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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

A/C Repair Ohio

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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Tires And Automotive Repair Services Options In Central Ohio

November 25th, 2015

Boyd's Tire and Service CenterTires and automotive repair services are widely available in the Central Ohio area, which lends the consumer several choices. Boyd's Tire & Service Center has 7 locations that offer several numerous tire and repair services. Whether the automobile owner needs a minor tune-up or just a simple service, they will have several different options.

Boyd's Tire & Service Center provides multiple services, which can include ...[more]

  Tags: car maintenance, Brakes
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Back to School Checklist

November 4th, 2015

Goodyear Credit CardIs your child on their way back to school? Make sure you have done your homework to avoid emergencies before they happen. Being proactive can save you time, money and possibly injury. Come in today, and we can help you with the back to school checklist to make sure your child’s vehicle is ready for school.

Regardless of how much we try to prevent emergencies, we all know...they happen. Did you know you can buy tires with the Goodyear credit card with 6 months no interest*? Not that your child would want to use a credit card for anything other than the “have to’s” for school, but this credit card can’t be used on things ot ...[more]

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Winter Tire Decision Guide - Boyds Tire

October 28th, 2015

Winter Tires Ohio     It's obvious that winter tires make an automobile easier and safer to drive in harsh winter climates. It also can be a confusing and difficult decision, when deciding which winter tires to buy for your vehicle. Getting optimum winter performance from your vehicle is important and also requires a little knowledge as to which tires best fit your vehicle.

What makes a winter tire different from any other tire?

The traditional "all season" tire balances dry pavement grip with wet and mild winter performance. However, severe cold can make the rubber compound on the tread brittle and reduce grip. The "M&S" and "M+S" found on some tires stands for "mud and snow". This doesn't mean it is a wi ...[more]

  Posted in: Tire 101

Winter Driving and Tire Tips - Boyds Tire

October 7th, 2015

 

    Winter Driving Tips OhioNo one likes driving in the snow, especially during a winter storm. We all try to avoid it, but sometimes we can't, and we get caught in the middle of it. When this happens, it is important to know what to do and how to prepare yourself. The first thing you should do is decrease your speed and give yourself plenty of room to stop. Second, turn on your lights and windshield wipers. Finally, don't try to pass anyone on the road, even if you think your vehicle can handle the conditions. All vehicles including all wheel drive vehicles and trucks encounter problems on winter roads.

     It is important that we all be courteous and respectful to each other, when it ...[more]

  Posted in: Tire 101

The Importance of Spark Plugs

September 30th, 2015

Spark PlugsSpark plugs play a major role in starting your vehicle. Without them your vehicle wouldn't start, so maintaining them is very important. A standard copper spark plug can last anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 miles. A spark plug that is made with more expensive material, like platinum, can last much longer. Even though spark plugs can last tens of thousands of miles, it is remains important to change them every few years.

There are several parts that make up a spark plug. Each part takes a crucial to how spark plugs function. A sp ...[more]

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Serpentine Belt Replacement Information

September 2nd, 2015

      Many car owners know the importance of maintaining their vehicle. Most are aware of the major components that need to be maintained to help make the vehicle run how it's supposed to. However, many overlook one special part that is as important as any other main component. That part is called the serpentine belt.

A serpentine belt is a belt that runs through all the major components on your vehicle. Depending on the vehicle’s make and model, the way the serpentine belt runs differs. View the diagram above to get a better understanding of how the serpentine belt works. The belt transfers power through pulleys from the engines crankshaft and any other components or pumps mounted on the engine. In some vehicles the belt can also be guided by an idler pulley ...[more]

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Fall Preventative Flush and Fill Service

August 26th, 2015

Fluid Flush OhioIt’s that time of the season to get your system check-up and find out, if you need any fluids flushed and or filled. Your vehicle relies on a variety of fluids, such as coolant fluids and transmission fluids, to keep it running properly. If you don’t regularly maintain your vehicle’s fluid levels, the result could be catastrophic and costly damages, which could be easily avoided by just maintaining your vehicle properly.

If you’re not sure how often you should have your vehicle fluids serviced, check your owner’s manual, or come by our store, so we can have one of our qualified technicians help you out. If you know you need to get your fluids checked, simply schedule an appointment.

A few of t ...[more]

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4 Simple Tips to Help All Terrain Tires Last Longer

August 5th, 2015

 

Tires OhioWe are going to outline a few tips everyone should be aware of with all terrain vehicles that are equipped with all terrain tires. Trucks and sport utility vehicles are extremely popular, so we know how important it is to everyone that these vehicles are taken care of correctly.

Tip 1: The most common way a tire wears out, is by quickly braking or slamming on your brakes. It’s best to avoid sudden braking as much as you can. Only brake like this if it’s an absolute must. Instead, simply step on your brakes steadily and in a slow manner. This actually preserves the tire but also helps with fuel efficiency. Slamming on the brakes is a great way to eat up the fuel in your vehicle like an angry monster.

T ...[more]

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