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Debris in Road

Prevent, Remove, and Report Debris in the Road in Minnesota

You wouldn’t believe the items we find in tires. Or maybe you would. If you’ve ever worked a roadside clean up, you’ve seen the garbage and debris that lands along the road.The items pictured above are just a small sampling of the items we’ve found in tires. Some items have gone through both the tire and the rim!

With so many items, it’s only a matter of time before one ends up in a tire. So, what can you do?

First, be aware of your own actions and be responsible for not adding to the debris in the road. Secure items you’re hauling, and never throw or leave anything alongside the road. Small and large items will fall out or blow out of trailers and pick-ups if not properly contained or secured.

Second, if you do notice something has dropped, go back and get it off the road or ditch at your earliest and safest opportunity.

Third, report debris. Safety of yourself and others is important. While it’s important to remove debris from the highway, it’s critical not to put yourself in harms way. To report debris or unsafe roads when they are local, city or county roads, contact your local law enforcement or city/county. For unsafe Minnesota highways, you can find a list of contact information for each area here.

Anoka Location Closed October 29, 2016

Our TireZoo Anoka location will be closed on Saturday Oct 29th for the Anoka Halloween parade, and will reopen for our normal business hours on Monday, October 31st. Our TireZoo Bloomington location will have regular hours on Saturday.


Feedback from Two Recent Customers

reviews-for-tirezoo-tiresOur two most recent reviews submitted to our website from customers are printed below. We appreciate the feedback, and invite you to tell us about your experience here too!

“I needed four new tires for my truck, however, I was unsure what type would be best. The helpful staff provided me with (3) different options – based upon make, quality, mileage and price. Thankfully I was able to replace my tires the next day! The walk-in appointment was pleasantly quick and easy! Honestly, the best tire deal anyone could find!”~ Nicholas Buccelli

I went into the store looking for two used tires. Previously I looked around at two other places. This place was different. I went over to the tires started looking at the selection. One of the sales rep’s helped me out. He really knew his stuff, and I felt at ease. The tire prices are a little on the higher end, but I was willing to pay a fair price because of the service. The next day I stopped in to get them installed. Twenty-five minutes later I was on my way! Great Service.”~  Gary Cushing

Labor Day Hours 2016

Both our stores in Anoka and Bloomington will be closing early, at 3pm on Saturday, September 3rd. Our stores will remain closed on Sunday and Monday for the Labor Day Holiday.

You can stop by and see us during our regular hours (9am to 6pm) on Friday, September 2nd and again when we reopen on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

We want to wish our customers and entire TireZoo team a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend.

Labor day

Learn more about the history of Labor Day here.

David Esquire’s Happy Customer Video on the Fly

We appreciate David Esquire’s kind words and rockin’ video about our customer service, but even more so we appreciate his business. Our team works hard to help customers quickly, while saving them money and never selling anything they don’t need or want. Stop by today and let us know how we can help!

It’s 1pm. Do You Know Where Your Spare Tire is?

tire jack spare tireYour spare tire has a very important job. It needs to be ready to jump into action if and when it’s required. Luckily, most spare tires get very little use. However, when spare tires are needed they have to be ready.

Here are a few key questions you need to answer so you’re ready in the case of a flat tire.

  • Do you have a spare tire? Many new vehicles now days don’t automatically come with a spare tire. Don’t assume you have one.
  • Do you know where your spare tire is stored? Do you know how to access it? Have you tried recently to make sure a bolt isn’t rusted or a tool needed to dislodge it from storage?
  • Is your spare tire in working condition? Is there proper air pressure? Is there any tire rot, cracking, etc that has set in on a tire that hasn’t seen daylight in years?
  • Do you have a jack? A spare tire is great, until you don’t have a way to take the flat tire off the vehicle and put the other one on.

If you need a good, used tire to serve as a spare, stop by the Tire Zoo and we’ll find you one that will work.

Happy 4th of July from the TireZoo

We want to wish you a very happy Independence Day! Both locations of the TireZoo in Anoka and Bloomington will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016 in observance of the holiday. We will reopen regular business hours on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 9am.


6 Indicators Your Tire Could Blow Out

avoid tire blow outA tire blow out isn’t fun. At best, it’s an inconvenience. At worst, it’s a safety hazard. Keeping your tires in good condition is the best prevention. So, what do you look for that may indicate trouble ahead for one or more of your tires?

Check your tires for one of these issues

  1. A bulge anywhere on the tire isn’t normal. A bulge often indicates internal damage to the tire, and needs your attention right away.
  2. Look for any debris, even small things. If you find anything that appears to be embedded, have your tire repaired immediately- even if it isn’t losing air.
  3. Low tread, balding tires, and/or uneven wear can lead to a tire blow out.
  4. Darn those pot holes! If you have hit a pot hole or any other obstacle, it’s possible to do damage to your tire where you can’t easily see it. Avoid hitting pot holes and report them to the authorities. Stop by and let us know if you question the safety of your tires.
  5. Cracking tires from age, sun, or elements isn’t a good thing. Get them replaced.
  6. Bad stems can lead to problems too. Check over the condition of the tire stems.


Stop by the TireZoo and let us take a look at any tires you’re not sure about. We want to make sure you’re safe on the road!

Memorial Day 2016

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Pot Hole Season Is Here

pot hole tire damageBefore we know it, road construction around the area will be in full swing and some roads will be considerably less traveled for many months. While some road repairs are significant, pot hole repairs are fairly quick. Given the sheer number of them our crazy weather and road conditions create, it can take some time for cities, counties, and state entities to get to them.

Do report pot holes in your area to the authorities, as they can cause damage to your tires and vehicle. They can also cause accidents and unsafe swerving.

Here’s a great resource for reporting pot holes in MN on state highways.