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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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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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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Seven Things You Need To Know About Tires

November 3rd, 2015

We often see customers who are a little overwhelmed by the tire buying process. There are so many types of tires for different vehicles and different driving styles, all at different price points. Here are a few things every driver needs to know about tires:

Tires in TN & VA

·   A tire is constructed from the inside out, starting at the inner liner. There are 20 to 25 different components in every tire; fabric belts are wrapped around the inner liner, with steel belts, more fabric belts and other materials layered between the tread surface and the inner liner. These layers provide strength, noise suppression and ride quality.

·   Newer low-profile tires are popular with many drivers, if only for aesthetic/style re ...[more]

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Don’t Let Tire Problems Put the Brakes on Your Valentine’s Date

July 20th, 2015
Tires in Virginia & TennesseeDon’t let tire problems get in the way this Valentine’s day. How is your tire pressure? Do my tires need to be rotated? Is it time for an alignment? Do I need new tires? While these questions can seem daunting, with the help of tire professionals and various routine self-checks, any driver can maintain proper tire care and not miss that big date this Valentine’s Day. From tire rotations to air pressure, learning what signals might indicate tire replacement or repair is important for every vehicle owner. 
 
Let’s begin with tire air pressure. Perhaps one of the most obvious tire maintenance steps most drivers neglect until it’s too late is checking your tire’s air pressure. ...[more]
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Basic car tire maintenance and safety

July 12th, 2015

Tires in TN & VAWith so much riding on your vehicle's tires, for safety's sake, it's absolutely critical to ensure that your tires are properly maintained. After all, tire maintenance and tire safety go together like, well, they go together like firm tread on a flat road. So here are three simple things you can do to keep your tires in good shape so that they will do the same for you: At least once a month, monitor your tires' air pressure, check the tread depth and visually inspect the tread and sidewalls.

Air pressure....[more]

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4 Budget Friendly Ways to Improve Mom’s Ride

September 1st, 2014

Auto Repair TN & VA

So we all know that May is devoted to Mother’s Day. In honor of mothers everywhere, here are a few helpful suggestions for you to show mom just how much you care.  
 
1. Oil Change - Getting Mom’s car an oil change would be a nice way to help her get the most miles out of her car. Regular oil changes keep moving parts lubricated, reducing friction and heat buildup, and prevent deposits of sludge and gunk from building up on internal engine assemblies. 
 
2. Wiper Replacement - Even th ...[more]
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Tire safety is only a penny away!

July 29th, 2014

If you like to pinch pennies, with the penny tire test, it takes just one penny to check the tread depth on your tires and decide if they need to be replaced.

Tires TN & VAWith the front side of a Lincoln penny facing you, put the penny upside down in your tread. If you can't see Lincoln's hair (i.e., the tread is covering it), your tread is deep enough. (That means you have more than 2/32" of tread depth, which is the minimum for safe driving.)

If you can see part of Lincoln's hair, start thinking about new tires. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head or above, Honest Abe is telling you, "Replace those tires, now!"

Tire tread should be checked because if it’s worn down, then the tread can't do its job, whic ...[more]

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