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Get Your MN State Park Passport

MN State Park Passport

If you’re ready to pump up your tires and dust off your camping gear, then here’s a fun idea for this summer. Get your MN State Park Passport and use the season to explore some of the best hiking, fishing, and camping sites around the state. The State of MN offers a Hiking and Passport Club that awards you with a free night of camping after visiting 25 parks. 

So how many state parks are there in Minnesota? If you have a goal of visiting them all in one season, you better make plans that will take you to every corner of the state and back again! There are 67 state parks in Minnesota, which are all listed here.

Before you head out for long (or short) distance driving this summer, make sure you check your tires. If you are worried about anything or question if they need replacing, just stop by. No appointment necessary, and we’ll give you an honest assessment of how many miles are left on your tires or if its time to find better ones. 

Happy Camping!

 

Free Minnesota Destination Word Find Puzzle

Free Minnesota Destination Word Find Puzzle

Print and have fun finding all the Minnesota towns and destinations on this word find puzzle. If you need help with your tires, the TireZoo is the place to go for new and used tires that will save you money and get you to your destination safely.

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Spring Car Cleaning Tips

Car Cleaning TipsOver the winter, not only does clutter build up in cars, but so does garbage and grime. In Minnesota, it is too cold to stand around working a sucker out of the carpet, so it gets left. Most of us would rather run into a warm building than pick up spilled cereal or sweep out road salt and sand tracked in by a barrage of boots and shoes.

Come spring, many of us have vehicles that look like a battle of sorts took place on the seats, floors, floor mats, cup holders, etc. As soon as the first warm and sunny day presents itself people come out in droves to clean out their vehicles, wash them and do much needed minor repairs. You can even listen for the hum of shop vacs through out the neighborhood being inundated by flying candy wrappers, pebbles, and dropped french fries.

If your vehicle has you itching to give it a good cleaning, here are some car cleaning tips to make it easier.

  1. Bring a garbage can with you and move it around to each of the doors so you aren’t wasting time carrying it off.
  2. Find an empty container like a box, bucket or laundry basket to throw items in that don’t belong in the vehicle like clothing, winter gear, toys, books, extra pens, etc.
  3. If something needs to soak (sticky dried pop in a cup holder is a classic), start that right away. Check your cup holders, floor mats, and other crevasses that need to soak with a warm soapy rag for a while.
  4. For those with really dirty vehicles, it’s about clearing away the chunks, in order to clean better. A shop vac or vacuum attachment will be handy. Make sure to use an extension cord so you can reach everywhere that is needed and open all the doors for easiest access.
  5. Lemon juice and vinegar are great odor eaters, and often a small bowl or moist rag with either of these liquids placed in a safe area (lemon can remove color) can remove tough odors.
  6. Old toothbrushes or washed mascara brushes work great to dust and reach small areas like vents, button panels, door handles, etc.

If you want to know how professional car detailers clean the interior of vehicles, this video goes through some great techniques and tools used to clean tough areas.

Need some inspiration from the pros? Take a look at how this detailer cleans all the interior pieces of a vehicle.

 

 

Do you hire it done or do it yourself? Happy cleaning!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and we think we have ALL THE LUCK with so many wonderful customers like you. Thank you for your business, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Ready, Set, Rotate Your Tires

rotate your tires and tire rotation informationDid you know? Front tires wear faster on front-wheel drive vehicles

On front-wheel drive cars, it is especially important to rotate your tires periodically because the front tires wear faster than the rear tires. Uneven tire tread thickness, front to rear, will give you uneven braking and poor handling, especially in the rain. If you don’t rotate the tires, you’ll end up replacing them two at the time, which means you’ll always have uneven tread thickness. Replacing tires in a matched set of four will keep the handling and braking traction of the car balanced.

Are you hearing a hum?

On some vehicles, you may experience additional problems if you do not rotate the tires as needed. You might hear tire noise when driving on smooth roads or what some people describe as a humming sound. If you detect a humming noise, check the rear tires right away. You are looking for a “saw-tooth” type wear pattern on the outside and inside of the tire. If you run your hand back and forth along the edges of the tire tread, you’ll be able to tell. It is important to be careful when running your hands over your tires so that you don’t cut yourself on debris or exposed steel belt wire. If your tire feels smooth in only one direction,  you may have found some of your noise. This condition can happen on some front wheel drive vehicles that have tires with tread blocks on the shoulder of the tire.  You will want to rotate this tire to the other side of the car  right away, which should even out this type of wear and tone down the humming for a quieter ride.

Most front-wheel drive vehicles follow this tire rotation pattern

You can rotate tires on your own, although most people find it time consuming and labor intensive. Check your owner’s manual for the proper rotation method for your vehicle. Most front wheel drive cars require the above rotation method. 

If your tires are directional, you will need to rotate only front to rear. If you have a sports car or a European vehicle it is not recommended that you rotate your own tires, unless you are familiar with that vehicle’s rotation patterns. Many of these vehicles have tires that are staggered fitment (tires on the front are different size than rear).

If you have questions about tires, stop by and see us! We’re your tire experts and we are here to help.

Unique Chili Recipe

unique chili recipeThis unique chili recipe is a crowd pleaser! It has some heat, lots of flavors, and features your favorite brew. The great thing about chili is that you can customize it so easily. Don’t eat meat? Leave it out. Don’t like mushrooms? Throw in a different vegetable. This recipe has a few KEY INGREDIENTS that shouldn’t be left out, which we’ll highlight. Give it a try today!

TireZoo Unique Chili Recipe

1 pound of hamburger

1 can of Rotel tomatoes

1 can of tomato soup

1 large can of crushed tomatoes

2 cans of chili beans (any brand, but has the chili seasoning in it)

1 can of kidney beans, black beans, or garbanzo beans

1 chopped onion

1 chopped jalapeno pepper

1 chopped sweet pepper (green, red, orange, or yellow)

1 container sliced, fresh mushrooms

1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped finely

1 bag of frozen sweet corn

1 bottle of beer (Nordeast works great)

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 teaspoon (or more) of Tabasco sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Brown the hamburger and onions, add in the other vegetables, seasoning, and remaining ingredients. Put on simmer or in a crockpot on low. Enjoy!

 

 

QUIZ: How Many of these Interesting Places in MN Have You Seen?

‭iconic and interesting murals and places in MN

Whether you’re from Minnesota or new to the state, we have some of the most iconic places, landmarks, historical sites, architecture, and murals you’ll see anywhere in the United States. Some places are well-known, and others are hidden gems. So, get out a pencil and paper, and find out how many of these 30 interesting places in MN you’ve visited.

  1. interesting places in mnLargest Ball of Twine, Darwin, MN
  2. Giant Corn Gazebo, Olivia, MN
  3. Herman Monument, New Ulm, MN
  4. Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis, MN
  5. Jolly Green Giant, Blue Earth, MN
  6. Spam Museum, Austin, MN
  7. Viking Statue, Milan, MN
  8. A&W Family, Pipestone, MN
  9. Mr. Spud, Barnsville, MN
  10. Bob Dylan mural, Minneapolis, MN
  11. The Gnomes, Dawson, MN
  12. Buffy the Cow, Austin, MN
  13. Prince mural, Chanhassen, MN
  14. The Pelican, Pelican Rapids, MN
  15. Smokey Bear, Red Lake, MN
  16. Holmes Tunnel mural, Shakopee, MN
  17. The Original Viking, Alexandria, MN
  18. interesting places in minnesotaWillie the Walley, Baudette, MN
  19. Bronk Nagurski bronze statue, International Falls, MN
  20. Tilt-a-Whirl Cars, Faribault, MN
  21. Tiki Statue, Cross Lake, MN
  22. Rocky Taconite, Silver Bay, MN
  23. Stone House on the Rum River, Anoka, MN
  24. Tow Mater, Wyoming, MN
  25. Otto the Big Otter, Fergus Falls, MN
  26. Canadian Goose, Squaw Lake, MN
  27. World’s Largest Turkey, Frazee, MN
  28. L.L. Bean Boot, Bloomington, MN
  29. Little Elf Tree Door, Columbia Heights, MN
  30. Cambodian Buddhist Temple, Hampton, MN

 

Make sure you check your tires before you head out on a road trip to visit these roadside attractions and places. If our TireZoo team can help find you replacement tires, stop in and see us!

Slippery Roads Safety

slippery road safety with good tires from TireZooIf you feel you’re slipping and sliding all over the road, and there’s barely any snow on the ground, it could be your tires. Winter driving is certainly a challenge, but it doesn’t need to be harder and more risky with poor tires.

People often make the mistake of not checking the tread, pressure, and condition of their tires. They “look” nice, or in their head they do a mental tally of when they bought the tires, instead of calculated how many miles are actually on the tires or how old the tires are.

Slippery Roads Safety

The Minnesota Department of Transportation does a great job of plowing and removing snow, as well as sanding and salting roads. Here is more information about Minnesota roads, safety, and snowplowing.

Drivers can get up-to-date road conditions from Minnesota Traveler Map 24/7.

You need to check your tires and help keep yourself and others safe on the winter roads. Proper tread and condition of your tires will effect how your vehicle handles on slippery roads. Tires can’t always stop you from sliding, but they can significantly improve vehicle response.

So if you’re sliding through intersections, get your tires checked. You can stop by either of the TireZoo locations in Anoka or Bloomington, MN and we’ll help you check your tires and replace any that need replacing.

Game Day Recipe: Spicy Pickle Dip

spicy pickle dip recipe It’s been a while since we shared another good recipe with you. This spicy pickle dip recipe is served, perfect for the big game this weekend. It has a fair amount of spice in it, but it isn’t too spicy. You can serve it with chips, crackers, or raw veggies. Be sure to check out all the recipes on our Game Day Pinterest Board that features all kinds of snacks and heavy appetizers.

Spicy Pickle Dip Recipe

  • 8 oz of softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon of minced fresh garlic
  • 3/4 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1 chopped fresh jalapeno pepper (if you want it more spicy, use two)
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried dill

Mix all ingredients and place in an oven safe dish. Bake at  400 for about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Replacing Tires on a Leased Car

Replacing Tires on a Leased CarThere are quite a few things you should check or replace prior to the end of your lease. Replacing tires on a leased car is something you may need to do, and it’s something we can help you do without spending a small fortune.

Be sure to check:

  • Tread depth
  • Condition of the tire; check for cuts, bulges, or anything that would indicate compromised safety and longevity
  • Double check that the tires on your vehicle match the manufacturer’s guidelines for your vehicle

If you need different tires, the TireZoo can help. We can replace one, two, three, or four tires with quality used tires that will pass inspection!

The tires on your lease return will pass inspection with our help.

Need more help prior to returning your leased car? Here is a good article to reference things you should consider.