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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.

 

Get Ready for Snow Tires

Snow Tires

If you have a set of snow tires you put on your vehicle, now is the time to check on your tires and make sure they are on good condition for another season.

If you use snow tires, but will be looking for a new or used set give us a call. October is a peak season for getting vehicles and tires ready for the winter season. We don’t take appointments, so you’ll be able to get in and out quickly if you don’t wait until the first big snow fall. We’re open Saturdays, so stop in and see us. 

Not sure if you need snow tires or if they would be beneficial? We can help you figure it out. Snow tires are made to handle snow and ice packed roads. They are designed to provide the best grip possible under the craziest winter conditions we all seem to find ourselves driving in at some point in Minnesota. 

We want you to have the safest driving possible this upcoming winter.  Even if you decide not to put winter tires on your vehicle, we can check over your tires to make sure they are in the best condition possible and alert you to any concerns. 

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Slightly Used Tires

Slightly used tires from auto dealerships

Can you buy slightly used tires?
Is finding minimal usage in a specific brand and size an option?

Yes, this is an option. If you are ready for some better tires than what you have, this can be a great option! While some have only moderate tread life remaining, some are like new! How does it happen that the TireZoo has such a large inventory of slightly used tires in stock?

For a variety of reasons, vehicles are traded or sold with different tires that are on the vehicle. We get many of our quality used tires from auto dealerships. They will take in a trade, but change out the tires with all new tires, leaving a nice set of slightly used tires ready to sell to someone needing to save some money. We also receive high quality used tires from other tire dealers who aren’t able or willing to stock such a large supply as we do.

What can we help you find?

Can our sales staff help you find something specific? You can give us a call, stop in either of our Minnesota metro area locations of Anoka or Bloomington, or shoot us this form, letting us know what you’re looking for. Tell us the brand, size, and how many you need.

We offer all major brands of tires in new and used (depending on what we have in stock), as well as lesser known brands:  Goodyear, Bridgestone, Firestone, Michelin, Uniroyal, Continental, Kumho, Mastercraft, Cooper, Fuzion, General, Mickey Thompson, Nexen, Nitto, Pirelli, BFGoodrich, Falken, Cordovan, and many more.

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What is Hydroplaning?

hydroplaningHydroplaning is when your vehicle tires are no longer directly in contact with the road. Speed, water, air, and condition of your tires can all effect how your vehicle handles on the road and if hydroplaning occurs. Hydroplaning happens when a layer of water builds between your tires and the road, which can result in loss of steering, loss of braking, skidding and sliding.

Your tires are designed with treads that help take the rain water on the road and get it out and away from the tire. So what can you do to try to avoid hydroplaning and hopefully stay safer on the road?

  • Check your tires; make sure they are at proper air pressure (inflated)
  • Check the tread on your tires and replace when necessary
  • Rotate, balance and align; this is important for optimum performance, as well as getting more out of your tires for longer
  • Avoid driving through standing water
  • Slow down, especially when it first starts to rain and the water mixes with any oil on the road (making it even more slippery)
  • Don’t use cruise control, cell phone, or anything else that will distract you and take away from very attentive driving.
  • Always wear your seat belt and proper car seats for children

Call us if you are concerned about the condition of your tires. With rain and snow in the months to come, we want to make sure you and your family are safe!

Used Tire Service Place Here in Minnesota

All brands of used tires for sale

If you’re looking for a place to buy quality used tires in Minnesota, look no further. With locations serving both the northern and southern metro area, the TireZoo is your trusted source for exceptional customer service and savings. Stop by and see us Monday through Saturday in Bloomington or Anoka, MN, or feel free to give us a call to see if we have what you’re looking for. We can find one, two, or three tires to match existing tires, or fine a whole set of four used tires. 

Tread Depth: When Do I Need to Replace My Tires?

replace tire tread depthIs your tread depth deep, meaning your tires don’t need to be replaced? Or should you replace your tires soon?

Figuring Out Tread Depth and Whether to Replace Your Tires

You should regularly check the tread on your tires. Check the tread once a month, each time you change your oil, or before heading out on a long road trip. The easiest way to decide if your tire tread is ok or needs replacing is to use a penny. Place it with Lincoln’s head facing down in to the tread. If you can’t see the top of his head, then your tread is likely good. Watch this video to see this tip demonstrated, and stop into either of our metro locations to have a tire technician take a look if you’re not sure. We’ll be happy to help.

If your tire tread is fine, but you’ve had a flat you need to know when to repair your tire. Sometimes tires can be repaired and other times it’s advisable to replace the damaged tire. Read: When to Repair a Tire

For more tips on inspecting your tires, visit Goodyear Tires and Tips.

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, fill out the form below, give us a call, or connect with us on Facebook. 

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