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Free Service Tire Company Marks 97 Years In Business

June 17th, 2016

97 years is a long time to be doing anything, but that's how long Free Service Tire Company has been serving drivers in the Johnson City, TN area. 

Free Service Tire Company in Johnson City TN

We got our start way back in 1919...when Dan Wexler came back from service in WWI and went into business with his friend Robert Wiley. Our name, Free Service Tire Company, came from Dan's philosophy that we shouldn't charge for service...just for the gasoline and tire patches we sold. In those early days, we had a fleet of yellow-and-blue motorcycles with sidecars, which would deliver gas, water or oil to stranded drivers -- cars from the era didn't even have fuel gauges yet! Free Service Tire Company actually offered roadside assistance via motorcycle well into the 1930s. ...[more]

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So You Get A Flat Tire...What Now?

June 16th, 2016

Flat TireNobody ever looks forward to a flat tire, and nobody ever says "well, that was a really good time" after having one. You can at least minimize the damage to your tire and danger to yourself, though.

Flats vs Blowouts

If you get a blowout, you'll know about it right away. Sometimes the tire can fail dramatically, with a bang as loud as a shotgun going off. Other times, it might just be a loss of air and a sudden change in your car's handling, followed by vibration, noise and a pull to one side. If it's a front tire that fails, your car might be a real handful to drive until you can get to a stop.

In either case, your first job is to pull off the road as quickly (but safely!) as you can. Don't jam on the brakes or make any sudden m ...[more]

  Posted in: Tires 101

Common sense tips to lengthen your car's life

May 13th, 2016

Auto Repair Tips & TricksWe all hope our vehicles will last a long time, right? And we all hope to avoid having to pay costly repairs to keep our cars running longer, too. By following some simple, common-sense tips to maintain your car, you can lengthen its life without digging too deeply into your wallet.

Perform regular upkeep and maintenance.One of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to ensure your vehicle stays on the road for years to come is to vigilantly pursue its upkeep and maintenance schedule. All vehicles require periodic work, such as oil and air filter changes, radiator flushing, hose and belt replacement and tire rotation. It isn’t flashy, but just following the recommended maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual will keep your car running lo ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair, Tips & Tricks

Maintaining your hoses and belts keeps your car running smoothly and safely

April 15th, 2016

Auto Maintenance TN & VAAs with all mechanical devices, over time, many of your vehicle’s parts will wear down and need to be adjusted or replaced. Belts and hoses are such parts. However, the good news is, if you have them checked and maintained regularly and replaced as needed, you can avoid the much more costly and potentially dangerous prospect of replacing them after they fail.

Hoses convey liquids like oil, coolant and transmission fluids to various parts of a vehicle's engine and gas refrigerant to its air conditioner. They also maintain vacuums or keep pressures steady in various systems. Hose failures can range from irritating problems, such as air-conditioning loss, to dangerous issues, like your engine overheating, to disastrous, like your transmission grinding itself to p ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair, Auto Repair 101

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]
  Posted in: Tires 101, Auto Repair

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]
  Posted in: Tires 101

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]
  Posted in: Auto Repair, Auto Repair 101

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. 
...[more]
  Posted in: Tires 101

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
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