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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? 
 
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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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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

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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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Auto Repair in Ohio

June 3rd, 2015

 

For great deals on tires and auto repair service in central Ohio - Visit any of our 7 convenient Boyd's Tire & Service locations. At Boyd's Tire & Service we aim to please our customers with excellent customer service, deals on quality tires, and excellent automotive repair in central OH.

With our determined, honest, hard working, and ASE certified technicians we can insure the best automotive services in central, Ohio. Our goal day to day is to get you back on the road as fast and safely as possible. When it comes to tires in central OH, we carry several of the top major tire brands like Goodyear, and Dunlop. With our variety of tires we are sure you will find something th ...[more]

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Spring Auto Repair Service

April 1st, 2015

Spring is here! That time of year again when trees start to get greener, flowers start blooming, the weather gets warmer, and people start to get out more. Know that spring is here and summer just around the corner; people are finding more reasons to leave the house. With all the outdoor activities and summer vacation spots around, more people are finding themselves commuting more often.

After the cold harsh winter, is your vehicle ready for the extra commutes and extra summer drives? If your not sure then it would be wise to get your spring auto repair services done. With the salty roads and cold temperatures a lot can happen to your car that you wouldn't expect. For instance, your exhaust and suspension is the most prone to corrosion and rust. Being that the exhaust is under the car it is the most difficult part to clean salt off during car washes. Also since it's under the car, it's the most exposed part that gets hit by s ...[more]

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Cooling System Maintenance and Repair

April 30th, 2014

With the summer here and temperatures rising, keeping your vehicle’s engine cool is very important to its performance and life. That's why it is important to have your vehicle’s cooling system maintained and working as it should. The cooling system in your car is what keeps your engine at the proper operating temperature. Keeping your vehicle’s engine at proper operating temperature keeps it running properly, giving you the best performance out of your vehicle.

The cooling system in cars usually consists of: engine water jacket, thermostat, water pump, radiator / radiator cap, cooling fan (depending on the vehicle electric or belt-driven), hoses, heater core, and expansion tank.

The cooling process works like this: the coolant in your car or the antifreeze circul ...[more]

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Six Hot Tips on Cool Air Conditioning

June 26th, 2013

Summer is here, and it’s time to start thinking about your car’s AC system! Nobody likes driving around in a hot, stuffy car, and a car with an AC system which only works marginally is somehow almost even worse than one which doesn’t work at all. Let’s go through a few tips which can help you keep your ride a little more comfortable this summer…

Remember a cars AC system is really a heat exchanger which moves hot air out of your vehicle, then replaces it with cold air. One thing you can do to help improve its efficiency is to leave your windows down an inch or two (if possible) when you park the car, helping to prevent excess heat buildup. When you start the car and begin to drive off, lower all the windows for the first minute or two to help move hot air out of the car more quickly, giving the AC system a chanc ...[more]

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4 Budget Friendly Ways to Improve Mom’s Ride

May 8th, 2013

So we all know that May is devoted to Mother’s Day. In honor of mothers everywhere, here are a few helpful suggestions for you to show mom just how much you care.  
 
1. Oil Change - Getting Mom’s car an oil change would be a nice way to help her get the most miles out of her car. Regular oil changes keep moving parts lubricated, reducing friction and heat buildup, and prevent deposits of sludge and gunk from building up on internal engine assemblies. 
 
2. Wiper Replacement - Even the best windshield wipers need to be replaced every 12 months or so. We’ll get a look at the wi ...[more]
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Protect Your Windshield This Spring

April 10th, 2013

This spring, be aware of the seasonal changes that can impact or damage your windshield. Windshield replacement can become costly, and sometimes the damage cannot be repaired. Driving with a broken, cracked, or chipped windshield can obscure visibility and can even cause a traffic citation in some areas. Cracks and chips can spread quickly if left unattended and may require a full replacement for the best safety on your vehicle.

Chips or stars caused by rocks can often remain unnoticed until they begin to spread. During the spring, snow and ice melt, bringing more small rocks into the roadways with the runoff, causing hazardous rock spray. Driving too closely behind heavy trucks or larger vehicles that can flip up rocks behind them can cause a windshield to be repeatedly hit by flying debris. Construction tru ...[more]

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