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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]
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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]
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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]
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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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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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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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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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Wet Roads Can Be Trouble - How Are Your Tires?

June 11th, 2015

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 water very well.

In the moment that a car hydroplanes, ...[more]

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