No Spare Tire?

September 29th, 2016
Believe it or not, many new vehicles come without a spare tire. Manufacturers have a few different reasons for that, including weight savings, space efficiency, Tires in TNand cost. When you're stuck by the side of the road, though, none of that really matters much, does it? 
 
Instead, these vehicles come equipped with an inflation kit and/or a can of sealant. 
 
Sealant is a gooey substance in an aerosol can that's designed to coat the inside of the tire due to centrifugal force once you get rolling again, hopefully sealing the puncture. These products, such as Fix-A-Flat, have been on the market for decades and tend to work pretty well on a minor puncture. They're not a permanent fix, however. Your speed should be limited after ...[more]
  Posted in: Tires 101

Nokian Tires - Winter Road Warriors

September 22nd, 2016

About six years ago, on the recommendation of another company who had great experiences with the brand, Free Service Tire started carrying the Nokian brand of tires. Nokian is manufactured in Finland, by the same corporation that makes Nokia phones. Nokia is actually one of the oldest corporate names in Finland and Nokian has been in the tire business since 1932.

One thing we know about Finland is their infamous for their snow and harsh winters.  Nokian's winter tires consistently rate toward the top of test results in JD Power, Consumer Reports and other publications. Their tread wear, ride quality and road manners are on par with the best all-season tires, yet they offer traction in winter conditions that all-season tires or even all-terrain truck tires can’t match.

Their innovative tread designs ...[more]

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Things To Look For When Buying a Used Car

September 15th, 2016
Buying a used car is somewhat less of a crapshoot than it was at one time. You can get detailed information on a vehicle's history via the CARFAX report, and a Car buying tips in TNtechnician can use onboard diagnostics to get a good picture of what's going on under the hood and what problems might be coming up. 
 
It's always a good idea to get a mechanic to look over any prospective purchase, but there are things you can get a look at yourself before you spend the money for a professional inspection. These are things which will give you a pretty good idea of the kind of use and maintenance a vehicle has seen before you got it. 
 
-- Put your head against a fender and sight down the side of the vehicle with one eye. ...[more]
  Tags: auto service, mechanic
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Expanding in Johnson City - Second Free Service Tire Company Location

September 9th, 2016

At Free Service Tire Company, we're excited to announce the upcoming opening of our newest retail location in Johnson City, TN. This store makes 15 outlets in our network of tire stores around eastern Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

Tires & Auto Repair in Johnson City, TNOur newest location will be located in the area of Boones Creek Road in Johnson City, TN and will be opening in mid to late October 2016. The new store will feature multiple service bays to make more room for customers for basic preventative maintenance services as well as specialized services and provide the same great selection of tires from brands like Nokian, Cooper, Michelin® and Falken that you've come to expect from all of our Free Service Tire Company locations.

While this new location will allow us to open our doors to a lar ...[more]

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