It’s 1pm. Do You Know Where Your Spare Tire is?

tire jack spare tireYour spare tire has a very important job. It needs to be ready to jump into action if and when it’s required. Luckily, most spare tires get very little use. However, when spare tires are needed they have to be ready.

Here are a few key questions you need to answer so you’re ready in the case of a flat tire.

  • Do you have a spare tire? Many new vehicles now days don’t automatically come with a spare tire. Don’t assume you have one.
  • Do you know where your spare tire is stored? Do you know how to access it? Have you tried recently to make sure a bolt isn’t rusted or a tool needed to dislodge it from storage?
  • Is your spare tire in working condition? Is there proper air pressure? Is there any tire rot, cracking, etc that has set in on a tire that hasn’t seen daylight in years?
  • Do you have a jack? A spare tire is great, until you don’t have a way to take the flat tire off the vehicle and put the other one on.

If you need a good, used tire to serve as a spare, stop by the Tire Zoo and we’ll find you one that will work.

Happy 4th of July from the TireZoo

We want to wish you a very happy Independence Day! Both locations of the TireZoo in Anoka and Bloomington will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016 in observance of the holiday. We will reopen regular business hours on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 9am.

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6 Indicators Your Tire Could Blow Out

avoid tire blow outA tire blow out isn’t fun. At best, it’s an inconvenience. At worst, it’s a safety hazard. Keeping your tires in good condition is the best prevention. So, what do you look for that may indicate trouble ahead for one or more of your tires?

Check your tires for one of these issues

  1. A bulge anywhere on the tire isn’t normal. A bulge often indicates internal damage to the tire, and needs your attention right away.
  2. Look for any debris, even small things. If you find anything that appears to be embedded, have your tire repaired immediately- even if it isn’t losing air.
  3. Low tread, balding tires, and/or uneven wear can lead to a tire blow out.
  4. Darn those pot holes! If you have hit a pot hole or any other obstacle, it’s possible to do damage to your tire where you can’t easily see it. Avoid hitting pot holes and report them to the authorities. Stop by and let us know if you question the safety of your tires.
  5. Cracking tires from age, sun, or elements isn’t a good thing. Get them replaced.
  6. Bad stems can lead to problems too. Check over the condition of the tire stems.

 

Stop by the TireZoo and let us take a look at any tires you’re not sure about. We want to make sure you’re safe on the road!

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Pot Hole Season Is Here

pot hole tire damageBefore we know it, road construction around the area will be in full swing and some roads will be considerably less traveled for many months. While some road repairs are significant, pot hole repairs are fairly quick. Given the sheer number of them our crazy weather and road conditions create, it can take some time for cities, counties, and state entities to get to them.

Do report pot holes in your area to the authorities, as they can cause damage to your tires and vehicle. They can also cause accidents and unsafe swerving.

Here’s a great resource for reporting pot holes in MN on state highways.

What to Do When You Get a Flat Tire

flat tire while drivingA flat tire is something that everyone will likely encounter at some point. Even those who take great care of their tires and inspect them frequently can run into debris on the road that can cause a fast or slow flat tire.

Flat Tire While Parked

If a flat tire happens in your garage, driveway, or while parked somewhere, you will likely have plenty of time to think and plan out your next step. It’s more critical that you know what you’ll do if you get a flat tire with traveling.

Flat Tire on the Road

The most important thing to remember when you have a flat tire while driving is to be safe. Don’t keep driving on a flat tire, but make sure you pull off into the safest area possible. If you are on a busy roadway, be mindful of traffic and assume they won’t see you or slow down. It’s better to take the initiative to keep yourself, your passengers, and your vehicle as safe as possible. While it’s not advised to drive very far on a flat tire, you can drive slowly on it for a small distance; enough to get out of harm’s way.

Turn on your hazard lights immediately. If it is safe for you to get out of the vehicle, place reflective triangles behind your vehicle before taking a look at your tire. You have some in your trunk, right? Next, decide if your situation warrants a 911 call, or a call to a tow service, or if you can safely change tires and put a spare on your vehicle.

Worry about your flat tire and if it can be fixed later. Once you are safe, you can print our coupon for a free flat tire fix (up to $15) and come to either TireZoo location so we can help you out.

Holiday Hours

Both the Anoka and Bloomington TireZoo Locations will share the following holiday hours:

Christmas Eve: Open at 9am and closing early at 3pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Saturday, December 26: Open Regular Hours
New Years Eve: Open at 9am until 5pm
New Years Day: Closed
Saturday, January 2: Open Regular Hours

“She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head,And whispered to her neighbor_ _Winter is dead.”

Anoka Location Closed Halloween

Due to Anoka’s Halloween Capital of the World festivities and community celebration, the Anoka TireZoo location will be closed all day on Saturday, October 31, 2015. Our Bloomington location will remain open.

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7 Signs Tires Should be Replaced

You want to drive on safe tires. Nobody likes to have car trouble, and for the most part, you can avoid having tire trouble by replacing your tires at the first sign something isn’t right.

Here are seven signs tires should be replaced:

Sign #1: Cracking- Cracking signifies a breakdown in the tire. Often caused by age and exposure to elements, a visibly cracked tire needs to be replaced before it leaks and goes flat at an inopportune time.

Sign #2: Tire Noise– Unnecessary vibration can mean your tires aren’t balanced or are not aligned. While it can be other issues with your car too, you’ll want to have unusual noise and vibration checked out as soon as possible. It’s good to “get to know” your car and how it typically sounds and drives so that you’re more in-tuned to changes as they happen.

Sign #3: Uneven Wear– It isn’t good if your tires are wearing on the inside or outside of the tire. If you notice this, you need to have the tires check and possibly replaced as soon as possible. Uneven wearing is often a sign of poor tire pressure (over or under inflated), imbalanced tires, or alignment is off.

Sign #4: Low Tread– Low tread just means your tires have likely served you well and seen their better days of proving better safety and traction. Pay attention to low tread and replace your tires before it’s too low.

Sign #5: Bulge- Bulges aren’t normal and are an indication that something serious is wrong with your tire. Often bulges signify internal cords are broken in the tire. Bulges won’t self correct and can cause tire blow-outs. Bulges supersede tread depth, and a tire with good tread with a bulge should be replaced.

Sign #6: Pulling- If your vehicle is more difficult to steer and feels like it is pulling to the left or right, there could be a problem with your tires. Have your tires and your vehicle checked out immediately. While it can be a misalignment issue with your tires, it can also be a symptom of more significant issues with your vehicle’s suspension.

Sign #7: Age- If your tires are getting old, passed the manufacture date, it is a good idea to get them replaced. Vehicles in storage or that get driven small amounts may have tires with good tread and seemingly  good condition. However, tires breakdown over time. Have them check out. To read the manufacture date on your tires, go here.

If you have an questions about the quality of your tires, don’t hesitate to stop by the TireZoo in Anoka or Bloomington to let us take a look.

 

Tire Pressure Light On

Do you know which light indicates a possible issue with tire pressure? There are quite a few dashboard lights, but vehicles use the same icons to indicate possible vehicle or tire problems. Most of today’s vehicles have tire pressure sensors and corresponding tire pressure icons that light up when there is a change in pressure.

tire pressure light onThis icon is your tire pressure light and when it is on, you should consult your manual for proper tire pressure and test your tires. If you are not sure how to do this or have done this and can’t locate an issue, bring your vehicle to the TireZoo to see if there is a problem with your tire(s). It is possible the tire isn’t holding air.

A tire that is perpetually low, despite your efforts to keep it properly inflated needs attention. The longer you drive on a tire without proper pressure (inflation), the more likely you will do damage to the tire. You want to get the most longevity possible out of your tires, and loss of tire pressure can be a simple fix.

The TireZoo fixes tires that are “fixable” and can offer you less expensive used tire options to replace a bad tire and match the existing tires. We want you safe and back on the road; not worried about tire trouble.

We offer a coupon to fix a tire, which you can print here.

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