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Your Car’s an Investment – Protect It

November 24th, 2016

You rely on your car every day, and you have a lot of money tied up in it. It’s probably one of the more valuable things you own…so make sure you get the most out of that investment:

Oil changes: Changing your motor oil at regular intervals will ensure long engine life by cutting wear and friction and helping to prevent the buildup of sludge Antique Carand carbon on internal engine assemblies.

Cooling system: Older cast-iron engines could overheat with no serious consequences, but not so with today’s aluminum blocks and heads. Your engine’s coolant has a finite life and should be changed and flushed at regular intervals to prevent accumulation of scale and corrosion in the radiator, heater core and water pump.

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Winter Tires in Knoxville TN

November 17th, 2016
Are winter tires worth it? The answer is a solid YES.
  Tags: winter tires
  Posted in: Tires 101

What To Do With Those Old Tires

November 10th, 2016

Every year, about 290 million tires are discarded; of those, about 233 million are recycled in one way or another. Shredded tires can be used for playground surfaces, welcome mats, hot-melt asphalt, bark mulch and even made into building material for “green” construction.

But what can you do with your old tires? Here are some ideas:

--Fill a tractor tire with sand to make a great sandbox for kidsTire swing

--Hang a tire from a rope as a tire swing

--Stack a couple of tires on top of each other, bolt them together and paint them a cheerful color, then use them as a planter

--Lay two rows of tires next to each other, somewhat staggered, and use them for broken-field running as part of football conditioning

--Bolt two tires toget ...[more]

  Tags: Tires
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So…Many…Kinds…of Tires

October 27th, 2016

Different Types of TiresEver think about all the different vehicles that use rubber tires? Tractors, industrial equipment, everything else that rolls on rubber?

Each specialized type of tire requires a specialized design for its specific purpose. Aircraft tires, for instance, have to be very robust and handle a great deal of weight and stress, but for only a short period of time. Aircraft tires are often filled with an inert gas such as nitrogen, for more stable inflation levels, and are designed with specialized fusible plugs which provide a safer failure mode (rather than a sudden, catastrophic tire explosion).  

Off-the-road tires, for vehicles such as graders or mining equipment, operate at low speeds but have to be able to withstand severe service conditions while h ...[more]

  Tags: Tires
  Posted in: Tires 101

Free Service Tire Company Announces Fleet Maintenance Department

October 22nd, 2016

At Free Service Tire Company, we know that any business that operates a fleet of vehicles is only as good as those vehicles are reliable. Your fleet is what keeps you Fleet Maintenance in Johnson City TNmoving, and down time means lost money.

That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’re opening a Fleet Maintenance Department for the markets we serve, including Knoxville, Morristown and the Tri-Cities. While it’s true that we already service fleet accounts, we’ve recognized a real need for these types of businesses to offer comprehensive fleet service and tire needs in one central location. This gives us a chance to serve our customers better and connect with their needs.

We’ll be retaining all our current accounts and expanding to take in new business, and will retain a full-tim ...[more]

  Tags: fleet maintenance
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Make Sure Your Car's Ready For Winter!

October 14th, 2016

You know that winter and bad weather are coming. Is your car ready? Here’s a quick checklist of things to get up to speed on:

Motor oil: Motor oil has a tendency to thicken in cold weather, making it harder to circulate to upper engine parts at startup. If you haven’t ever used synthetic oil Winter Auto Repair TNbefore, this might be a good time to start. The flow properties of synthetic oil are a lot more consistent, meaning it doesn’t thicken in sub-freezing temperatures or thin out when it’s hot outside.

Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers only last about a year. If your wipers are showing cracks or chips or losing strips of rubber, go ahead and replace them. Don’t forget to refill your washer fluid reservoir…you’ ...[more]

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No Spare Tire?

September 29th, 2016
Believe it or not, many new vehicles come without a spare tire. Manufacturers have a few different reasons for that, including weight savings, space efficiency, Tires in TNand cost. When you're stuck by the side of the road, though, none of that really matters much, does it? 
 
Instead, these vehicles come equipped with an inflation kit and/or a can of sealant. 
 
Sealant is a gooey substance in an aerosol can that's designed to coat the inside of the tire due to centrifugal force once you get rolling again, hopefully sealing the puncture. These products, such as Fix-A-Flat, have been on the market for decades and tend to work pretty well on a minor puncture. They're not a permanent fix, however. Your speed should be limited after ...[more]
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Nokian Tires - Winter Road Warriors

September 22nd, 2016

About six years ago, on the recommendation of another company who had great experiences with the brand, Free Service Tire started carrying the Nokian brand of tires. Nokian is manufactured in Finland, by the same corporation that makes Nokia phones. Nokia is actually one of the oldest corporate names in Finland and Nokian has been in the tire business since 1932.

One thing we know about Finland is their infamous for their snow and harsh winters.  Nokian's winter tires consistently rate toward the top of test results in JD Power, Consumer Reports and other publications. Their tread wear, ride quality and road manners are on par with the best all-season tires, yet they offer traction in winter conditions that all-season tires or even all-terrain truck tires can’t match.

Their innovative tread designs ...[more]

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Things To Look For When Buying a Used Car

September 15th, 2016
Buying a used car is somewhat less of a crapshoot than it was at one time. You can get detailed information on a vehicle's history via the CARFAX report, and a Car buying tips in TNtechnician can use onboard diagnostics to get a good picture of what's going on under the hood and what problems might be coming up. 
 
It's always a good idea to get a mechanic to look over any prospective purchase, but there are things you can get a look at yourself before you spend the money for a professional inspection. These are things which will give you a pretty good idea of the kind of use and maintenance a vehicle has seen before you got it. 
 
-- Put your head against a fender and sight down the side of the vehicle with one eye. ...[more]
  Tags: auto service, mechanic
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Expanding in Johnson City - Second Free Service Tire Company Location

September 9th, 2016

At Free Service Tire Company, we're excited to announce the upcoming opening of our newest retail location in Johnson City, TN. This store makes 15 outlets in our network of tire stores around eastern Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

Tires & Auto Repair in Johnson City, TNOur newest location will be located in the area of Boones Creek Road in Johnson City, TN and will be opening in mid to late October 2016. The new store will feature multiple service bays to make more room for customers for basic preventative maintenance services as well as specialized services and provide the same great selection of tires from brands like Nokian, Cooper, Michelin® and Falken that you've come to expect from all of our Free Service Tire Company locations.

While this new location will allow us to open our doors to a lar ...[more]

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