Archives for February 2013

Tires Need to Pass a Lease Inspection

lease inspection tiresThere are a lot of lease deals out there, especially this time of year. For some people, leases make a lot of sense. For others, it’s not the best option. However, if you choose to lease a car, you’ll have to pass a lease inspection at the end of your term. Tires are often part of lease inspections, and The TireZoo has a lot of experience helping customers insure their tires have plenty of tread life and will pass inspection.

Our tire technicians are very familiar with the tread that is necessary on leased vehicle tires. In many cases, we’ve been able to save customers hundreds of dollars by finding quality used tires that will pass inspection. If you have a lease that is done, it’s a good idea to stop by our Anoka or Bloomington location and let us take a look.

Recycled Tires Popular on Playgrounds

scrap tires on playgrounds, crumb tires, recyclingClimbing structures and swings made of old tires have long been a part of playgrounds. One of our most popular blog posts continues to be on building a tire swing. However, old tires are finding yet another purpose on playgrounds.

Old tires, also known as scrap tires, are being recycled and crumbed for a safer, more shock absorbent foundation under playground equipment. Crumbed tires join sand and wood chips as popular playground foundations.

The TireZoo recycles old tires, and you can read more here about the life cycle of tires.

What is your favorite use for an old tire? Have you seen something really unique you can share in the comments?


Remembering to Rotate Your Tires

Rotating tires, proper tire pressure, longer lifeRotating your tires on a regular basis is one of the most simple, yet effective ways of getting more life out of your tires.

How often should you rotate your tires?

It’s a good idea to check your vehicle manual, but as a rule of thumb you should rotate your tires at least every other oil change. Always keep an eye on your tires and how they are wearing, so you can prevent improper wear. And again, consult your owner’s manual for the best tire rotation schedule for your vehicle.

One idea for remembering to rotate your tires is installing an app on your smart phone. There are many apps out there to help remind you to change oil and rotate your tires. Do a search for an app and install. Is there an app you’d recommend and can share with our readers? We’d love to hear from you.

Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe for Super Bowl 2013

pico de gallo recipe superbowlWhether you’re attending a party, hosting one, or simply staying home, it is hard to resist having some good food while you enjoy the Super Bowl. Pico de Gallo is simple to make, with amazing flavor.


1 Bunch of Cilantro, washed and chopped
3 Cloves of Fresh Garlic, finely chopped
3 Large Ripe Tomatoes (any variety) coarsely chopped
1 Yellow Onion, finely chopped
1 Jalapeno (optional) finely chopped
1 Tbls Lime Juice
salt to taste

*Other optional ingredients for a nice variation include sweet peppers, green onions, sweet corn, beans

Serve with your favorite tortilla chips. If you want chips that taste like those in the restaurant, bake chips briefly on a cookie sheet in a moderate oven until warm.

Who are you cheering for to win today?