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Archives for August 2019

Fall Travel Treat: Making Pumpkin Seeds

making pumpkin seedsPumpkin seeds make a great snack to eat while traveling. Packed with fiber, protein, and antioxidants, pumpkin seeds are nutritious too. And the best part? They are free, if you are carving a pumpkin and would otherwise throw them away.

Making Pumpkin Seed Snacks in 6 Easy Steps

Step 1: Clean the seeds and separate them from the pulp.

Step 2: Wash the seeds and really agitate and scrub them until they aren’t slimy.

Step 3: Arrange on a cookie sheet in a single layer coated first with spray oil or olive oil.

Step 4: Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, season salt, dill or any other flavor you’d like.

Step 5: Roast in the oven 325 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until toasted. Stir and move around every 10 minutes.

Step 6: Allow to cool completely before putting in an airtight container. Enjoy!

What are the Best Used Tires?

What are the Best Used TiresIf considering used tires is something new to you, but you’ve heard about the impressive savings that can be had, you may be wondering what are the best ones to buy? Maybe someone has warned you to be careful about buying tires that are used. The truth is,  when purchased from a reputable place like the TireZoo that specialized in selling new and used tires, they can be an wonderful option for many people.

There are reasons to buy used tires, as well as good reasons to buy new tires that we explain in further detail here. 

So back to your original question

The best used tires are not limited to brand, make or model. It has more to do with the condition of the tire and the tread life remaining. When looking for used tires at the TireZoo, we’ll tell you what percentage of tread life remains and about how many miles you can expect to get. We give upfront pricing and let you decide. We also offer a warranty on used tires that is explained here. 

You can stop in either of our locations anytime to ask questions, give us a call, or connect with us on Facebook. 

Are Used Tires Safe?

are used tires safeA brand new car is used once you drive it off the lot. Brand new tires once installed on your vehicle are technically used as well. However, both your new car and new tires have tons of life and safety left in them.

The Safety of Used Tires

Safe, used tires has to do with the quality, tread, condition, and source of the tires. 

Quality used tires should not be confused with old tires or any tire with unknown origins. The condition and safety of used tires depends on your trusted source for quality tires. The TireZoo is here for you! 

We receive high quality used tires from other tire dealers who aren’t able or willing to stock such a large supply of used tires like we do. We really do specialize in a large inventory of quality used tires!

Many places that sell new tires aren’t able to sell used tires. We are able to step in and help out. We take the used tires, and make them available to people looking for quality used tires or to match/change out a specific tire with the exact percentage of remaining tread. Yes, it can be done!

We also get quality used tires from auto dealerships. Many times dealerships take in a trade, but change out the tires with all new tires. This leaves excellent used tires; used tires needing a place to go. That’s where we come in.

 

What is a Tire Alignment?

Tire AlignmentWhat is Tire Alignment?

Tire alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the  tires and wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. You want to get the maximum life out of your tires, right? Then it is important to understand why tire alignment is important. Not only will your tires last longer, but proper alignment helps insure your vehicle tracks straight when driving straight and on a level surface.

When Is It Time to Align Your Tires?

Wondering if it’s time to align your tires? The best thing you can do is periodically check your tire alignment on a regular schedule or each time you have your oil changed or other vehicle maintenance. Otherwise, you can check each tire and look for uneven wear patterns. The problem with this method, however, it may be too late to save that tire if you do find uneven wear.

A wheel alignment cannot be done on a car with loose or worn front end parts. If you take it in, your technician will first check for worn parts and inform you of any problems before re-aligning your tires.

The best type of wheel alignment is a four wheel alignment. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Your car has four tires, so you should treat them equally. Many cars today have adjustable rear alignment settings, but even for cars without adjustments in the rear, a four wheel alignment will allow the technician to identify any rear tracking problems and compensate for them with adjustments to the front.

You should definitely take your vehicle for a drive following alignment work to make sure your vehicle goes straight and the steering wheel is in proper position with the spokes level. This test should be done while driving straight on a level road. If you notice a problem or something doesn’t seem quite right, take the car back and have the technician drive it and fine-tune the alignment settings.

What Are the Symptoms Your Tires Are Having One of Those Days?

  • Unintentionally wandering on a straight, level road
  • Uneven or rapid tire wear
  • Pulling or slowly moving away from a straight line
  • Spokes of the steering wheel off to one side while driving on a straight and level road. (Steering wheel is in an odd position in order to drive straight)

Do you have unanswered questions about your tires? The TireZoo would love to hear from you. Stop in or give us a call at our Bloomington (800.761.2013) or Anoka (800.421.2037) locations.