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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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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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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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Daylight Saving Ends - Check Your Vehicle Lights

November 1st, 2013
Prepare for the end of Daylight Saving Time with proper maintenance of vehicle lighting to ensure safety. After November 2nd, clocks “fall back” which causes most drivers’ commutes to be in darker lighting, being that dusk will occur during peak hours of evening traffic hours. As winter quickly approaches, vehicle lighting should be inspected to ensure optimum visibility for drivers in dim or inclement conditions that command top quality operations of both lighting and windshield wipers.
 
External vehicle lighting serves as an imperative part of enabling vehicle operation and safety during winter months, especially after Daylight Saving Time has passed. Potential for accidents increases drastically as obstacles and obstructions are more difficult to ...[more]
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Get Ready for Summer Road Trips with New Tires

June 5th, 2013

Summer’s going to be here before you know it, and that means time for family road trips! 
 
We know there’s a lot to think about when you’re planning a vacation...money, accommodations, scheduling, keeping the kids occupied in the car...but one thing you definitely should not neglect in those plans is your tires. 
 
Summer road trips are hard on tires. You have to figure you’re in a car that’s likely loaded to the gills, driving for hours and hours to get to your destination in 90-plus-degree weather. That’s a good way to end up with overheated tires, and heat is the enemy of even the best tires. Here are a few things to consider before you load up the car and get going: 
 
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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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9 Tips for your Spring Vehicle Checkup

March 27th, 2013

The temperatures are inching upward, the days are getting longer and the first buds are starting to appear on the trees. Spring is on its way, and  soon it’s going to be time to do a little preventive maintenance on your ride. No need to dread it -- it’s all pretty routine stuff!

  1. Air filter - If you haven’t changed your air filter since last year (or can’t remember when you changed it at all), it might be time. It’s an easy and cheap fix, and it pays off in your vehicle’s performance and fuel economy.
  2. Cabin filter - Older vehicles often don’t have a cabin filter, but it can make a lot of difference in how pleasant your vehicle is to drive. Stale, smelly air? Change it!
  3. Wipers -- Get a good look at them. Are they showing signs ...[more]
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What Does Your Check Engine Light Mean?

October 31st, 2012

Check Engine LightWhen your car's "Check Engine" light comes on, it's usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. But in many cases, it means at minimum that you'll be visiting your mechanic to locate the malfunction and get the light turned off.

The Check Engine light, more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), is a signal from the car's engine computer that something is wrong. Older vehicles may not have this, but any newer vehicle is equipped with a tiny all-knowing computer that will be your lifeline in communicating any problem with how the engi ...[more]

Auto Repair for Traveling the Road Ahead

October 3rd, 2012

tires columbus ohioIn this economy, we do almost anything to save money. From extreme couponing to down grading many facets of our life, saving money is more important than ever. However, how much money will skipping necessary auto repair or maintenance save you in the long run? The average American spends roughly $120 annually on oil changes, while the average transmission will cost nearly $4,000. Let this put into perspective: while saving a few dollars now might seem like a frugal idea, in the long run might be incredibly costly.

Simple auto repair such as tune-ups and oil changes will not only increase the life of your vehicle in the long term, but improve the performance, maneuverability and fuel economy in the short term. Regular auto repair also helps to improve ...[more]

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Preparing for Summer Holiday Travel

July 4th, 2012
Before you hit the road this summer let us assist you in making yourself aware of a few important inspections and checks you can make to prepare yourself for those long, hot road trips. With a quick pre-trip vehicle check-up it is easy to determine how road-ready a vehicle is before experiencing problems on vacation or during travels. Conducting a vehicle inspection before leaving will help to avoid troublesome repairs and prevent potential safety hazards that result from a break down far from home. While some complications are not foreseeable, using the upmost caution and preparation will help to protect your vehicle and its occupants. 
 
Always schedule a tune-up before major trips as even a minor appointment with a mechanic could ...[more]
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