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Caring for Your Tires

caring for your tiresCaring for your tires is one of the easiest vehicle maintenance you can do. Some of the tasks associated with caring for our tires you can take care of yourself, and the rest it a matter of putting it on your calendar and paying attention to cues that something may be amiss. 

  1. It pays to be vigilant. Pay attention to where you drive. Debris on the road, off road, recent construction area, potholes, speed bumps, etc. Rough terrain can take a toll on your tires and alignment. Slow down or take alternative routes. 
  2. Tire pressure matters. Monitor your tire pressure and make sure your tires are properly inflated, otherwise you’ll premature wear and poor gas mileage.
  3. Frigid temps effect pressure. Most newer vehicles will alert you to a change in tire pressure due to TPMS (sensors), however, pay attention. Tire pressure often drops in tires when temps drop. Add air as soon as possible.
  4. Shaking isn’t good. If you notice shaking or vibrating, have your tires/wheel balance checked. Plan to have this regularly checked. If all is good, you’re good to go!
  5. Rotate your tires consistently. Rotate your tires according to your manual or at the advice of your tire technician/mechanic. Most vehicles recommend between 5,000 and 8,000 miles. This will help your tires wear more evenly, perform better, and last longer. 
  6. Check alignment.  Wheel alignment is also called tire alignment and front-end alignment. It doesn’t need to be checked as frequently as your tire/wheel balancing, but if you notice any pulling, vibrating, or mis-match with your steering wheel vs direction of your car, you should have this checked immediately.
  7. Take a quick peek. Get in the habit of looking at your tires. A quick visual check will help you identify tread, uneven wear, low pressure, or debris in the tire that can help you get ahead of problems and better care for your tires.

 

If you have any concerns or questions about your tires, we’re here to help. We also offer a wide variety of tire services. Stop by either of our locations in Bloomington or Anoka. We’re open 6 days a week and no appointments are necessary.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and we think we have ALL THE LUCK with so many wonderful customers like you. Thank you for your business, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Ready, Set, Rotate Your Tires

rotate your tires and tire rotation informationDid you know? Front tires wear faster on front-wheel drive vehicles

On front-wheel drive cars, it is especially important to rotate your tires periodically because the front tires wear faster than the rear tires. Uneven tire tread thickness, front to rear, will give you uneven braking and poor handling, especially in the rain. If you don’t rotate the tires, you’ll end up replacing them two at the time, which means you’ll always have uneven tread thickness. Replacing tires in a matched set of four will keep the handling and braking traction of the car balanced.

Are you hearing a hum?

On some vehicles, you may experience additional problems if you do not rotate the tires as needed. You might hear tire noise when driving on smooth roads or what some people describe as a humming sound. If you detect a humming noise, check the rear tires right away. You are looking for a “saw-tooth” type wear pattern on the outside and inside of the tire. If you run your hand back and forth along the edges of the tire tread, you’ll be able to tell. It is important to be careful when running your hands over your tires so that you don’t cut yourself on debris or exposed steel belt wire. If your tire feels smooth in only one direction,  you may have found some of your noise. This condition can happen on some front wheel drive vehicles that have tires with tread blocks on the shoulder of the tire.  You will want to rotate this tire to the other side of the car  right away, which should even out this type of wear and tone down the humming for a quieter ride.

Most front-wheel drive vehicles follow this tire rotation pattern

You can rotate tires on your own, although most people find it time consuming and labor intensive. Check your owner’s manual for the proper rotation method for your vehicle. Most front wheel drive cars require the above rotation method. 

If your tires are directional, you will need to rotate only front to rear. If you have a sports car or a European vehicle it is not recommended that you rotate your own tires, unless you are familiar with that vehicle’s rotation patterns. Many of these vehicles have tires that are staggered fitment (tires on the front are different size than rear).

If you have questions about tires, stop by and see us! We’re your tire experts and we are here to help.

Unique Chili Recipe

unique chili recipeThis unique chili recipe is a crowd pleaser! It has some heat, lots of flavors, and features your favorite brew. The great thing about chili is that you can customize it so easily. Don’t eat meat? Leave it out. Don’t like mushrooms? Throw in a different vegetable. This recipe has a few KEY INGREDIENTS that shouldn’t be left out, which we’ll highlight. Give it a try today!

TireZoo Unique Chili Recipe

1 pound of hamburger

1 can of Rotel tomatoes

1 can of tomato soup

1 large can of crushed tomatoes

2 cans of chili beans (any brand, but has the chili seasoning in it)

1 can of kidney beans, black beans, or garbanzo beans

1 chopped onion

1 chopped jalapeno pepper

1 chopped sweet pepper (green, red, orange, or yellow)

1 container sliced, fresh mushrooms

1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped finely

1 bag of frozen sweet corn

1 bottle of beer (Nordeast works great)

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 teaspoon (or more) of Tabasco sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Brown the hamburger and onions, add in the other vegetables, seasoning, and remaining ingredients. Put on simmer or in a crockpot on low. Enjoy!

 

 

Healthy Eating in the Car

Tired of eating greasy burgers and fries while you’re traveling? For some the occasional burger in the car is fine, but travel eating healthy in the carfrequently or take long cross-country trips and many people start craving something healthier. This article caught our attention on Twitter and we thought we’d share it with you: “6 Tips for Healthy Eating While Traveling”. The article has some great ideas for healthier eating choices, although those of us with kids may find healthier eating while traveling still a challenge.

Here are some Tips for Healthy Eating in the Car:

  • Involve your kids in planning and packing; let them know your plans for snacking in the vehicle and when they can count on stopping to eat.
  • Let your kids help shop and cook snacks. Letting them make their own sandwiches marked by a sticker on their wrapper increases willing participation in the prepared foods.
  • Make it fun; maybe you usually buy cheese in bulk but traveling is a great time to let them have the cheese sticks or shapes for which they’ve been begging.
  • Pack water bottles with straws or no spill features; we all know how easy it is to spill while drinking in a moving car.
  • Use those lunch boxes. Kids, especially pre-school age kids who don’t get to go to school yet think it’s really fun to eat out of a lunch box, even it is carrot sticks.

How does your family eat healthy on the road? Also check out our Pinterest page with tons of ideas for eating on the road.