All posts by Christie Stock

Why You Shouldn’t Miss a Tire Rotation

Some people think that rotating the tires on your vehicle is not worth the hassle. It raises a good question – why should you rotate your tires? Is it worth the hassle?

The fact is, if you are interested in saving money, tire rotations are definitely worth the hassle. Here’s why: tires wear out unevenly (front tires usually wear down faster than the rear tires). Rotating your tires means you are changing the positions of the tires, helping to keep all four tires wearing down at an even pace, which can give you thousands of extra miles on your set of tires. This means you will spend less money on purchasing new tires. It also leads to a smoother and safer ride. Most manufacturers recommend rotating your tires every 6 – 8 thousand miles.

The easiest way is to bring your car over to Bargain Tire for a tire rotation service that is quick and affordable. However,  if you’d rather do it yourself, it’s a fairly simple process. Make sure you have all of the necessary equipment (e.g. wrench, jack, and jack stands) and feel confident with the process of changing a tire. Also be sure to use the proper rotation pattern (shown below), which depends on whether your tires are all the same size and non-directional.tire rotation pocatello idIf you have more questions about tire rotations, or if it is time to purchase new tires, come see us at Bargain Tire and we’ll get you the best deal in town!



5 Ways You Are Ruining Your Car

Running red lights or failing to check your blind spots aren’t the only things that will ruin your car. These bad driving habits will slowly ruin your car without you even realizing it. Here at Bargain Tire, we can fix your car no doubt – but wouldn’t it be better if it never broke down in the first place? You can start with these 5 ways you are ruining your car.

Bad Driving Habit #1: Sudden Starting & Stopping

Do you have ‘lead foot syndrome’? Are you constantly slamming hard on the brakes or the accelerator? If so, you should stop. This is a bad habit for a number of reasons. Not only does it waste gas (which doesn’t help the environment), but it puts unnecessary stress on your brakes, causing the brake pads to wear down faster. It is also dangerous for you and other drivers, so you’re more likely to end up in an accident. Unless you have to, avoid hard stops or starts.


Bad Driving Habit #2: Riding the Brakes

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When you are driving down a hill, you may find yourself leaving your foot on the brake to prevent acceleration. Although you do this out of a desire to drive slow and safe, this is actually pretty bad for your brakes. The high amount of friction turns into heat and can lead to overheating and brake failure. The alternative is to put your vehicle into a lower gear that only requires you to brake occasionally.  The lower gear will create engine braking and take stress off your brakes.

Bad Driving Habit #3: Riding the Clutch

If you drive a manual transmission car, this one is for you. It’s very important that you don’t ride the clutch. Even small amounts of pressure on the clutch pedal can activate the hydraulics and pull the pressure plate away from the flywheel slightly. This leads to unnecessary friction and heat, resulting in premature damage. Whether you are stopped at a red light or cruising down the highway, don’t leave your foot on the clutch!

Bad Driving Habit #4: Resting Your Hand on the Shift Lever

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You probably do this one without even thinking. Or maybe it makes you feel like you are in Fast and Furious. Either way, leaving your hand on the shifter puts pressure on the transmission’s bushings and synchronizers. If you pay close attention, you will feel a vibration in the shift lever when you do this, which is a sign that you are ruining your transmission.

Bad Driving Habit #5: Neglecting to Use the Parking Brake

Super steep hills are not the only places where you should use your parking brake. You are better off to use your parking brake every time you park your vehicle. Without the parking brake, all of the vehicle’s weight rests on a small piece of metal known as the parking pawl. The parking pawl and brake system of your car will last much longer if you use your parking brake!

It’s a new year, and no better time to get rid of bad habits! We hope that these driving habits will help you get the most out of your vehicle! Come see us at Bargain Tire for all of your automotive and tire needs in the Chubbuck, Idaho area!


How To Defog Your Car Windshield

The cold weather has arrived here in Idaho, and with it comes the challenge of operating a car in less-than-ideal circumstances. Many of us have experienced those cold, winter mornings when we rush out to the car, running late for work, anxious to get on the road, only to find that the windshield is fogged up from the inside, forcing you to sit patiently and wait while the fog dissipates.

You are always better off waiting for a clear windshield than driving with your vision impaired. And although it usually only takes a few minutes to defog, it is sometimes hard to wait. Is it hot air? Or cold air? Many people switch the settings back and forth, impatiently trying to rid their windshield of the fog.

According to science experiments conducted by former NASA engineer Mark Rober, there is one combination of settings that is superior to all others.

  1.  Defroster on high.
  2.  Temperature control set to hottest temperature.
  3.  A/C turned on.
  4.  Turn off the inside air circulation.
  5.  Crack open the windows.

For a more detailed look at Rober’s experiment, check out his video:

This trick is helpful for defogging the inside of your windshield, but when heavier snow falls, you’ll need an ice-scraper to defrost from the outside of the windshield.

Bargain Tire is your one-stop-shop for all of your vehicle repair and maintenance needs. Whether it’s a broken heater, faulty windshield wipers, you name it, we can get you back safely on the road. Come see us at Bargain Tire in Chubbuck, ID!


5 Tips for Buying a Used Car

Many people prefer buying used cars over new cars. The price tag makes buying used cars much more viable. Buying a used car can also be scary – you don’t always know exactly what you’re getting into. We’ve heard the horror stories of undependable used cars. Following these 5 tips will make your experience purchasing a used car much more pleasant.

tips for buying a used car1. Decide What You’re Looking For – Before anything else, what exactly are you looking for? Is it something cheap and affordable, or are you looking for more of a long-term vehicle? Do you want a small car, a truck, or possibly a van? Are there certain features you are looking for in a vehicle, such as 4-wheel drive? In addition to deciding what you want in a car, decide exactly how much you’re willing to spend. Whether you plan to pay in cash or take out a loan, it is important that you have a defined budget, as this will make your search a lot more manageable.


2. Do Your Homework – Once you know what to look for, it is time to do your homework. You never want to make a big purchase without having made an informed decision. Most used cars that are for sale will be listed online, whether that’s on the website of your local used car dealership or on a bigger site such as or Shop around (a lot), compare prices, view the vehicle history reports, and come up with a list of 3-5 cars that you are seriously considering.


3. Go Check Them Out – Call the seller and confirm the availability of the car. When you’re on the phone, ask a lot of questions – you may learn things about the car that you didn’t know before. Arrange a time for you to meet and see the car.  Take it for a test drive. While in the car, you’ll need to use 4 of your 5 senses (not taste – you don’t need to lick anything). How does everything look, both the interior and beneath the hood? As you are driving, how does the car sound and feel? Are there any unusual smells? If everything still looks good, arrange to have it checked by a professional mechanic. Bargain Tire can help give you an expert opinion.


4. Make Your Decision – After you’ve driven a few different cars, and you still have a list of 3-5 vehicles that you are seriously considering, it’s time to make a decision. Weigh the pros and cons of each vehicle, talk to a trusted friend or family member, and make your choice.


how to buy a used car5. Negotiate -Some people hate negotiating, but when you’ve done all this work to research the car, chances are you’ll be able to get the car for less than it is listed. Your initial offer should be less than the amount you’re willing to spend. Be reasonable and realistic. When both sides are happy, close the deal, do the paperwork, and enjoy your new vehicle.


Many people have positive experiences buying used cars. To make sure you are one of them, be sure to follow these 5 tips for buying a used car. For any vehicle maintenance or repair needs here in the Pocatello, ID area, come see us at Bargain Tire! Good luck shopping!

The Bargain Tire App

In a world dominated by technology, we now have a way for you to quickly and easily find new tires, schedule an appointment, and connect with Bargain Tire. Introducing the Bargain Tire app: a revolutionary new app that makes it easier than ever before for you to get the vehicle help you need, spend less time in the shop, and more time living life.

After downloading this free app for Apple on the App Store or for Android on Google Play, you can create a personal account with your information, including your vehicle’s year, make and model. With your personal account you can quickly and easily find the right tires for your vehicle, get notifications on your vehicle’s status when it’s in our shop, receive exclusive deals and promotions, and schedule appointments.

Also, with the Bargain Tire app you can call Roadside Assistance or the Warranty Hotline at the touch of a button. This will give you peace of mind for the unexpected problems you may encounter on the road.

Bargain Tire is your one-stop-shop for tires and vehicle repairs. Located conveniently in Chubbuck, Idaho, we are committed to providing friendly customer service and professional service. Download the app or give us a call today!

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6 Car Skills Everyone Should Have

Most people drive a car every single day, and have been since their teenage years. Despite the years of driving experience, many never learned some basic, important skills that are involved with maintaining your vehicle.

Whether you are 16 or 60, you should master the following 6 car skills. If you are a parent, make sure your teenagers do the same.

  1. How to check the oil – Even if you don’t plan on actually changing the oil yourself, at least know how to check the oil,  read the dipstick, and determine if more oil needs to be added, or if you are due for an oil change. Time between oil changes varies depending on the year and model of your vehicle, as well as how much you drive. You may need an oil change change every 3-6 months. The engine is the heart of your vehicle, so knowing how to care for your engine is important.
  2. Flat tire repair Pocatello, IDHow to change a flat tire – Your tire could go flat anytime, anywhere. There may or may not be people around to help, so it’s important that you know how to change a tire by yourself, and that you have the appropriate tools. Everyone needs to know how to jack up the car, remove the flat tire, and replace it with a spare. Then you can take it to a mechanic nearby to get it fixed.
  3. How to check fluids – There are fluids that your car needs to function properly in addition to engine oil. You should know how to check and refill these fluids. These include the coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid and windshield washer fluid. Each fluid has its own location beneath the hood. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual to learn which is which.
  4. dead battery pocatello, IDHow to jump start the car – Knowing how to jump a car will be helpful not only for you, but other drivers who you may be able to help. If your battery is dead, grab some jumper cables (which you should keep in the back of your car) and hook up the cables to another vehicle. First attach the red positive clip to your battery, then the other red clip to their battery. Third, attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on their battery, and lastly clip the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery.
  5. What to do after an accident – In the case of an accident, it is important (especially for young drivers) to know how to handle the situation. If possible, move your car to a safe spot off the road. Be calm and get out of your car. Check on the others involved. Call the police. Gather as much info as possible, taking pictures to document the scene if possible.
  6. Who to call – Last, but certainly not least, is knowing who to call when you need help. Bargain Tire has been providing the Pocatello, ID area with a wide variety of car maintenance services for many years, and our experienced mechanics can help with any of your car needs.
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Do My Windshield Wipers Need To Be Replaced?

Windshield wipers are essential to your safety in unfavorable weather. According to the Federal Highway Administration, impaired visibility is a leading factor in 46% of fatal car accidents. Having windshield wipers that don’t function properly is an easy way to impair your vision on the road. In the US there are 3400 weather-related car accidents every day. It is extremely important that you know when your windshield wipers need to be replaced.

It is recommended that you replace your windshield wipers about every 6 months, although, depending on where you live and the type of wiper blades you have, you may need to replace them more or less frequently. The easiest way to know if it is time to replace your windshield wipers? Are you able to see clearly out your windshield when it is raining? If so, double-check for these additional warning signs:

  • do my windshield wipers need to be replacedCracks or breaks in the rubber
  • Bent frames/blades
  • Consistent film of grime on windshield
  • Squeaking noises while operating
  • Streaks on windshield
  • Imperfections in wiping pattern
  • Season changes (here in Idaho it’s a good idea to install winter blades during the cold months)

Windshield wipers are incredibly important, yet they are rather easy to replace. But, if you aren’t the hands-on type and would rather have a professional install your windshield wipers to ensure it is done correctly, come on over to Bargain Tire in Chubbuck, Idaho. One of our technicians will install new premium blades and get you back safely on the road in a matter of minutes. To learn more about our selection of windshield wipers give us a call today!

How To Check Your Tire Tread: The Penny Test

If you want your tires to maintain a good grip with the road (especially when the road is wet) it is important that your tires have sufficient tread. The tread is the rubber grooves that surround the outside of the tire. The more you drive, the more your tread wears down. Typically a tread depth of 4/32″ or deeper is safe. 3/32″ is safe to drive on, but should be replaced soon, and anything less than 2/32″ is considered a ‘bald’ tire and should be replaced immediately.

Those are some small measurements that would be hard to measure. The Penny Test makes it quick and easy to evaluate where your tire tread is at.

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  1. Find a penny and insert it into the tread with Lincoln’s head pointing down.
  2. Check to see how much of his head is showing above the tire tread.
  3. If you can see his entire head, it’s time to get your tires replaced at Bargain Tire.

It is possible that some areas of your tire will fail the penny test, but other areas are deeper and pass the test. If any part of the tire is less than 2/32″, you should replace the tire. Don’t procrastinate doing this, as it could save you from being in an accident. Bargain Tire makes replacing tires hassle-free. Come see us today in Chubbuck, ID!

Car Basics: Checking Your Oil

Checking the oil in a vehicle is a very basic car-maintenance skill that all drivers should have. It’s not difficult, and all drivers both young and old can learn how.

The oil plays an important role in keeping your car running smoothly. If you fail to keep the oil level/quality where it needs to be, you’ll experience some serious problems with the engine. So, here’s how to check your oil (which should be done at least once a month):

Open the hood, remove the dipstick, and clean it with a rag

The exact location of the dipstick varies from vehicle to vehicle, but look for a circular handle (usually yellow). Pull the handle and remove the dipstick. Wipe off the end of the stick so that it is clean of any oil. Once it is clean, insert the dipstick back into the tube and push it all the way in.

oil change idahoOnce again, pull out the dipstick and check the oil level

The dipstick will have some type of markings on the end. You might see the words “MIN” and “MAX”, “Full” and “Add”, or there may just be a section of the dipstick that has a cross-hatched pattern. Whatever the markings, you are checking to see if the oil is below the minimum mark indicated on the dipstick. If so, that means the oil in your engine is low and more is needed. Find a cap labeled “Oil Cap”, or something along those lines, and add the oil there, NOT into the dipstick tube.

Now that you have checked the level of the oil, you will want to check the oil’s quality. Not only do you need enough oil, but you need clean oil. First take a look at the oil’s color. If it is light-colored or milky, you should take it to a mechanic such as Bargain Tire to have it checked. There may be a coolant leak. Also pay attention to how the oil smells – if it smells like gasoline it is probably time for a change. To finish, rub some oil between your fingers. If it leaves a dirty smudge it’s also time for a change.

Congratulations, you’re done!

Piece of cake, right? You’ll be able to finish this whole process in under a minute in no time! When adding oil, check the vehicle owner’s manual to make sure you use the right type of oil. For oil that needs to be changed, bring your vehicle to Bargain Tire in Chubbuck, Idaho for our top-of-the-line oil change services. We’ll have you in, out, and safely back on the road!

Give us a call, or visit our website to schedule an appointment

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Pre-Trip Checklist

With summer here, you probably have some trips planned with your family! Since we all know there’s nothing worse than arriving to your destination and then realizing you forgot something back home, here’s a checklist that you can go through before leaving to help you be prepared to go have some fun.

  1. Place stop order on mail/newspaper.
  2. Find a house/pet sitter.
  3. Pay bills.
  4. Turn off lights or set light timers.
  5. Unplug electronics.
  6. Turn off water and gas.
  7. Close and lock windows.
  8. Take out trash.
  9. Throw out any food that will expire.
  10. Take out cash at ATM.
  11. Refill prescriptions.
  12. Confirm hotel reservations.
  13. Confirm flight/train/bus reservations.
  14. Make sure each person has packed clothing, underwear, socks, shoes, and toothbrush.
  15. Have snacks and games for the road.
  16. Take your car in to Bargain Tire to check the fluids, alignment, air pressure, brakes, battery, and make sure your car is ready for the road!

The more prepared you are, the smoother your trip will go. Have fun, be safe, and remember Bargain Tire is here for all of your auto needs in the Chubbuck, Idaho area!