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Archives for November 2019

Why did my tire pressure drop?

Why did my tire pressure dropMost newer vehicles have tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) that alert you when your tire pressure is low. “So, why did my tire pressure drop all of a sudden?” If you recently started your vehicle to find an alert letting you know one or more tires have low pressure, it can be cause for concern. After all, everything seemed fine the last time you drove it.

It’s November in Minnesota and winter weather came early. As the outside temperature drops, so can your tire pressure. This is normal, but needs your attention. Check on the optimum tire pressure in your auto manual and adjust it as soon as you can. While your tire pressure could come up if the sun suddenly makes an appearance and things warm up, it is likely you will need to add some air to your tires.

If you drive on under-inflated tires, it is hard on your tires and can cause them to wear prematurely. Also, it will not do anything for your fuel efficiency. If your tire pressure continues to drop or your lighted alerts continue, it is possible for sensors to go bad and trigger an erroneous alert. There could also be something else wrong with your tire. Just stop in and let us take a look at your tires to rule out any other issues that may require attention.

Driving Without Shoes?

driving without shoes MinnesotaDo you drive without shoes? It’s winter in Minnesota, so of course you don’t! But what about in warmer months? 

Driving Without Shoes

If you’ve ever kicked off a pair of flip-flops or high heels while driving, you may have wondered if you are breaking the law. If you live in a couple other states that’s the case, but not in Minnesota. While not the most safe decision, it is actually legal to drive without shoes.

Obviously having a pair of shoes in the vehicle with you is critical, in case you have car trouble and need to get out of the road to fix a tire or walk anywhere. In that case, flip-flops or high-heels may only *slightly help anyway. Here are some other interesting laws in Minnesota of which you may or may not be aware.

Can I drive on a flat tire?

Can I drive on a flat tireHow far can I drive on a flat tire?

So many people ask these questions, that we thought we’d try to help.

If you have a flat on the freeway or highway you need to get to the far right emergency lane as quickly as possible.  If you were driving at highway speeds, like most people do, the tire is a goner. Your first thought should be for your safety, not salvaging a tire. For safety reasons, drive slowly to nearest off ramp, side road, or parking lot.

As far as driving on a flat tire, yes, you can drive on a flat tire. BUT the longer you drive, the more chances you have of damaging the wheel and tire. If you MUST drive, it’s better to take it slow and go the least distance possible (mostly for safety reasons).

The Tire Zoo Recommendation

If you notice your tire is flat, or suspect it is too low, put on your spare tire. Bring your injured tire into the Tire Zoo to get it fixed, rather than driving over on a low or flat tire. If you are on the road, get to a safe place to change the tire. Always have a spare tire along! It’s not worth risking your life to save a tire or wheel.

 

What is E-85 at the Gas Station?

What is E-85 fuel?

Many people see a sign for it at gas stations, particularly across the Midwest. Unless you own a flex-fuel vehicle, however, you are not likely to ever pump E-85. It becomes something on a sign that we look past to see the other prices and options.

What is E-85?

What is E-85?

It is a gasoline and ethanol-mixed fuel. The “E” stands for ethanol, and the “85” stands for the percentage ratio of the mix. In this type of fuel, 85% is ethanol and 15% is traditional gasoline. Just as diesel fuel takes a specific diesel engine and vehicle to utilize, so does E-85. It requires a flex-fuel vehicle designed to burn either regular gasoline or E-85. Considered a move toward alternative or renewable energy, ethanol is produced from corn and is blended with gasoline for a new fuel option for flex-fuel vehicle owners.

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Now that you have this question answered, maybe you have something about tires you’d like to know? Give us a call or stop by.