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The Difference between Winter Tires and Snow Tires

November 26th, 2014

Winter Tires OhioWith the winter season quickly approaching, tire shops all around the country are being asked by customers, what is the difference between a snow tire and a winter tire? What kind of tires should I buy this winter season … snow tires or winter tires?

Winter Tires

  • These tires are designed for clear roads with a minimal amount of snow and/or ice.
  • Winter tires are engineered with a rubber compound that works well in colder weather.

Snow Tires

  • These tires are designed for much heavier snow and or ice at the expense of dry road ...[more]
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Is Your Engine Ready for the Colder Temperatures? - Boyds Tire

November 5th, 2014

 

It’s that time of year again. It’s time for cold temperatures and wet, slippery snow. Winter time is the season that all car owners dread. Tasks such as winterizing your vehicle, getting the right tires, and maintaining your vehicles heating system are not always easy. Having good winter tires and a good working heating system are a must, when it comes to winter driving. Without these vehicle necessities, you’re better of walking or taking the bus.

If you live in an area where it snows, it's important to maintain and service your vehicle to insure you get the best performance and life out of your vehicle. It is also a smart idea to have your heating system checked, before the cold winter starts. We can live without the power ...[more]

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The Benefits of Winter Tires

October 29th, 2014

Winter driving can be an adventure no matter what climate you live in. Driving in snow, sleet, or on ice can make even the most seasoned drivers nervous. If you live in an area that falls below an average temperature of 45 degrees or lower in the winter, has winter storms of snow, rain, sleet, or ice, then winter tires are a great investment to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road this season.

  • Tires OhioGet 4 - Four winter tires will provide the best protection against winter road hazards. With 4 winter tires, you will have consistency in handling, control, traction, and grip.
  • Tread - Winter tires have unique tread, specialized for channeling snow, ice, slush, and water aw ...[more]
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Winter Tire Tips: Buy Winter Tires and Learn More About Them

October 1st, 2014

Stay safe this winter by knowing how to get the most out of your winter tires!

There are many different types of tires that can get you through the winter, and selecting the best type of tire and protection for your driving conditions will help you get through this winter season safely and smoothly. Remember to always check your tires for uneven wear, tread depth, and inflation. Improperly inflated, damaged, or bald tires can be a safety hazard in even the best driving conditions, and with winter driving precautions, can become even more dangerous. Always ask your trusted mechanic if the tires on your vehicle are rated for your weather and driving conditions.

Selecting from winter tire choices can be based on vehicle performance, driving conditions, climate conditions, and other factors. Here are the types of winter tires, and what they should be primarily used for:

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Fall and Winter Driving Tips

September 24th, 2014

Are you ready for fall and winter driving? Changing leaves and snow days can be exciting, but also bring about new dangers for drivers. To keep you and your loved ones safe this season, there are special circumstances to remember when driving in the colder months. More accidents happen in the winter and fall because drivers ignore safety precautions. Here are some tips and important guidelines to follow to prevent common accidents:

Tips to Remember for Fall and Winter:

1. Check your tires. Your tires should be properly inflated, balanced, and have enough tread to avoid loss of traction. Cold weather and temperature fluctuations can decrease tire pressure. Keep a tire pressure gauge handy in your vehicle at all times and check fre ...[more]

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Auto Repair - A Lesson in Investing into the Life of Your Vehicle

September 3rd, 2014

As a vehicle owner, you know that maintenance and repairs are worthwhile investments. Some vehicle repairs can be unexpected but easy enough to fix, a flat tire, a dead battery, or a blown fuse. However, some repairs require more time and more money to fix, a transmission problem, wear and tear to the vehicle over time, or a failed air-conditioner. Regular maintenance is key to prevent most repairs, but you never know what is ‘just down the road’ for your car or truck. Knowing how to make small repairs, and knowing when to take your car in for inspections, maintenance, and repairs is key to extending the life of your vehicle and getting the most out of your investment.

Outside of routine and seasonal maintenance, oil changes, tire checks, air-conditioning or winter-proofing, having a t ...[more]

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Summer Brings the Heat! Time for the Air Conditioning Recharge

July 30th, 2014

Recharge ACBeing that summer is pretty much here and the weather is getting hotter, staying cool is a must. This is especially true when it comes to driving. Driving in a car with no air conditioning can be uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous. That's why making sure a trained technician should complete your air conditioning recharge.

In most vehicles the air conditioning in a car is a closed loop system of tubing that is filled with a refrigerant that cycles from liquid to a gaseous state that circulates around the system again and again. The refrigerant in a cars a/c is what makes the cold air for your vehicle. With out it the a/c will just blow hot air. When this happens all you need to do is recharge your ac with more refrigerant.

Performing an air conditioni ...[more]

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Car Air Conditioning Service Keeping You Cool This Summer

July 2nd, 2014

 

A/C Repair OhioIt's summer again that means longer and hotter days. With the hot weather being here is your vehicles air conditioning system in good working condition. If not or your not sure it easy to find out. Just simply turn on your cars a/c and crank it up to see if cool air comes out. If you have cool air coming out your still good, or are you? The majority of the time your cars a/c will go out during use because of the extra strain, or low refrigerant known as R-134a. The type of refrigerant your car takes depends on the year of your car. Cars that are made before 1994 typically will use R-12 or Freon.

After researchers found out that the Freon or R-12 was one of the leading cause of ozone depletion it later became illegal to use in your car. This is why vehicles b ...[more]

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Have Good Tires on Your Vehicle? Our 2012 Summer Driving Tips! - Boyds Tire

June 25th, 2014

Schedule an Appointment if your vehicle could use a good tune-up or tire check from our certified tire and auto repair technicians.

Summer is here with its hot temperatures and longer daylight. With summer here it also means that more people are hitting the roads for summer road trips and summer cruises around the city. What people may not know is that summer driving is just as dangerous as winter driving. Studies show that traffic accident fatalities increase in the summer due to the fact that people tend to spend more time on the road.

Charles Powell, creator of Passing the Written DMV Test suggest that everyone brush up on their defensive driving skills in order to safeguard their families and themselves every summer.

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Regular Tune-Ups Can Save Your Vehicle

June 4th, 2014

If a tune-up sounds like a simple thing, you’d probably be surprised that many car owners actually forget to have one done regularly. In combination with other preventative maintenance like transmission flushes and oil changes, tune-ups can extend the life of your vehicle by inspecting and restoring vital engine parts. Tune-ups should be done at regular intervals, about every 30,000 miles, and especially in older vehicles. Things wear out overtime, so even if it’s been a few years, you may want to ask yourself: When was the last time I checked my hoses and gaskets? Are my sparkplugs still in working condition? How long has it been since I’ve changed the air-filter or fuel-filter?

Tune-ups can not only replace worn parts they can save you time and money in the long run by preventing costly future repairs, and boosting the performance of your vehicle. If you’ve noticed any of the following, it’s probably time ...[more]

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