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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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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.

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  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

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]

  Posted in: Tire 101

Great Cars for Any Teen Driver

May 4th, 2016
auto repair in Westerville, OHFor teenagers and young drivers, learning to drive is a rite of passage, but it’s also a big, big responsibility…and as everyone knows, responsibility isn’t always something that’s at the front of a teenager’s mind. 
 
There are several considerations to keep in mind when shopping for a car for a young driver. Reliability and low auto repair bills are important, but safety is even more of a priority – and that doesn’t mean just crash protection. It means finding a vehicle that has stable, predictable handling and control, and doesn’t have so much power that a teenager will be tempted to stomp the gas pedal and get into trouble (or have the car get away from him/her).&n ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

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?

  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

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]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Self-Inflating Tires…Soon To Be A Reality?

April 6th, 2016

Driving around on underinflated tires is just a bad idea all the way around. Underinflated tires increase a car’s rolling resistance, meaning a drop in fuel efficiency since it takes more energy to move the vehicle down the road.Tires Ohio

A single tire that’s down by ten pounds of air means a 3.3 percent drop in fuel economy…multiply that by all four tires, and you can figure on giving up ten percent of your gas mileage. The added friction and rolling resistance also means more heat is generated, and heat is the enemy of the internal structure of a tire. That heat will damage a tire to the point of failure. Studies show that underinflated tires are a full 25 percent more likely to fail, and at least half of one-car accidents involve a tire problem as a factor. And still, it’s ...[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]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Mixing Tires – Bad Idea

March 9th, 2016

In a perfect world, all four tires would wear out at the same time. In the same perfect world, everyone would be able to afford a whole set of tires all at once. Unfortunately, things often just do not work out that way. 

Tires Ohio

Sometimes you may just have to replace tires as you can afford them, one or two at a time, but there are some important things to bear in mind if you have to do that. 

If you can only afford to replace one or two tires, it’s essential that you go with tires that are identical (or at least as close as possible) to the car’s remaining tires. That means that internal construction, size, tread pattern and design should be close to the same. Don’t mix winter tires with all-season tires, don’t mix run-flat t ...[more]

  Posted in: Tire 101

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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