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Avoiding a Summertime Tire Blowout

prevent tire blowoutThere isn’t always a way to prevent a tire blowout, but on the other hand there are quite a few things you can do to improve your chances of dealing with an untimely summertime tire blowout.

The best place to start is understanding why some tire blowouts happen. According to Popular Mechanics,  “tire-blowout season runs from roughly the middle of May through early October.” The reason why more blowouts happen in the summertime than other times of the year have to do with

  1. Hot climates; Minnesota can be plenty hot and humid in the summer, as well as many other parts of the upper Midwest. 
  2. More travel, Longer Travel; More motorists traveling farther. More people on the roads for longer periods of time and farther destinations simply translates to higher number of tire related issues. 
  3. Towing increases: Many people are hauling heavy items such as boats, campers, landscaping trailers, etc. Industrial and road construction projects send large rigs around the country hauling aggregate and heavy equipment. It’s no wonder we see shredded tires along the side of the road so often! 

 

So what can you do to prevent a tire blowout?

There are things you can do to improve your chances of avoiding a tire blowout this summer.

  • Are your driving habits kind to your tires? Do you drive carefully and slowly so you don’t hit the curb at an odd angle when parking? Do you slow down around potholes and other obstructions? Are you paying attention to slow and avoid debris in the road whenever possible?
  • Do you know what your vehicle tire’s specific inflation amount is?
  • Have you checked your tire pressure when the tires are not warm, but cool?
  • Have you looked over your tires for any issues such as cracking, bulging, unusual wear?
  • Are you overloading your vehicle? Are you hauling too much weight inside the vehicle, trunk, or pick-up bed?
  • Are you giving your tires and vehicle proper and timely maintenance? Making sure your tires are balanced and rotated, as well as other issues are addressed that can cause uneven wear or stress on your tires is important.
  • Is there enough tread left on your tires? Do you know how to tell?

If you have concerns about the quality and safety of your tires, stop in so we can have a look. The time to address tire issues is before you head out on the road this summer.

Memorial Day 2018

Both our locations in Anoka and Bloomington will be closing at 3pm on Saturday, May 26th and will remain closed through Memorial Day. We will resume our regular hours on Tuesday, May 29th.  We wish you a very happy and safe Memorial Day holiday.

Happy Easter!

Everyone at the TireZoo wishes you and your family a Happy Easter and safe travels!

Happy Easter from the TireZoo

Things That Cause Tire Wear

things that cause tire wearCar tires are an investment in your safety! You cannot afford let them deteriorate or compromise their condition. There are some things that wear on your tires, causing them to age prematurely.

Improper Inflation

As the leading cause of tire-related crashes, under inflation is also a major cause of premature tire wear. When your car tires are under-inflated they begin to wear unevenly, mostly around the outer edge and extra pressure is put on the actual framework of the tire which can cause splitting in the treads. Not only is this dangerous and wears your tires quickly, but it also causes extra fuel consumption. With the winter temps, PSI (tire pressure) can drop, causing your tires to be under-inflated, so watch carefully and add air.

Much like under inflation, over inflating your tires also causes premature wear and is the second leading cause of tire-related crashes. Over inflation will cause wear mostly down the center of your tread pattern and can cause cracking in the sidewalls. Check your tire pressures regularly and keep them at the proper inflation level for your vehicle.

Suspension and Brake Systems

Poorly maintained suspension and brake systems will drastically reduce the lifespan of your car tires. Brakes that lock up or drag under aggressive driving conditions, or are worn will cause your tires to wear unevenly. Loose or worn suspension parts will cause your tires to rub against the road surfaces rather than smoothly roll; this can also quickly wear tread.

Failure to Rotate Tires

Not rotating tires at the proper intervals can mean unnecessary wear on tires. Since your front tires wear faster than your back tires, not rotating them means uneven wear between the tires.

Pot Holes

Living in Northern conditions, pot holes are a common occurrence and it is likely that even when trying to be careful you have run into your share of them. These can cause rapid tire wear for several reasons, the main being knocking your tire out of balance. Even what may seem like a small pot hole can cause damage to your tire (sometimes not visible damage) which can cause damage to the cords, and/or your tire to become unbalanced and wear unevenly. Car tires are also susceptible to premature wear if your vehicle’s alignment is affected by a particularly rough pot hole, sliding on ice into a curb, or a suspension component like a strut is broken or loosened by the jarring motion.

Your tires are one of the most important safety features of your vehicle and should be replaced when necessary. Following some of these simple tips will help extend the life of your tires.

Not sure about the condition of your tires or worried about something? Stop in and let us take a look. We’ll give you honest help and get you on your way fast.

 

Extreme Cold and Tire Pressure

check tire pressure in extreme coldRemember to check your tire pressure. It’s easy, fast, and important! In the extreme cold temperatures in Minnesota that we’ve been experiencing, your tire pressure may drop. Some of you may notice your TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) censors indicate low tire pressure.

It’s a good thing to manually check your tire pressure and keep it according to manufacturing specs in your manual. If you are unsure of your tire pressure, have questions about the integrity of your tires and/or question if they are holding pressure, stop by and let us take a look. Better safe than sorry! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Both locations will be closed on December 24th and 25th for Christmas, as well as January 1, 2018 for the New Year’s holiday. 

The TireZoo of Anoka and Bloomington, MN

FAQ’s about Tires & Service at the TireZoo of MN

faq's tireWhat brand tires do you carry?

Goodyear, Bridgestone, Kelly, Firestone, Michelin, Uniroyal, Continental, Kumho, Mast Associate, Fuzion, General, Mickey Thompson, Nexen, Nitto, Nanking, Pirelli, Riken, Bct, Bfgoodrich, Falken, Cordovan

Do you sell both new and used tires?

Yes.

Can I check if you have a certain size tire before I stop by?

Yes! You have two options. You can check on our website for new tires, or call either of our locations to check on our used tire inventory. We’ll be happy to check for you and give you a price.

When shopping for used tires, can you tell me what amount of tread is left?

Yes, we will tell you about what percentage of tread is left. In many cases, we have several options to choose from, and our inventory changes frequently.

How many locations do you have?

Two. Bloomington and Anoka, MN

Can I buy tires from you and not have them put on?

Yes.

Can I have you put on tires that I already have?

Yes.

Is there a warranty for used tires?

We warranty all used tires for 30 days after the purchase and installation on your vehicle!

Do you offer free rotations?

When you purchase a set of four new tires from us we do free lifetime balancing and rotating. Details here

Do you do alignments?

No.

Do you deal with TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system)?

Yes. Most vehicles/tires now have TPMS.

Do you have any coupons or specials?

Yes. You can see our current specials here.

Do you recycle tires?

Yes. Tires that have expired their safe and useful life are recycled. We ship the ‘spent’ tires to a reputable recycler. The tires are shredded or made into crumbs and are used to produce new products.

Do I need an appointment?

No appointments are necessary. Just stop in.

What are your hours?

Our normal business hours are 9am-6pm M-F. On Saturdays we’re open 9am-5pm, and closed on Sundays. Watch our website and Facebook page for holiday hours.

 

 

 

Closed on Thanksgiving

The TireZoo will be closed at both locations (Anoka and Bloomington) on Thanksgiving Day. We will be open regular hours on Friday, November 24. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving

Thank You, Veterans!

We want to take a moment to thank all veterans for their service to our country. Please ask for a 10% military discount anytime you are at either of our locations.

Anoka Location Closed Saturday, October 28, 2017

The TireZoo in Anoka will be closed all day on Saturday, October 28, 2017 for the annual community celebration of Halloween and festivities. 

The Bloomington location will be open regular hours on Saturday.

Thank you for your business and your understanding.