Maximize Tire Life With These Tips

maximize tire lifeHere are a few tips to maximize tire life:

  1. Make sure you buy make/model of tires designed for your vehicle. 
  2. Keep your tires properly inflated.
  3. Look at your tires for anything unusual.
  4. Always check your tread, and watch for any uneven or premature wear.
  5. Check your tire pressure every 3,000 miles and don’t assume it won’t change between checks.
  6. Only inflate tires when cool.
  7. Rotate your tires every 6,000 miles or so to help ensure they wear evenly.
  8. Get your wheel alignment checked as part of your regular maintenance spelled out in your vehicle’s owner manual.
  9. Never drive on a too low or flat tire.
  10. Avoid excess acceleration and braking when possible.
  11. If unsure of something, don’t drive on them. Get your tires checked.

Stop in our Anoka or Bloomington location if we can help you with your tires and answer your questions.

Tire Questions and Answers

Tire Questions and Answers

Tire Questions and Answers

Question: Can I look at my tires and tell they are properly inflated?

Answer: No. While obviously you can tell (visually) when a tire has gone flat, you can not do visual checks of tires to check if they are over-inflated, under-inflated, or properly inflated. Use your owners manual and check your tires with a tire pressure gauge. 

Question: Can I buy only one tire to replace a tire that went bad?

Answer: Yes. You don’t need to buy an entire set of four new tires when one tire goes bad. If your remaining tires are new with almost all tread left, then you can buy a new tire to match. If your remaining tires aren’t new, we can find one quality used tire to match the tread of your existing tires, saving you a bunch of money.

Question: How do I know/find the right size tire for my vehicle?

Answer: Assuming your current tires are the correct size for your vehicle, you can look on the side of your tire. You can also look on the inside of the driver’s side door, or in your vehicle’s owner manual. Or stop by the TireZoo, and we’ll figure it out. 

Question: If I buy a set of four new tires, how many miles can I expect to get?

Answer: It really depends on the type of tires you purchase, the speed rating of your tires, and the kind of use you intend for your vehicle.  As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t had your tires checked by 40,000 miles, you should. If all is well, then you are good to go for a while longer.

Travel Snack Mix: Great Snack Mix Recipes for Traveling

MN White snow Travel Snack Mix

10 c. Cheerios
10 c. Crispix
4 c. peanuts
2 – 10 oz. bags pretzel twists
2 lbs. M & M’s
4 bags white chocolate chips
6 Tbsp. Oil

Mix together cereal, nuts, pretzels and candy in a large container. Melt chocolate chips and oil in microwave. Pour over mix and stir until coated. Pour onto wax paper and let dry. Store in airtight container.

Traditional Snack Mix with a Kick

3 cups Wheat Chex
3 cups Corn Chex
3 cups Cheerios
1 cup almonds, pretzels, peanuts, or cheese crackers
5 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp season salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp white pepper (or if you like wasabi, use 1/4 tsp wasabi powder)

Mix dry ingredients in a large roaster pan. In a small pan, melt butter and remaining ingredients. Pour over dry ingredients, mixing well. Bake in oven at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely, then store in an airtight container.

Do you have a snack mix recipe you’d like to share? Email social@tirezoo.com and be sure to include links to your blog/website so we can pass your ideas along to our readers!

 

Money Saving Tips for Your Summer Road Trip

save money travel by carLooking for money-saving summer travel tips?

With weather that is, for once, not only warm but occasionally downright balmy, the summer is undoubtedly here once again. For many families that means that it is time to hit the road for a much deserved road trip vacation. If you are planning a summer road trip in the near future, here are a few tips to ensure that your vacation is kind to your bank account.

Plan Your Gas Spending Ahead of Time

Car travel is often cheaper than air travel, but it still comes with its own set of formidable expenses, namely gas. Gas prices are seem to be rising these days, and the price per gallon varies from city to city and state to state. Instead of relying on luck to try and find cheaper gas prices, there are actually ways to research the cheapest gas stations in an area ahead of time, such as GasBuddy.com and the US government’s fuel economy map. We’d be remiss if (being the TireZoo) if we didn’t mention checking your tires over for proper inflation and other concerns. Proper inflation will help with gas mileage, and obviously safe tires should help you avoid wasting time and money repairing tires when you’d rather be enjoying your vacation.

Pack Snacks Ahead of Time

Gas station stores make a tidy profit from hungry road trippers willing to pay a markup for convenience. However, you can save a surprising amount by packing your own snacks ahead of time, including cold drinks in a cooler – ice is less expensive than food and drinks on the road.

Avoid Tolls When Possible

The revenue from tolls helps keep certain roads maintained and operational, but that does not mean that you have to use those roads. With GPS units and smartphone apps, along with online trip planning sites, finding toll-free alternatives has never been easier.

There is No Rush

While it seems like getting there as quickly as possible may seem cheaper, and otherwise preferable, to spending more time on the road, flooring the pedal and far exceeding the speed limit is not necessarily the way to go. Not only is speeding dangerous and potentially very costly if you get caught, but high speeds are much less fuel efficient for most vehicles.

Avoid Fast Food Chains

While you or your family may get the craving for a specific type of fast food while on the road, stopping at chains regularly gets expensive and tedious. Local businesses often offer better tasting, more interesting and potentially healthier fare for the same price if not cheaper.

What is your favorite tip for saving money while on the road with the family?

 

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.

Benefits of Buying Used Tires

Benefits of Buying Used TiresThere are definite benefits to buying used tires. There are very good reasons why it might be more advantageous to invest in new tires, but for many people there are plenty of good reasons to opt for used tires.

5 Benefits of Buying Used Tires

  1. Save Some Cash: Saving money is typically the number one reason people opt for buying quality used tires for their vehicle. In many cases, the savings is substantial. 
  2. Environment: Using tires through their lifespan is definitely a greener choice. Many of the quality used tires we have in stock have barely been used, and many have 75% or greater tread life left. 
  3. Flexibility: Another of the benefits of buying used tires is the ability to buy just one, or two, or three tires to replace bad tires and match existing tread on remaining tires. When you aren’t forced to buy more than you need, you save money.
  4. Freedom: If you drive in extreme conditions that would wear down tires faster than normal or pose a threat to wrecking or puncturing tires such as driving in construction zones and off-road, you have less invested in used tires should they cease to be repairable. Nobody wants to buy new tires if there’s a daily chance of wrecking them. 
  5. Shop in Person: At the TireZoo, we carry both new and used tires in stock. You are able to see the used tires yourself and the condition they are in, as well as compare to your other options. With our large inventory of quality used tires in Anoka and Bloomington, seeing the tires for yourself is a benefit to buying online or an auction site. You’ll know you’re getting quality tires and our unique 30 day used tire guarantee. 

Tire Recycling

tire recyclingWhat happens to a tire when it is old, worn, and no longer safe to use on a vehicle for its original, intended purpose? Recycling! Or at least today the answer is tire recycling.

Tire recycling has been around since people realized that having millions or even billions of old tires stock piled in landfills and other places was not a good thing. Every year creates another million or more of old tires. Safe tires are imperative for safe driving, so it’s equally important that people recycle old tires when they’re worn.

Not only is it bad for our environment and unsightly, but tire fires are dangerous and hard to control if in a large quantity. Without proper tire recycling opportunities, laws, and requirements, illegal dumping is also an ongoing issue that we’re all trying to curb!

The history of tire recycling has been an evolution of sorts, but is extremely important. Old tires can be used for a variety of new purposes. From tire swings to potato gardens and art sculptures, people are always thinking of new ways to use old tires. Tire recycling into other products completes the life cycle of a tire. At the TireZoo, most old tires get picked up by a truck, transported to Green Man,  ground up, and recycled. We charge a minimal fee to cover the costs. Stop by and make sure you get any old tires on your property recycled properly.

Declutter Your Garage

Declutter your garage

Is your garage the place that gathers all your household and vehicle cast off items?  Unless you are in the 1% of people who have a garage floor clean enough to eat off of, most of us find clutter builds up over time in our garage. Cold, long winters mean we pile stuff up, knowing we’ll have to spend some serious time cleaning up later once the warm weather arrives.

Guess what?

The warm weather is here, and it’s time to declutter your garage. Choose a nice day with a light breeze, so you can open the garage door. Enlist help from family members, while working methodically through these tips to a cleaner, more organized garage.

Tips to Declutter Your Garage

  1. Create walking space: If your garage is so cluttered you can’t walk or move around, haul things outside while you get organized.
  2. Keep items you use: Items you use frequently all year long should be kept in your garage such as your air compressor, tool box, and maybe your bikes.
  3. Store seasonal items: No sense in stepping around sleds and ice skates in July. Store items in a separate shed, storage room in your basement, garage rafters, totes, or even walls of your garage.
  4. Reduce: While this is a  kind word for getting rid of items, many things need-not go in the garbage. Donate those old training wheels or snowmobile helmets you no longer need.
  5. Find homes for odd items: Do you have a collection of coffee cups building up in your garage that simply need to hitch a ride into the dishwasher? Spend some time putting things away around your house and yard that don’t belong in the garage
  6. Return what you can: Call that neighborhood kid over to get his sweatshirt he left 9 months ago and forgot to come back and get. Return the items you’ve borrowed from friends.
  7. Use hooks and nails to hang as many items on the garage walls as possible, up and out of your way.
  8. Designate totes, baskets, or boxes to gather smaller items like toys and lawn games.
  9. Restock your vehicle: If items were taken out of your vehicle and not returned, make sure you put them back before you need them. Double check you have jumper cables, tow rope, tire gauge, ice scraper, etc in the trunk of your vehicle.
  10. Recycle what you can: Never throw anything that can be recycled. Now days you can recycle almost everything. Batteries, tires, pop cans, wine corks, crayons, computers, etc should all be disposed of properly.
  11. Find a junk service: If you have a large amount of clutter that can’t be donated or pawned off on someone, you will need a junk collection service that will know how, what, and where to properly dispose of miscellaneous clutter.
  12. Reuse: If you have an old cupboard from a remodeling project you could use in the garage, or some shelving units to help you store things, repurpose and use items you already have.

Do you have any tips for decluttering and organizing a garage? We’d love you to share your tips.

Happy Easter!

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

Happy Easter from the TireZoo

Rims and Tires for Sale in Bloomington

rims and tires for saleThe TireZoo in Bloomington has rims and tires for sale. If you’re looking for some new wheels and/or need a new rim and tire, stop in and let us help you find what you need. If you would like to give us a call, we can answer your questions, and in a matter of a couple minutes, we can check inventory in terms of new or used tires, brand, and/or size. Just tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll do our best to help! 

Read more about outfitting your vehicle with custom wheels and rims.

There are no appointments necessary at either of our locations. 

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