiting to happen. Brakes should be replaced the moment you suspect there is something wrong with them. A good practice is to make sure your brakes are examined, whenever you have your car serviced. Repairing/Replacing the brakes, before they no longer perform the way they shou ...[more]

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What's Leaking From My Car?

December 29th, 2015
You go out to your car, start it up, pull out of your parking space and see a puddle of...something...where you were parked a moment ago. This is never a good Auto Repair Ohiofeeling. What could it be? 
 
Fortunately, some automotive fluids are dyed different colors to make this a little easier to narrow down. 
 
Does it appear to be water? Were you recently running your A/C? Chances are that's just condensation from the A/C system, which drips out through a rubber tube and is perfectly normal. No worries there. 
 
For years, antifreeze was dyed a bright green to make it easy to identify. Today, other antifreeze formulations can be colored pink or orange, but it's still not hard to figure out -- ant ...[more]
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A/C Problems Demystified

December 2nd, 2015

A/C Repair Ohio

Believe it or not, the A/C system in your vehicle is fairly simple in principle and design. Like your refrigerator, it operates on a cycle of compression and expansion of a gas, known as refrigerant. The compressor turns the gas into a liquid, and as the gas evaporates it provides cooling. Like your refrigerator, its main components are: 
 
  • Compressor
  • Condenser 
  • Receiver/dryer
  • Thermostatic expansion valve
  • Evaporator
  • Refrigerant
  • Blower 
The good news is most automotive A/C systems have become very robust and reliable compared to cars from a generation ago. Most of the time, poor performance is due to low refrigerant l ...[more]
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Tires And Automotive Repair Services Options In Central Ohio

November 25th, 2015

Boyd's Tire and Service CenterTires and automotive repair services are widely available in the Central Ohio area, which lends the consumer several choices. Boyd's Tire & Service Center has 7 locations that offer several numerous tire and repair services. Whether the automobile owner needs a minor tune-up or just a simple service, they will have several different options.

Boyd's Tire & Service Center provides multiple services, which can include ...[more]

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The Importance of Spark Plugs

September 30th, 2015

Spark PlugsSpark plugs play a major role in starting your vehicle. Without them your vehicle wouldn't start, so maintaining them is very important. A standard copper spark plug can last anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 miles. A spark plug that is made with more expensive material, like platinum, can last much longer. Even though spark plugs can last tens of thousands of miles, it is remains important to change them every few years.

There are several parts that make up a spark plug. Each part takes a crucial to how spark plugs function. A sp ...[more]

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Serpentine Belt Replacement Information

September 2nd, 2015

      Many car owners know the importance of maintaining their vehicle. Most are aware of the major components that need to be maintained to help make the vehicle run how it's supposed to. However, many overlook one special part that is as important as any other main component. That part is called the serpentine belt.

A serpentine belt is a belt that runs through all the major components on your vehicle. Depending on the vehicle’s make and model, the way the serpentine belt runs differs. View the diagram above to get a better understanding of how the serpentine belt works. The belt transfers power through pulleys from the engines crankshaft and any other components or pumps mounted on the engine. In some vehicles the belt can also be guided by an idler pulley ...[more]

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