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]
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]
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:
· 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]
With 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.
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.
With 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]