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.
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]
As 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]
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]
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.
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]
Summer 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]
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]
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]
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