Archives for April 2012

Spring Tire Check

tire pressureIn addition to checking your vehicle tires over for wear and tear, tread, and proper tire pressure, make sure you give attention to all the tires you own this Spring. If you don’t have a tire pressure gauge, it’s an inexpensive investment. If you don’t have a air compressor, most gas stations still offer free air.

  • Check the tires on your trailer before you start doing yard work and landscaping projects.
  • Check the tires on your lawn tractor or mower before you fire it up. Don’t forget to change the oil on the mower after sitting all winter!
  • Check the tires on your RV when you pull it out to wash it and get it ready for the camping season.
  • Check the tires on your boat trailer before you head to the lake with all the toys in tow.
  • Check the tires on the bikes before the kids head out. You don’t want them pedaling extra hard because of the low pressure.

While we don’t sell tractor, mower, and bike tires, we are here for all your car and truck tire needs. If you’re worried about one of your tires, stop in and have us take a look!

photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker

Tire Rebates and Savings Available Spring of 2012

save money on tires mail in rebatesIn addition to our current Spring Saver Tire Specials at the TireZoo of MN, we wanted to let you know about a couple other ways to save on tires right now.

There are a few tire rebates and specials that tire manufacturers are offering on a mail-in basis. These are offers by the manufacturers and you must contact them to take advantage of the offers.

Continental Tire – Free Nook

Continental Tire is offering a free nook with the purchase of a set of four new tires through May 6, 2012. You can print the Continental Tire-Nook details here or visit the Continental Tire Facebook Page.

Mail-In Rebate – Goodyear or Dunlop Tires

Get up to an $80 rebate when you buy a set of four Goodyear or Dunlop tires between March 1, 2012 and May 31, 2012. Read the terms and conditions and print a Goodyear or Dunlop Tire Mail-In Rebate Form.

Hankook Tire Mail-In Rebate

Hankook Tire is offering a $50 rebate in the form of an American Express Rewards Card on various sets of tire purchases between April 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012. To read on qualifying purchases, terms and conditions of the Hankook Tire Mail-In Rebate, click here.

Stop by either of our locations to buy new tires or talk to a service technician about your needs.

New Spring Tire Specials

save money on new and used tires, tire specialSave on new and used tires right now at the TireZoo in Bloomington and Anoka, MN!

We have two new specials to help you save money on tires and check your tire maintenance off your spring “to do” list!

Spring Saver Tire Special #1

Save $50 when you buy any set of four new tires! This offer can’t be combined with any other offers or coupons. You must mention this code at the time of purchase: Blog Spring Saver or print off this tire savings flyer and bring with you. Hurry, offer expires May 25, 2012.

Spring Saver Tire Special #2

Save $30 when you buy any set of four used tires! This offer can’t be combined with any other offers or coupons. You must mention this code at the time of purchase: Blog Spring Saver or print off this tire savings flyer and bring with you. Hurry, offer expires May 25, 2012.

Not sure if you need new tires? Stop by either of our locations and we’ll take a look.

Make Cleaning Your Gooey Cup Holder a Snap

clean spilled pop out of vehicle cup holderHave you spilled one too many times in your vehicle’s cup holder? Maybe a fast food beverage was left only to seep sticky syrup into the crevices of your cup holder, making it a mess. Here are some tips to make the clean up process a little easier.

Removable Cup Holders

Many trucks and cars have cup holders or cup holder liners made of plastic or rubber that is removable. If you can remove your cup holder, it is much easier to clean. Try running your cup holders through a rinse cycle of your dishwasher (be careful with full cycles that could warp or melt). After the rinse cycle, allow the cup holder to sit for 20 minutes and then attempt to wipe out leftover slime. If necessary, repeat the process.

If you don’t have a dishwasher or are leery of that method, try a bucket of warm, soapy water and drop your cup holders in. They may need some serious soaking time.

Non-Removable Cup Holders

This is much more challenging, but can be done. Have two clean rags ready. Use the first one to squeeze a small amount of warm, soapy water into the cup holder and allow to sit. Use the second, DRY rag to wedge into the cup holder to soak up the water and released residue. You may have to repeat the process until all the sugar dissolves.

For light colored plastic cup holders stained with coffee or other beverages, try a small amount of lemon juice and rub with a clean cloth.

Be a Part of Earth Day 2012

Earth Day April 22, 2012 TireZoo MN Recycle TiresEarth Day is Sunday,  April 22, 2012 this year. If you have tires in your garage or shed, Earth Day is the perfect time to haul them out. Depending on the tires you have, the TireZoo may be able to help.

Old “Spent” Tires

If you have old tires that you are simply storing because you have no use for them anymore, they should be recycled. You can do your part by getting them out of the shed or rubbish and bringing them in for recycling. At the TireZoo, we ship the ‘spent’ tires to a reputable recycler. The tires are shredded or made into crumbs and are used to produce a wide variety of new products! Click here for more about our tire recycling. There is a $3.00 tire disposal fee.

One company doing some really neat things with old “spent” tires is “Flat Tire Decor” in Wisconsin.  Their newest product is their Tube Tote, which is a cool tool carrier. Do you know of a fun new product or project using old tires? Let us know in the comments!

Quality Used Tires

If you have quality used tires in your garage or on a car you’re planning to get rid of, bring the tires in to either of our locations (Bloomington or Anoka, MN) and we’ll make you an offer! We pay top dollar for used tires in good condition. What are you waiting for?

Get a jump on Earth Day 2012! Visit EarthDay.org for more ideas on how to join the millions of people world-side celebrate Earth Day.

Onstar Family Link Lets You Track Your Car

Onstar Family Link Service available to track your vehicleLying just got more difficult, that’s for sure. Teenagers borrowing the car will have parents who know exactly where they are if Onstar’s new Family Link service is activated.

The new service offers both a Vehicle Locator and a Vehicle Location Alert system. The Vehicle Locator will locate one or more vehicles using a visual map with address. The Vehicle Location Alert system generates a message via email or text messaging to let the vehicle owner know specific pre-set information. This new service will definitely allow owners to stay more connected with their vehicles, and likely heighten communication between parents and teen drivers (albeit reluctantly in some cases). A touted benefit of the Family Link service is its hands-free ability to check-in without using a phone.

For more information, check out OnStar or a techie review by Mashable.com: “OnStar’s Family Link is Ready to Reach Out and Find You”.