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Archives for September 2013

Pink at Minneapolis Target Center in November

mn road trip ideas in and around minneapolisWhat is there to do in Minneapolis, MN and surrounding area in November? Where can you take a short road trip and enjoy great entertainment? Here are some great ideas!

Pink: Is coming to the Minneapolis Target Center on November 2, 2013 on her current tour. Also coming to Minnesota in November are Selena Gomez and John Mayer.

Timberwolves: We’re big fans of the Timberwolves, and there are plenty of opportunities to see the wolves play at the Target Center this season.

Minnesota Wild: Take in a hockey game at the Xcel Energy Center in November and throughout the season. Perfect road trip excuse!

Brad Paisley: Country Western fans are excited to see Brad Paisley live at the Xcel on November 16, 2013

Elton John: Tickets will likely go fast for Elton John’s concert at the Xcel Energy Center on November 22, 2013.

What other upcoming Minnesota events are you looking forward to?

Before heading out for any road trip, check your tire tread and pressure. If you have questions or aren’t sure, please give us a call or stop by either of our locations in Bloomington, MN and Anoka, MN. We’re open Saturday!

What is TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

TPMSIf you have a vehicle manufactured after 2007, then you may already be aware of TPMS. Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) became mandatory on all light trucks (not hauling trucks or semi’s) and passenger vehicles. A law in 2000 called the TREAD Act made this mandate, and since then vehicles have been equipped with a system that essentially communicates with the driver when tire isn’t at the intended optimum pressure.

How TPMS Works

A sensor identifies under-inflated or over-inflated tires, loss of pressure, etc warning the driver to check tires and remedy the problem. Sensors often give advance warning that something isn’t right, and TPMS has been accredited to saving lives, as well as tires, wheels, vehicles, and other damage. Proper inflation of tires also saves on gas. Vehicle crashes are also avoided with proper inflation, as under-inflation is attributed to the cause of about a quarter million automobile crashes each year.

Sensors do need replacing eventually, so proper maintenance of the vehicle and vigilant watch of sensor light indicators help keep a vehicle in top condition. Because sensors and their mounting systems can be damaged with fixing, rotating, or replacing tires, extreme caution is advised. The tire technicians at the TireZoo specialize in tire care and have processes in place to assist you with your tires and avoid damage to TPMS systems. Our tire technicians are skilled in understanding and servicing TPMS sensors. We offer services that include retraining TPMS sensors after tire rotations, as well as replacing valve cores, caps, rubber grommets.

You may also want to read these two articles by the TireZoo, “Things That Can Wear on Your Tire’s Nerves” and “Over or Under Inflating Your Tires”

Here is more information on the TREAD Act.

Tires: P vs ST vs LT, What Does It All Mean?

p Tires are Passenger TiresTires are not the same. Not even close. The TireZoo only carries tires for passenger vehicles and light truck tires. We do not sell tires for tractors, bicycles, or semi’s. Tires are very different, designed to do the same job for different equipment and purposes.

But, what is the difference exactly between some of the tires we carry?

Tires P vs ST and LT Tires

Common tire terms you will hear refer to the type of vehicle for which the tire is designed. P, LT, and ST are all tires we stock at the TireZoo, included both new and used.

Tires (P): These tires are passenger tires. These tires are made for passenger vehicles which make up a large percentage of vehicles owned by the average person.

Tires (LT): These tires are light truck tires. Light truck is a commonly owned truck, next to a passenger vehicle. It is not a truck used for heavy hauling or other purposes.

Tires (ST): These tires are special tires and are used on trailers. These tires have less tread depth and can handle a slightly heavier load; almost 40% more than a passenger tire.

Another article that may be helpful is “How Do I Read My Tire Size” and “What Do Your Tires Put Up With?”

Tire Speed Ratings are something completely different and are explained in “Demystifying Tire Speed Ratings”.

Travel and Go Breakfast

on the go travel breakfast ideasWith kids back to school and families settling back into a routine, mornings can be hectic. For a speedy “on-the-go” breakfast that is ready in seconds and perfect for a walk or car ride if time gets tight, try breakfast burritos.

The beauty of breakfast burritos is that you can add essentially anything you have on hand or that your kids like. Fill a flour tortilla with scrambled eggs, hash browns, meat, veggies, and heat it for a minute in the microwave. Breakfast burritos freeze well, so you can make up a bunch ahead of time. When you’re on the go in the morning or need to hop in the car, travel breakfast food ideas are the perfect solution.

Travel Breakfast Burrito Ingredient Ideas:

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Hash browns
  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Salsa
  • Onions
  • Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Beans
  • Taco Sauce

What other foods have you discovered are perfect for on the go?

For more options, we pin lots of travel food ideas on Pinterest here.