As a person on the go, you want to minimize miscommunications that may slow you down and throw off your schedule. So when you take your car in for repairs, you want to make sure everything is clear between you and your technician. Your auto repair shop is likely a busy place on a tight schedule, too, and the folks there are just as interested in getting things right the first time.
Making sure you get pertinent questions answered up front is a great way to avoid misunderstandings later. To be certain you and your mechanic are on the same page, here are some important questions to answer from the get-go.
1. Ask if they are familiar with the make and model of your vehicle.Most repair shops are experienced with all ...[more]
On our Facebook page, we recently posted that you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent with properly inflated tires. It's a good idea because driving on tires at the appropriate inflation level is safer as well as more economical. And to ensure your tires keep that fuel efficiency, you should also consider inflating them with nitrogen. As a dry, inert gas, nitrogen doesn't expand and contract with the temperature like oxygen does, so it maintains your tires at the right PSI longer than compressed air. You can find out more about nitrogen inflation here: http://freeservicetire.com/nitrogen-tn-va.
While we’ve been experiencing a pleasant cool snap this week, East Tennessee’s usual hot, muggy weather is expect to return next week – and with it, greater potential for your vehicle to overheat. To avoid that possibility, here are some tips for helping your engine keep its cool in the summer’s heat.
Keep an eye on your temperature gauge.This may seem obvious, but while most drivers regularly check their fuel gauges and speedometers, many never bother to glance at the temperature gauge until they have a problem. So locate your temperature indicator and make a practice of checking it while driving until you have familiarized yourself with what the usual reading is. Once acquainted with the “normal&rdqu ...[more]
Last week, we enjoyed some cool spring weather. But now, Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of summer – has come and gone, which means hot weather is just around the corner. And on that first real scorcher of a summer day, the last thing you want to find out is that your car’s air conditioner has stopped working after a long winter’s layoff.
And even if your AC works the first time you need it this summer, that’s no guarantee it will be operating at its peak by summer’s end. Air conditioning systems lose between 5 to 15 percent of their efficiency each year because of leaks in the lines, hoses, O-rings, and the compressor shaft’s seal, all of which dry out over time. (Helpful hint: Periodi ...[more]
It's spring in East Tennessee, and that means severe weather can erupt with little warning. Before your next long drive, take a few minutes to make sure your vehicle is ready if you get caught in a sudden storm. The following tips will help you prepare.
First, always make sure your vehicle is road-ready. In particular, check that your tires are inflated to manufacturer specifications and have plenty of tread. Also ensure that your windshield wipers are in good working order and that the blades remove water from the windshield without leaving streaks or smudges. In heavy rain, your tires need to be at their best to grip the road while keeping the car from hydroplaning, and your windshield wipers must be working correctly ...[more]
Rapid, steep temperature swings between brutal cold and spring-like warmth. Torrential rains, ice and snow. Typical conditions for the dregs of winter and early spring in East Tennessee? Yes, but these are also conditions that produce potholes in our roads. And pothole season is upon us, so watch out while driving.
Potholes can flatten tires, damage wheels, struts, shock absorbers and suspension systems and throw vehicles out of alignment. On Interstates or busy municipal thoroughfares, potholes can even cause traffic pileups. So it's best to take a proactive approach to avoiding them.
To keep your vehicle safe from potholes, before you drive, make sure your tires are properly inflated. Tires inflated to the correct pressure ar ...[more]
Vehicle owners are always being urged to have regular tune-ups done on their vehicles. And tune-ups do extend engine life, increase power and maximize gas mileage.
But how does a tune-up do these things? Ideally, a tune-up improves vehicle performance by ensuring the engine's combustion chamber operates at peak efficiency. This is done by performing maintenance that sets the computer, ignition, fuel and emission systems working in tandem.
On older models, a tune-up means checking ignition timing, spark plugs, distributor points, belts, valves, fluid levels, fuel, air and oil filters, idle mixture and other items, then adjusting settings or replacing parts as required.
Newer cars, heavily dependent on electronics as they are, don& ...[more]
If your tire tread can't pass the penny test, or if there are cracks on the sidewall, indications of uneven wear or other telltale signs that your tires are past their prime, then it's time to go tire shopping. Before you set out, here are some tips.
1. First things first: know the basics. Before you shop, check your vehicle manufacturer's tire specifications, which give recommended tire size and type. These can be found in your owner’s manual or on the car’s information placard (located on the side of the driver’s door. And if you want more information on your passenger car tires, for a quick primer on understanding the code printed on their sidewalls, go here: ...[more]
The Thanksgiving holiday is sometimes called the busiest travel time of the year. With severe weather potentially making driving conditions hazardous this year, consider these driving tips to make your trip safer and easier.
Check your tire pressure and fluid levels and fill your gas tank before you leave. Better to do these chores at a time of your choosing rather than being forced by necessity to do them somewhere along the road.
If your windshield wipers are old and leaving streaks, have them replaced before you start out. And if your vehicle is almost due for regularly scheduled maintenance or hasn't been maintenanced in a while, don't wait until after the holiday. Do it now.
Before you leave, check t ...[more]
October is Fall Car Care Month, according to the Car Care Council. So here are some quick tips to keep your vehicle in good running condition as the weather turns cooler.
Battery. Cold temperatures can affect your battery's charge, so make sure that your battery connections are secure, clean and free of corrosion. Free Service Tire will test your battery’s charge free too, through the end of this month when you present the coupon found here .
Gas tank. In colder months, remember to fill your gas tank when your gas gauge indicates it is half-full, and don't let it go ...[more]
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