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Archives for September 2015

DIY Detailing Tricks

detailing tricksWhy reinvent the wheel? Many people have tips, tricks, and methods they are willing to share that will help you with detailing your vehicle. We’ve gathered a few of the articles we thought you could might be able to use or modify for your own use. Be sure to leave your review or ideas on our Facebook page to share with others.

  1. Cleaning vents and door handle scuffs.
  2. Waxing, leather seats, sticker removal and more.
  3. Washing the paint and glass.
  4. Clean your wheel rims.
  5. Remove hair and pet fur (Secret #10)
  6. A few more car cleaning tips.

Seasoned Pretzel Car Snacks for Traveling

Whether you drive carpool or spend time shuttling kids to and from school and activities, life is easier if you have some simple, tasty car snacks for traveling ready to go.

Seasoned pretzel snacks are easy to make and store great.

Season Pretzel Recipe

1 Bag of pretzels (small traditional shape or sticks work great, but if using large pretzels should be broke into pieces)

1 Packet of dry ranch seasoning (find it in your salad dressing isle)

1 Teaspoon of garlic powder

1 Teaspoon of onion powder

1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

1/2 to 3/4 cup of canola oil

Mix dry ingredients together and set aside. Mix pretzels and 1/2 cup oil in a large container or sealable plastic bag. Coat pretzels evenly and add more oil as needed. You only need the oil to allow the seasoning to stick. Next add in the dry ingredients, mix well, and lay out flat on a cookie sheet. Bake at 250 for 1 hour, stirring several times. Allow to cool and dry-out slightly. Place in sealed container and enjoy!

Ways to Save Money on Gas

ways to save money on gasYou may not have any control over the price of gas, but you have plenty of control over the other things that can save you money and heighten fuel efficiency. It’s better for your pocket book and the environment to take a look at these ways to save money on gas and figure out what you can do.

  • Drive less: Limit your driving, map your course, and find more direct ways to get where you need to go. Avoid a “Sunday Drive”, aimlessly driving and burning gas.
  • Get organized: The more organized you are, the less trips you’ll have to make. Get your errands organized and in a logical sequence so you aren’t spending more on gas than necessary.
  • Idol less: Shut your engine off when it doesn’t need to be running.
  • Cheap gas app: Explore an app for your phone designed to help you find cheap gas in relation to where you are driving and save money on gas. Check out Gas buddy and AAA Triptik Here’s a resource for iphone users.
  • Proper tire inflation: Making sure your tires are in good condition, properly aligned, and properly inflated will heighten your fuel efficiency and save you money.
  • Coop: If you belong to a bulk fuel cooperative, check out your options for getting credit for your auto fuel toward your coop and get money back at the end of the year.
  • Carpool: The more you can carpool and take your vehicle off the road (or get gas money from others) the more you save. Look for special perks offered to those embracing carpooling.
  • Coupons and Saver Cards: Your grocery store and gas stations often team up for coupons, punch cards, and other customer loyalty savings. Check into it.
  • Drive better: Simply put, stop hard breaking, fast accelerating, and speeding. It wastes gas and costs more!
  • Fuel Up: Don’t wait until empty and are forced to pay what ever price is set at the nearest gas station. When you aren’t in dire need of gas, you have more saving options.
  • Maintenance: Change your air filter and improve gas mileage
  • Timing: Avoid filling up on weekends and holidays when gas prices usually rise. Fill up on Monday-Wednesday for the lowest prices.

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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.