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 and 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.
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 kids
--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]
Ever 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]
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 moving, 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]
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 before, 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]
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]
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.
Our 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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