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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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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

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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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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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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Benefits You Didn’t Know About Oil Changes

October 30th, 2015

Automotive technology has come a long way since the mid-20th century, and so has motor oil. A 1940s-era car didn’t feature an oil pump or oil filter. Instead, they relied on dippers on the crankshaft’s counterweights, which would then sling oil to coat crucial moving parts. Motor oils in those days weren’t designed with detergents and other additives to help keep the engine clean; even with frequent oil change intervals, many cars would be in need of an engine overhaul by the time they reached 80,000 miles.

Oil Change TN & VA

Today’s motor oil formulations incorporate additives to suspend contaminants in the oil so they can easily be trapped by the oil filter. Here are a few other facts about motor oil you may not ...[more]

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Six Hot Tips on Cool Air Conditioning

September 12th, 2015

Auto Air Conditioning Repair TN & VASummer is here, and it’s time to start thinking about your car’s AC system! Nobody likes driving around in a hot, stuffy car, and a car with an AC system which only works marginally is somehow almost even worse than one which doesn’t work at all. Let’s go through a few tips which can help you keep your ride a little more comfortable this summer…

Remember a cars AC system is really a heat exchanger which moves hot air out of your vehicle, then replaces it with cold air. One thing you can do to help improve its efficiency is to leave your windows down an inch or two (if possible) when you park the car, helping to prevent excess heat buildup. When you start the car and begin to drive off, lower all ...[more]

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Tips to prevent your engine overheating this summer!

May 27th, 2015

Engine Repair TN & VAWhile 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]

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Tuning in on tune-ups

February 18th, 2015

Tune Ups VA & TNVehicle 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]

  Posted in: Auto Repair, Auto Repair 101
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