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Do You Have Good Brakes?

December 26th, 2012
There are some things on your vehicle that you should have confidence in and never worry about. Is everyone buckled up? Do I have a full tank of gas? Your vehicle should make you feel safe and secure, and keep you and your loved ones safe throughout your travel. It goes then, without much, saying that you also need to be confident in your brakes. This function is the one thing keeping you out of harm’s way in the event of an accident or road hazard. Think about it, you do not want to find out in the middle of a busy highway when everyone has slammed on their brakes that yours have not been properly maintained or are failing. Knowing that your brakes are in great condition will keep you safe, and prevent a leading cause for many accidents on the road. ...[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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Breaking in New Winter Tires

November 28th, 2012
 
Breaking in Winter Tires
 
Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step in winter safety and decided to invest in a set of winter tires. There are a few things you are going to want to remember about your winter tires, especially if this is your first time making the transition. A few things you may want to know: 
 
  • Depending on the kind of tires you select, you may notice a change in the feel/sound of your commute. Because winter tires have more of a grip on the road, they might sound louder depending on your vehicle. If you notice it at all, don’t panic. You are only hearing the added contact. If you add studs or chains to the mix, the sound will increase as well, ...[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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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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How Do Potholes Damage Your Vehicle?

August 29th, 2012
It’s peak pothole season out there and no one is immune to their sneaky destruction. We’ve all hit them at some point, and every time it happens, you see it only a second before it gets you, often too late to miss it. These little road hazards lay in wait, with their dips, bumps, and sharp toothy edges, just waiting to ruin your day. They can cause a sudden jolt all the way up to a blown tire.  And, I hate to report, they aren’t disappearing any time soon. Potholes are every tire’s sworn enemies. Many of us are passionate about potholes, as we have personally sacrificed many hubcaps to them over the years. 
 
The way that potholes work is that roads will freeze and thaw causing erosion of the dirt ...[more]
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Boyd's Tire and Service Center Offers New 2012 Back to School Deals

August 1st, 2012

 

 

Boyd’s Tire, with locations across Central Ohio, offers unbeatable back to school specials on maintenance, oil changes, and other quality services. With great deals on high quality tires and comprehensive auto services, now is the time to save big on end of the summer auto care and maintenance by one of Boyd’s highly skilled technicians.

 

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Keep Your Cool This Summer

July 25th, 2012

Before the blazing sun of summer leaves you sweating and feverishly rolling down the windows, consult a mechanic to inspect your air conditioning system for leaks, cracks or other malfunctions. There is no greater summertime discomfort than peeling yourself out of a scorching vehicle. Beat the heat with air conditioning repair. Like most auto repair an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of good. Never allow a tiny problem turn into a disaster; as a minor air conditioning repair is often relatively quick and inexpensive, while a larger fix may not be.

As the air conditioning system in a vehicle ages, constant check-ups and addressing small problems will save both time and money in the future. If the air conditioning system in a vehicle is not offering the cooling power it ...[more]

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