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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]

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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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The Benefits of Rotating Your Tires

March 5th, 2014

 

Tire Rotation BenefitsTire Rotation: Most of us don’t think about it nearly enough! Tire rotation should be routine maintenance on ALL vehicles and should be done regularly based on your tires and driving habits. Regular driving puts enormous strain on even the highest quality of tires. The front wheels will wear down faster than the back tires due to turning the wheel. Keep a close eye on your tread, tires will start to wear down on the outer edges with normal use, and tires should be rotated before significant wear is visible. Also, uneven wear on other parts of the tires can mean that there is a problem with the alignment or possibly other parts of the driveline. It is crucial to get this type of wear checked out because it may mean the differ ...[more]

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Prolonging the Life of Your Tires

December 4th, 2013

A good quality set of tires should be an investment that will last you up to five years with regular use. In order to make the most of the life of your tires, there are simple maintenance steps you can take, as well as precautions to ensure they last as long as possible.

  • Inspect your tires. Frequent visual checks of your tires can be the first step in preventing premature wear or damage that can become irreparable. Look for debris, signs of uneven wear, bulges, dips, bumps, or ‘feathering’ of the tire rubber.

  • Tire Pressure. Proper tire pressure will keep the tires ...[more]

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Are New Tires on Your Back to School List?

September 4th, 2013

Fall is in the air, and that can mean only one thing: it’s back to school time! As you run through your back to school checklist- pencils, notebooks, binders, books, and tires- yes, you read that correctly: TIRES. Why add new tires to your back to school checklist? Because now is the BEST time to get new tires for you or your student’s vehicle. Whether you are carpooling your students around, want something dependable for your extra-curricular high school smarty, or need that reliable vehicle for your independent college bound kid- making sure you get the best start to a new school year means starting with replacing your old tires.

Safety counts! By swapping out old, worn down, and bal ...[more]

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This Season, Beware of Potholes

May 29th, 2013

 

As the weather warms up, the road hazards of snow and ice seem to fade with the cold, but with changing seasons come new risks to be aware of. Springtime tends to be wet and rainy, with melting snow and ice, and climbing temperatures. This becomes a perfect recipe for creating potholes, those sneaky annoyances that can wreak havoc on your tires. During the winter, cracks form due to moisture and ice expanding weakened fractures in the road surface. As the cracks get worse they can become torn out of the road by the weight of passing cars, winter chains, or studded tires. In areas with heavy spring and winter rainfall sinkholes can form with the potholes, creating even deeper road hazards. Because potholes can form on any road surface, keeping a di ...[more]

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Don’t Let Tire Problems Put the Brakes on Your Valentine’s Date

February 6th, 2013
Don’t let tire problems get in the way this Valentine’s day. How is your tire pressure? Do my tires need to be rotated? Is it time for an alignment? Do I need new tires? While these questions can seem daunting, with the help of tire professionals and various routine self-checks, any driver can maintain proper tire care and not miss that big date this Valentine’s Day. From tire rotations to air pressure, learning what signals might indicate tire replacement or repair is important for every vehicle owner. 
 
Let’s begin with tire air pressure. Perhaps one of the most obvious tire maintenance steps most drivers neglect until it’s too late is checking your tire’s air pressure. Even careful drivers with perfect tire upkeep lose around 1 psi (pound per square inch) per month, culmi ...[more]
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Determining the Age of a Tire

December 5th, 2012
When it comes to determining the age of a tire, it is easiest to identify when the tire was manufactured by reading its Tire Identification Number (often referred to as the tire’s serial number or DOT number). Unlike vehicle identification numbers (VINs) and the serial numbers used on many other consumer goods (which identify one specific item), Tire Identification Numbers are really batch codes that identify several components.
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires that Tire Identification Numbers be a combination of the letters DOT, followed by ten, eleven or twelve letters or numbers that identify the manufacturing location, tire size an ...[more]
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Boyd's Tire & Service Offers All Inclusive Pricing

September 26th, 2012

This press release recently went out for Boyd's Tire & Service Center:

Online and in store, Boyd’s Tire & Service Center’s now offer all inclusive pricing with no hidden costs or fees. Customers can stop in any of Boyd’s Tire & Service Center’s 7 Greater Columbus locations or shop  online at boydstire.com.

COLUMBUS, OH- Boyd’s Tire & Service  is Central Ohio’s premier, locally owned and operated,  automotive service center. Since 1996 Boyd’s Tire &  Service Centers have been known locally for their expert service and unbeatable values on everything from top quality tires and emergency repairs, to basic services like oil changes and tire repairs. At Boyd’s Tire & Service, customers will always be able to rely on some of the most knowledgeable  highly skilled ASE trained technicians in the city, to provide quick and accurate es ...[more]

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Choosing the Right Tire

September 5th, 2012

Choosing the Right TireWe know you've heard it before, but it's critical enough to repeat: the tires you choose for your vehicle are important. It is critical to understand that the tires on your vehicle are the one single link to the road surface. To keep the rest of your vehicle performing at its peak, your tires are the very foundation of your vehicle.

Different quality tires will last for different periods of time, depending on wear and tear. Regular maintenance is key to longer tread life, but tread wears down over time and with use. Once you get to the point where you need to replace your tires, there are several choices that you can make. The easiest choice is get the exact size and make that originally came on the vehicle, when it wa ...[more]

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