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The Pitfalls of Potholes for Wheel Alignment

March 14th, 2016

Wheel Alignments TN & VA

When spring is around the corner, pothole season is at its height. We all want to avoid striking potholes when driving if we can, and some ways to do it are presented below. However, if you if you think your car is already feeling the effects of poor road conditions, now might be a good time to consider having Free Service Tire check your wheel alignment.

Potholes can deflate tires, bend rims, and damage your vehicle’s entire suspension system. So the first order of business – not only to preserve your wheel alignment, but also to maintain the well-being of your suspension – is to circumvent potholes’ effects on your car. Here are a few simple rules for doing so.

  • Keep your tires properly inflated. An under-inflated tir ...[more]
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Winter Tires – Yea or Nay?

February 24th, 2016
In a lot of parts of the country, the winters are tough enough that all-season tires just won’t get the job done. All-season tires are a compromise; they offer good year-round traction with a quiet ride, good handling and road manners. They tend to perform well in wet weather and light wintry conditions, but when the snow is more than a couple of inches deep, all-season tires are out of their league. That’s when it’s time to consider winter tires. 
Winter Tires TN & VA
 
Today’s winter tires are a long way from the heavy, noisy, clumsy “snow tires” or “mud grips” that your dad might have had on his station wagon 40 years ago. Modern winter tires are designed for noise, handl ...[more]
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Inflate your tires with nitrogen for better performance and reliability!

February 16th, 2016

Nitrogen Inflated Tires TN & VABecause your vehicle's tires are so critical to your ability to drive safely, you want your tires to perform as reliably as possible. One way to increase their reliability is to fill them with nitrogen rather than air.

Oxygen carries moisture, so tires filled with it may promote corrosion and rust of wheel metals. Corrosion and rust, in turn, can damage a wheel, thus inhibiting its performance and shortening its lifespan. Nitrogen, on the other hand, doesn’t support moisture, so it helps prevent wheels’ corrosion and rust. And that means it helps lengthen their useful service life.

Although tires should be maintained at a constant pressure, oxygen seeps out of them over time. (It’s estimated that tires filled with air lose about 1 lb ...[more]

  Tags: Tires, nitrogen
  Posted in: Tires 101

How To Update Your Auto Repair Routine

February 2nd, 2016
Time has a way of sneaking up on everyone, and so does mileage on a vehicle. If you have a long commute or regularly put lengthy interstate trips on your car, you can easily rack up 15-18,000 miles a year. Even though today’s cars don’t need as much maintenance as cars from a generation ago, it’s still something you can’t neglect. Here’s a reminder of some important milestones for service on your vehicle: 
Auto Repair Routine Tn & VA
 
Monthly 
• Check tire inflation
• Check oil and transmission fluid levels
• Check all lights
• Check windshield washer f ...[more]
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Winter Tires? Or All-Season Tires?

January 23rd, 2016
Winter tires versus all-season tires…which is the right choice for you?
Winter Tires Vs. All SEason Tires
 
The two designs are quite different and deliver different levels of performance and winter-weather traction, so let’s discuss. 
All-season tires are designed as an all-around compromise. They feature a tread pattern that evacuates water from the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplaning, with plenty of small, textured slits (sipes) to add extra biting edges for traction in wet or slushy conditions. 
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Is Your Car Ready to Brake in Winter Weather?

January 19th, 2016

Brake Repair TN & VAYour vehicle's braking system is one of its most essential safety features, and one you use every time you drive it. However, during the winter months, when cold temperatures combine with some of our area's highest precipitation totals, driving conditions can become especially treacherous and braking can be difficult. So knowing how to brake in winter weather is a good idea.

In rainy and especially in snowy or icy weather, your tires don't have as much traction on the road. This means you should take your time when driving. Accelerate slowly, take turns slowly, decelerate slowly and brake slowly.

Bear in mind that you are driving in less-than-ideal conditions, so you need to recalibrate your expectations of how your vehicle handles braking. So allow plenty of ...[more]

  Tags: drive safety
  Posted in: Auto Repair, Auto Repair 101

The Holidays Are Coming – Is Your Vehicle Ready?

December 21st, 2015
Where did this year go? Before you know it, it’s going to be time for the holidays, and that can mean travel in some pretty trying conditions (and we don’t just mean restless kids in the back seat). Is your vehicle ready for some interstate miles?

Winter Auto Repair Checklist TN & VA

 
Tires: It’s a good idea to have your tires rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles to ensure even wear. With that in mind, it’s easy to just schedule a tire rotation with every oil change, since the vehicle will be up in the air on a lube rack anyway. Have you checked your inflation lately? Your ...[more]
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Are All-Season Tires Really All-Season?

December 1st, 2015
We frequently get questions about all-season tires when consumers are trying to make the right purchasing decision for  a set of new tires. As the title of the blog asks…”are all-season tires really all-season?”
 
The answer is: it that depends on what part of the country you’re living in.
all season tires in tn & va
 
All-season tires are a compromise from the very start. They’re designed for a forgiving ride, low noise, decent handling and good road manners. Maybe not as much as what a good set of grand touring tires can deliver, but pretty respectable…and also with an aggressive tread pattern which& ...[more]
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Mark Auto Repair off Your Back-To-School To-Do List

November 22nd, 2015
The kids are going to be headed off to school again before you know it, and then of course, the holidays will start coming one after another between Labor Day and the end of the year. There’s a lot to stay on top of, and auto repair should be one less thing for you, the grownup, to worry about as the year marches on. Here are some suggestions for things you might want to take care of before it all starts rolling again: 
Auto Repair Checklist in TN & VA
 
• Oil Change – Can’t remember the date of your last oil change? Then it might be a good idea to go ahead and set up another one. Dirty motor oil is so loaded with carbon and other contaminants it will begin to form sludgy carbon deposits ...[more]
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Do Your Homework on Tire Safety

November 13th, 2015
We see it all the time…people tend to not think about their tires until something goes wrong. Sometimes, this can mean sitting on the side of the road waiting for help, and other times it can mean more serious consequences. Here are a few things to remember for tire safety as the summer winds down and back-to-school season starts.

Tire Safety TN & VA

Check your tire pressure regularly. This one is really important. Your car’s tires will lose air through the valve over time, and an underinflated tire will hurt fuel economy due to added rolling resistance. Low tires also affect handling and will generate enough heat that they can shorten the tire’s lifespan. ...[more]
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