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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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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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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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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Helpful Tips For The High Mileage Car

March 7th, 2012

High Mileage CarIf your car has reached the 75,000 mile mark or higher, it usually means at least two things:

  1. You’ve probably been taking care of it, so congratulations!
  2. Your vehicle now requires a little more tender loving care.

High mileage vehicles are pretty common, but without proper maintenance, you may be setting your car up for failure. The car’s parts are getting older and have received a lot of wear and tear. To get the most out of your vehicle, take some of these simple steps to ensure that your car can stand the test of time and keep you on the road for more miles and years to come.

  • Oil Changes:
    This cannot be stressed enough. Regular oil changes are the lifebl ...[more]
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Mark Auto Repair off Your Back-To-School To-Do List

August 10th, 2011
The kids are going to be headed off to school again before you know it, and then of course, the holidays will start coming one after another between Labor Day and the end of the year. There’s a lot to stay on top of, and auto repair should be one less thing for you, the grownup, to worry about as the year marches on. Here are some suggestions for things you might want to take care of before it all starts rolling again: 
 
• Oil Change – Can’t remember the date of your last oil change? Then it might be a good idea to go ahead and set up another one. Dirty motor oil is so loaded with carbon and other contaminants it will begin to form sludgy carbon deposits on internal engine assemblies and moving parts. 
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Lessons in Auto Repair

June 29th, 2011

auto repair westerville ohPreparing to make their way back-to-school, students of all ages from pre-k to college are organized with notebooks and planners completely full with fall festivities. However, most students often forget one of the most noteworthy back-to-school preparations is proper auto repair and tire services. Students expecting extensive back-to-school travel or frequent commutes in Westerville, OH contact technicians of Boyd's Tire and Service Center for useful auto repair and tire advice for any vehicle. Community oriented with Westerville, OH roots - trusted mechanics are proud of their locally owned and operated heritage. Boyd's Tire and Service Center invites customers to schedule vehicle inspections to start their school year with peak vehicle performanc ...[more]

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Road Rage -- Don't Go There!

April 6th, 2011

Our blogs for Boyd’s Tire & Service Center in Westerville, OH generally talk about auto repair and related topics, but today we’d like to talk about something pretty serious – and that’s “road rage.”

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