How to Read a Tire

How to read a tire isn’t as difficult at it may initially seem. Should you need to tell someone what kind of replacement tire you need for your vehicle, you can find it in your manual or usually on the inside of your driver’s side door. You can also always check the tire itself, and here is how to read a tire and what the numbers mean. Granted the printing may not be in white, but rather raised letters and numbers. 

how to read a tire

If you have any questions about the type or size tire you need, just stop by either of our locations in Anoka or Bloomington, MN and we’ll take a look. We can find you what you need in new or quality used tires, in one, two, three, or sets of four.

TireZoo Reviews

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TireZoo Reviews from Clients:

“I know where I am getting tires from now on, TireZoo was great with their services, time, and professionalism, great place to go for slightly used tires. Thanks Guys” Kristie

“Hey, likewise @TireZoo !! You guys have always taken care of me with great products, service, & prices #wordofmouth” @isaac_merchserv via Twitter

“@tirezoo fixed me up with new meats for my Jeep. Great service, great price.” @wwdevins via Twitter

“#1 in Customer Service and have very good prices. Had a issue with one of the tires i purchased and they were quick to warranty it and get it replaced in no time at all. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a decent set of tires.” J.S.

“Purchased wheels at a great price!” T.B.

“@DeRushaJ @tirezoo That’s where I go!! Yes, great!” TM via Twitter

“Not a sponsored tweet: @tirezoo in Anoka has great service.” That is all. Jason D. via Twitter

“Just last week went in to the Bloomington location. I am glad I was referred to go there by a friend. I am a single mom of two boys and on a budget and they put new wheels and tires on my car!! I felt the prices were the cheapest around town!”  Renee via Facebook

“Wow. Really great service at @tirezoo in Bloomington. Got yourself a repeat customer and will be sending people. #gettingtires” via Twitter~ Nick T.

“I am very pleased with the service from Tire Zoo.” Laurie A.

“I purchased 2 used tires, a week later I had a problem. I went back and was taken care of quickly and courteously. I will be a return customer. Thank you” Laurie

“I’m kind of a novice tire guy. These guys were friendly, knowledgeable, and quick. I told my gearhead buddy what I paid for them installed and he thought I was kidding. Needless to say, he went shortly afterwards. Not sure how these guys pull it off, but my entire family goes out of their way to come up here. We live in Burnsville. Thanks Tirezoo!” Reno via Google

“I bought my first set of used tires from the TireZoo, and found out how good used tires can be; and how much I can save. They are very trustworthy and fast.” Anonymous via Google

“Nice tires for cheap price, very happy” Tink via Google

“Tire Zoo! I found you today on the internet, talked to Pete who was so helpful. Stopped by your Bloomington location and within 20 minutes Paul had solved my tire problem. Thanks guys! Your advice and expertise helped me save hundreds of dollars this holiday season and I’ll be back in 20,000 miles when I need a full set of all weather tires!” E.G. via Facebook

“Exceptional Service-I will be returning to these guys for all of my tires. Cal helped me out and took the time to explain all of my options it was the most professional service I’ve received at any store, bar none. Thanks Guys You Have A Customer For Life.” Dean2007 via CitySearch Reviews

“Nice people, put my summer tires on for much less than their competitors. I’ll go back again.” Tom via Google

Five Stars from RJ on Google Local Reviews

“Had a rear tire fixed and couldn’t be happier with the experience. Fast and easily the best price around. I highly recommend this place.” Osbourne cox via Google

“Excellent service. Excellent prices. Saved me $450 by fixing a tire other mechanics at corporate shops said needed to be replaced along with the other three for even wear. Fact: Tire shops can even the wear on tires to match the level of wear on your other three. This place was honest and just plugged the hole instead of trying to sell me a new or used one. I know were I’ll be going when time comes for tire replacement. Thanks TireZoo!” SavyConsumer via Google

“Super fast service!” Michael via Google

“Purchased wheels at a great price!” Troy via Google

“Great tires at a great price. I would definitely check them out next time I need tires just because of the price, but because of how well they’ve taken care of me after the sale I won’t even shop around, I will just buy tires from them, they are MY tire guys.” Mike via Google

“I was amazed. I needed a couple of used tires for an old utility trailer. I was taken to the used tires and shown the options. After making my selection, I was told the exact price and that they would be ready in 10-15 minutes. I ran an errand to one store and they were ready. I am exceptionally pleased with the service and the price. I will tell my friends!” FlashGorden via Google

“Thought I needed a new set of 4 tires. I gave them a call and they had my tire with a similar (50%) tread depth. Cost me 10% of what a new set would have cost. The guy said it would take about 45 minutes to get the car in and get the tire on….I was out of there in 20 minutes. Very happy!” Jonanthan via Google

“Tire Zoo is a great shop with good service and good pricing! I have recommended to everyone that says they need tires! Every time I just drop in they take care of me right away, with no appt. THANKS TIREZOO!” Deni via Google

“Great service and prices. I had new tires put on my car very quickly with no appointment.” Srebla via Google

“Best Prices, Best Selection, and Best Customer Service in Minnesota! Since I know very little about tires, I thought I would be taken advantage of and be sold the most expensive tires (which has happened in the past at Discount Tires), but after explaining my driving situation and needs for my tires (high mileage/low cost) I was offered a variety of sets of tires that met my requirements and a knowledgeable explanation of how each could benefit my commute. Not only did I get a great set of tires, but quick mounting and balancing, and friendly, knowledgeable service! I will be back for new tires on my wife’s car very soon and recommend Tire Zoo/All Season Tire to all my friends and family….. I never thought I would be so excited about purchasing tires!” Kyle via Google

“You guys are awesome! Thanks for making a stressful situation so easy! Gonna tell everyone I know about you! Thanks for being such a trusted place.” Dawn S. via Facebook

“My son’s minor mishap bouncing off a curb caused rim and wheel damage. I was VERY pleased with the repair costs and service from your Bloomington facility. It was one of those times I was stressed yet couldn’t have been happier with my experience with you. Thank you!” Randy W. via website

“Wow, fast service at a great price. Check Tire Zoo first!” Tom via Google

“I needed new tires for my VW Jetta. Last time I purchased new off-brand tires and paid $1,000. This time I went to TireZoo and got a set of Michelin tires with 75% of the original tread wear remaining for $300. Not only did I save money, but the staff had me in & out in about 45 minutes. I love these guys!” Brian T. via Facebook

“I just bought used tires for the first time in my life, and I can’t believe what I’ve been missing. The tires I bought are like-new and have 30,000+ miles left on them. I saved some significant money and have the peace of mind that the help at the TireZoo know what they are doing and stand behind the product and service. Best of all, people will stop telling me that my tires are bald. 🙂 Thanks TireZoo in Bloomington!” Beth G.

“I was in serious need for new tires but could not bring myself to spend that kind of money. A friend recommend I check out tirezoo.com. I got four new “used” tires, 85% tread life for a great price. And, they got them installed and balanced in 42 minutes. How cool is that. Never buying new tires again!” CanadianDude via Google

“My wife and I have used All Season Tire for the past 10 years when purchasing both new and used tires and also for our tire repair needs. There is never pressure to purchase the most expensive tires that you often will find at 99% of all other tire shops. They outfit your vehicle with superior quality tires that also fit into your budget, they take the time to explain everything to you and answer your questions, and serve all of their customers with honesty and integrity. We plan on using them for many years to come.”  Brian J.

“You guys are the greatest tire distributors in the history of the planet.” SM via Fan Page

“Fastest most professional service in town” AA via Google Reviews

“We have been outfitting mine and my families tires with All Season/TireZoo for years. Their knowledge of what you need when you explain what you do with your vehicle is second to none. Forget being sold the top of the line tire to pad commissions, when a $70 Radial is all you need. I seriously couldn’t recommend these guys higher.‎” TM via Google Reviews

“I don’t live nearby anymore but still go back every time. The used tires are super cheap and reliable. When I got one today it was mounted and ready to roll in under 10 minutes.‎” J via Google Reviews

MN Road Construction

mn road constructionThere are plenty of MN road construction projects each summer, and this one is no exception. While road construction and detours can be a headache, it’s good to remember that roads in good condition help to keep our vehicles and tires in better condition. Hitting rutty roads and potholes take a toll on tires and can cause damage.

The best place to check for closed, detours, and slow downs due to construction is the current construction page of the MN Department of Transportation website.  For current travel conditions and alerts, visit MN 511. To report a hazardous road condition, debris, or potholes, go here.

If you’ve hit a pothole or other sketchy surface and are worried about damage to your tires, stop in and have us take a look. Anoka or Bloomington. We’re here to help!

Road Trip in Minnesota and Cool Off in the Water

best places to swim in mn in 2017The best places to swim and play in the water are endless in Minnesota. Here are a few places to try this summer, so check your tires and get read for a day road trip of fun! 

Adventure: Experience white water rafting in the St. Louis River near Carlton, MN

Something Different: Swim in the quarries in Waite Park, MN

Scenic and Beautiful: Go tubing down the Rum River in Istanti, MN

Clear and Natural: Cool off in the natural spring fed swimming ponds at Camden State Park

Best of Both Worlds: Enjoy a warm sandy beach, while swimming in chlorinated water void of fish or weeds at Lake Minnetrista Swimming Pond

Brand New: Be among the first to try out the new outdoor aquatic center with tube slides, pools, body slides, ziplines, climbing walls, and more in Hutchinson, MN this summer

Rainy Day Alternatives: Indoor water parks allow you to enjoy a rainy summer day, regardless of what the weather is doing. Head to the Chaska Community Center

Something for Everyone: Giant water parks have amenities that appeal to kids and adults of all ages and abilities. Cascade Bay Water Park in Eagan has long been a favorite road trip destination. 

Splash Pad: A splash pad offers all the water fun without a large pool of water. The splash pad in St. Cloud offers hours of fun, plus nearby water rentals on Lake George. 

What’s your favorite place play or relax in the water in Minnesota? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.

 

 

Memorial Day

Have a safe Memorial Day and holiday weekend. The TireZoo in Anoka and Bloomington will be open shorter hours, 9AM until 1PM on Saturday, May 27th.

Both locations will be closed Sunday (28th) and Monday (29th) in honor of the holiday. 

We will be open regular hours on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

memorial day hours for the tirezoo

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

Rainbow Road Trip Scavenger Hunt (click and print)

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Spring Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

  1. Spring Vehicle Maintenance ChecklistWash thoroughly. The salt used on roads in Minnesota during the winter is very hard on vehicles and needs to be washed off well, including undersides of wheel-wells, etc. 
  2. Replace wiper blades if you haven’t replaced them since last summer. At the very least, check them over.
  3. Refill window washer fluid.
  4. Check your tires over for low tread, bulges, proper inflation.
  5. Check over your spare tire to make sure its in satisfactory condition, bolts holding it in place haven’t rusted, and it’s properly inflated.
  6. Time for an oil change and any other regularly scheduled maintenance according to your vehicle manual.
  7. Peel off any of last year’s stickers and seasonal passes from the windshield.
  8. Check your glove compartment box for most recent proof on insurance.
  9. Take care of any service-now sensors or check engine lights that have come on.
  10. Test your air conditioner before you need it.

 

What you would you add to this list? Let us know if we can help make sure you reliable tires on your vehicle. 

8 Things that Should Not Go in the Garbage When Cleaning the Garage

cleaning the garage what not to dispose of in the garbageSpring cleaning the garage is on a lot of people’s to do list. As you tackle projects big and small, make sure that certain items are properly disposed of and don’t go into the garbage. 

  1. Used Motor Oil: Never dump motor oil into the soil or throw into the garbage. Find out a repair shop, hardware store, or hazardous waste facility nearest you. Some places are looking for used oil to recycle, and there may be a fair amount of resources available near you to put the oil back to use.
  2. Paint and Paint Thinners: Unless the paint containers are empty, dry, and without a lid, don’t put them into the garbage. Ask at your local paint store where they can be dropped or bring them to a household hazardous waste facility.
  3. Tires: Tires are recyclable and should not be burned or thrown in the garbage. The TireZoo accepts old tires for a small fee, so drop them off during business hours.
  4. Child Car Seats: Car seats are recyclable. Learn more about where to recycle in Minnesota
  5. Batteries: Drop old batteries at a facility that accepts batteries. Keep a collection can and recycle when full.
  6. Organic Matter: If you have a large pile of leaves and other organic matter that has found its way into your garage over time and needs to be swept into a pile, make sure it isn’t again your garbage service policy or local ordinance to dispose of it in the garbage. 
  7. Old Electronics: If you have a small pile of outdated electronics such as a television, VCR, game station, chargers, etc, they are recyclable.
  8. Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Need to be recycled.

Candy Popcorn Recipe

easy candy popcorn recipeTry out this easy, yet sweet popcorn travel snack!

This might be the easiest, least restrictive recipe you’ll ever make. The amounts of ingredients are pretty much up to you. Here’s what you’ll need:

Popcorn (popped)
Almond bark (white or dark work)
Your favorite cookies, candy bars, or cereal (crushed into small pieces)

Toss the popcorn with melted almond bark. Sprinkle crushed candy pieces on popcorn before almond bark cools. Allow to cool and dry completely. Gently break apart and store in an airtight container or plastic bag. Take with you on your next road trip for the perfect travel snack.

Looking for a free old tire?

free old tire

If you’ve been inspired on Pinterest to create something new out of an old tire, you might be in search of a free old tire to use. Maybe you need a tire for your dock up at the lake. 

Stop by the TireZoo, and get a tire. We love to see unique furniture, dog beds, boat docking stations, tire swings, and more inspired by the durable qualities of a old tires.

However, it’s important to responsibly recycle old tires. If you have old tires to get ride of, we accept them for a small fee. We make sure old tires are recycled.

If you are looking for a free tire for a project, it’s best to call ahead to make sure we set one aside for you. All we ask is if/when you are ready to get rid of the tire, you do so responsibly.

Check out our Pinterest board dedicated to repurposing tires.

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