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5 Things to Consider When Off-Roading

off roading tips bargain tire chubbuck idahoThe activities people enjoy tend to change with seasons. One popular summer and fall activity is off-roading. There are variations on the name such as digging, mudding, rock crawling etc. But it all boils down to the same fun sport of taking your truck, SUV, ATV, side by side or motorbike off the beaten path and straight into adventure. However, it’s always important when setting out on these adventures to play it smart and be safe. Here are some good tips in preparation for getting dirty in the hills.

  1. First off make sure whatever you plan to take up the mountain is able to handle the terrain. A simple pothole on an average street can cause damage to your vehicle’s alignment, so it’s safe to say a rocky dirt trail can do much worse. Knowing your vehicle’s abilities and being equipped with the proper shocks and struts can go a long way in avoiding potential damage.
  2. We also recommend checking your tire pressure and tread before setting out. Know the correct PSI for your tires and make sure that they aren’t underinflated. It’s the little things that can make the biggest difference.
  3. Once your vehicle is properly prepared on the outside and mechanically sound, it’s time to be sure it’s prepared on the inside. A sweet air freshener or some good music are handy, but we mean a survival kit. A good kit would include items such as a first aid set, road flares, warm blankets, clean water, some food and any other items that might be needed in the case that you were stuck for a night or two. Check out our list of 25 things to always have in your car for some ideas. Once it’s loaded be sure everything is properly secured down. It gets to be a bumpy ride and flying objects inside can cause serious injury so be sure it’s all strapped down. Better safe than sorry.
  4. Now its time set out safely. It’s always suggested that you let someone know where you are going and how long you expect to be. Yes, it’s the mommy type way of thinking, but hey, mom does know best so it’s probably a good thing in the long run. Saying “the more the merrier” can also be in this sport re-worded as “the more the safer” since traveling in a pack reduces the risk of being stranded. At the very least take one buddy along. When you reach your destination be sure everyone is safely seat belted and wearing proper head safety gear. The rules of the regular road apply to the off road when it comes to behavior conducted inside the vehicle. This means keeping everyone inside and preventing them from leaning out the windows or standing in the bed of trucks. It only takes a split second for a tree branch or rock to change things and the roll over risk increases by a great deal.
  5. Last but not least we strongly suggest and really insist that you have FUN, make memories and kick up some major mud. Keeping in mind that if you come back with a clean truck you didn’t do it right or play hard enough.

To get your vehicle ready for a fun, safe, off-roading season, bring it into Bargain Tire in Chubbuck, Idaho for the best inspection in town!

The Truth About Tires

Safety features in vehicles these days are amazing. New vehicles are arguably safer than they ever have been before. Still, every vehicle relies on one safety feature more important than all the others: the tires. If your tires don’t do their job, you’ll be sliding all over the place, unable to control your car.

So let’s be honest. When it comes about tires, the most important thing to recognize is that they are expensive! Even the cheapest tires (don’t buy the cheapest tires!) are going to run you at least $300 after mounting and balancing. Maintaining them is crucial to their longevity and will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Low Air Pressure

Take the time to ensure your tire air pressure correct. Your dashboard will probably have a indicator light telling you when the tire pressure is low but you shouldn’t rely on these 100%. You’ll need to manually check to make sure the tire pressure meets requirements.

  • Driving on flat tires will quickly ruin them. Check your tire air pressure frequently!
  • Once a month, check the pressure in all 5 tires (including the spare).
  • Try taking the long way around your car and look at the tires.
  • If they look remotely flat, check them with a pressure gauge (you should have one in your glove box). If the pressure you read doesn’t match up with the suggested pressure on the inside of the driver’s side door, go fill up your tires with an air compressor (most gas stations have these).

Tire Wear

Tires get old and the tread fades. How long before they wear out will depend on the type of rubber and the purpose for which they were made. When they get worn out, they’ll become dangerous to drive on and have an increased risk of blowing out.

Most tires on the road are All-Season tires, which are great because they’ll last a long time and they’ll get you through most small snowfalls. Some people also have Snow Tires which are fantastic in the winter but are somewhat softer and won’t last as long, especially if used all year. Make sure to change out your tires for the season to ensure they last as long as possible.

  • Rotate your tires every 5,000-7,000 miles. This will help them wear evenly and last longer.
  • If you have a 4WD vehicle, make sure to keep all 4 tires equally worn. If one tire blows out while the other 3 are more than half-way through their tread – you need 4 new tires. One new treaded tire with 3 old tires will only harm your vehicle.
  • Get an alignment when you get new tires, when you hit something, or feel your steering wheel pull one way when you drive.

Replacing Tires

When it’s finally time to replace the tires, remember: tires are expensive! Don’t be too frugal with tires or you’ll end up paying a lot more in the long run. Of course, you shouldn’t overpay either, but make sure to research and get tires that will last you a long time.

Brand name tires are usually the way to go: Goodyear, BFGoodrich, Michelin, etc. They’ll have the highest quality control. If you’re looking for something less expensive talk to us, and we’ll help you research different brands to make sure you’re satisfied with your tires.

Consult the experts at Bargain Tire for options in your vehicle size. You can trust that our mechanics will treat you and your vehicle right.

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Stop Your Car from Overheating: 9 Tips

When your engine becomes too hot, your car overheats. This is usually caused by a malfunction in your cooling system or low coolant levels. Car overheating can cause severe damage to your engine and other systems of your vehicle. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to help you prevent your car from overheating and also help you know what to do if overheating does occur.


How to Keep Your Car from Overheating

  • Have routine oil changes. Make sure your technician checks the water system, hoses, antifreeze levels, and fans. They’ll hopefully catch any leaks or risks before they turn into bigger issues.
  • Top of the antifreeze in your cooling system regularly.
  • Check hoses in your cooling system for blockages or leaks.
  • Prepare for emergencies by keeping coolant and an emergency kit in your vehicle.


Steps for When Your Car Overheats

  • cooling system repair chubbuck idahoIf your car is overheating, a warning light should come on or the temperature gauge should rise. If this happens, follow these steps:
  • Pull over, turn off the engine, and open the hood. It’s important not do anything until you’ve given the engine time to cool off on it’s own.
  • Don’t take off the radiator cap. You may see steam, but whatever you do, don’t remove the radiator cap. Your water system will be under very high pressure and you could be severely burned when steam or radiator fluid is released.
  • Top of antifreeze/coolant. Again, wait to do this until after your engine has cooled down.
  • Inspect the hoses in your cooling system for leaks, either yourself or by a professional technician. More than likely, there is a specific reason your car overheating. The most common causes are a broken thermostat or fan, or a leak in the cooling system. Bring your car into Bargain Tire in Chubbuck, we’d be happy to take a look for you.
  • If the cause of your car overheating was low coolant and you were able to replace it, it may be safe for you to drive. However, if the antifreeze/coolant was totally out, don’t drive your vehicle. Call a tow truck instead, just to be safe.


To have your cooling system checked or repaired, come in and see us at Bargain Tire in Chubbuck, Idaho!  

We also have locations in Utah and throughout Wyoming!

How to Jump Start a Car

auto repair chubbuck idahoYour car battery could die at any time, even in the most inconvenient places. In case of this type of emergency, don’t be dependent on a kind stranger to supply you with jumper cables or to know how to use them.

Because you never know when you’ll be called upon to jump start your own car or go to the aid of someone else, you need to be knowledgeable and prepared when an emergency occurs. . This simple step-by-step guide will help you learn how to jump start a car the correct way.

  • Conduct a quick safety check. Your safety is of the utmost importance. Push your car off the road and away from traffic. Keep small children away from the vehicle. Always keep in mind that you’ll be dealing with an electric shock, so be cautious. If possible, wear protective equipment. Always be aware of the metal clamps on the jumper cables. Refer to your vehicle manual and be familiar with its suggested protocol for jump starting your specific model. If you are unsure where to begin or have any questions, contact your Bargain Tire technician in Chubbock, Idaho.
  • Position both vehicles to be facing each other. Push or park your car and the assisting vehicle so they’re nose-to-nose. The two cars should be about a foot apart but never touching, with the engine turned off in the park or neutral position. Put the park brake on for each car as well to prevent them from moving during the process.
  • Locate your jumper cables. It’s always best to have your own set of jumper cables in your vehicle at all times. Take out your cables and set them on the ground, making sure the metal clamps don’t touch.
  • Raise the hoods of each car. The switch may be in a different spot depending on the vehicle, but it’s typically near the grill or inside on the driver’s side. Secure the hood in its open position.
  • Locate the car batteries. There are two batteries under the hood of a car and each has two terminals. Typically, one battery is red with a “+’ sign (positive) and the other is black with a “-” sign (negative).
  • On the dead battery: securely attach a red clamp to the positive terminal. Again, look for the battery that says “+” or “POS” for positive on top. Here’s a tip: this terminal is typically bigger than the negative one.
  • On the working battery: securely attach the other red clamp to the positive terminal.
  • On the working battery: securely attach one black clamp to the negative terminal.
  • On the dead battery: securely attach the other black clamp to an unpainted, clean metal surface away from the battery.

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  • Attempt to start the car with the dead battery. This may not work the first time. If not, turn on the engine of the functioning car for several minutes and rev the engine periodically. This should charge up the other car’s dead battery. Repeat this process a few times if necessary.

*If the dead battery still doesn’t charge after following the steps above, it may be past repair and needs replaced. In this case, contact your Bargain Tire shop in Chubbock for assistance.

  • Carefully remove the jumper cables. Start with the black, then the red. As always, make sure the clamps don’t touch.
  • Drive the car with the recharged battery. Letting the engine run and driving for about 15 minutes will allow the battery to completely recharge, preventing it from dying again when the engine is turned off.

Have questions or want a professional to walk you through the process? Call us at Bargain Tire in Chubbock, ID! We’re always happy to help. Also, you can check out this YouTube video for a helpful visual.

When To Remove Snow Tires

snow tire removal chubbuck idahoAs the weather warms up here in Chubbuck, many of us may wonder if it’s time to take off our snow tires. Our goal today is to help you better understand your snow tires and have a solid understanding of when it’s safe to remove them.

The Composition of Snow Tires

Snow tires are designed very differently from regular all-season tires. They are made with a softer, more flexible rubber that holds up well in cold conditions and generates more heat. This provides better traction and grip to snow and ice. Most snow tires are also studded.

Risks of Leaving Your Snow Tires On

These softer winter tires wear much faster when gripping warm, dry pavement. The heat they produce that is helpful in the winter creates a greater risk of tire blowouts in the spring and summer months. Winter tires also don’t maneuver or respond as quickly as summer/all season tires do and make it more difficult to stop. Snow tires also decrease your gas mileage.

Individual state laws require studded tires to be removed by a certain date. Here in Idaho, studded snow tires are legal from October 1 – April 30. Click here for requirements in surrounding states.


  • Your safety is most important. Wait until the threat of snow is gone to avoid removing snow tires too early.
  • Remove your snow tires when outside temperatures are consistently above 40-50 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Remove studded snow tires before April 30th in Idaho. Be aware of your individual state requirements.

Bring your vehicle in to have your snow tires removed by a professional at Bargain Tire! canada pharmacy cialis We’ll get you tires switched out and back on the road fast.

What Do The Numbers On A Tire Stand For?

P235/70R16 104S vs. P235/70R16 104T…Is there really a difference?

How To Choose The Right Size of New TiresThe answer to this question is yes.  But, the real question is, how much of a difference?  Is there enough of a difference to merit paying a higher price?  Is one safer than the other?  Does one perform better or last longer than the other? All of these are legitimate questions that we answer in this blog post.

Let’s start by breaking down what all of those different letters and numbers mean.

P = P-Metric not Passenger

This is a very common misconception.  Many years ago tires used to only be in European Metrics which are very similar to what they are now with the difference now being in load rating.

235 = Width of the tire in millimeters

70 = Indicates the height of your sidewall as a percentage of the width.  So, this particular tire’s sidewall is 70% of the width (235 mm).  Or, in other words, the sidewall above and below the rim is 6.4 inches.

R = Radial

There are still some tires out there that are a bias-ply, but the majority of the tire market is a radial tire.

16 = Rim size in inches

104 = This number references to a load rating index (found here) stating how much weight each tire can hold at a max psi.

S & T = These two letters designate the speed rating of the tire.  It does this by referring to a speed that the Rubber Manufacture Association and your vehicle’s manufacture decide on as the fastest speed your vehicle can maintain while keeping a safe tire condition for the road.  Now, that doesn’t mean you can go out and cruise down the road at 120+ miles-per-hour expecting your tires to handle it.  What it means is that your tire’s sidewalls won’t flex so much that they will roll off your tire as you corner, or that going down the interstate you don’t need to worry about your tire blowing out when you hit a bump.

These letters also provide you with the ability to get a tire that will last for the guaranteed mileage. Take for example two vehicles, the same in nearly every way except that one is a sport package and one is the base package.  The sport package will typically have a stiffer suspension than the base model.  When it comes to tires, if you get too soft of a tire (tires with a slower speed rating than recommended) it will wear too fast.  You also run the risk of the tire affecting handling, which puts you, your passengers, and other drivers at risk.

Due to the difference in stiffness of tires, there will be price differences. The tires we have seen vary the most are those that are installed on Toyota’s and Mazda’s.  Their base packages generally run an H speed rating, but their sport packages will run a V rating.  Depending on the width of your rim and the type of rim the price difference can be as much as $50 per tire.

The best thing to do when you are looking for new tires is take a look inside the driver’s side door.  Either on the door itself or the door frame, there will be a placard indicating the size of the tire.  Newer vehicles typically will have the speed ratings.  In the event yours does not, a quick visit to Tire Discounter in Chubbuck will help you find the right size.

Below are some additional helpful links about tire speed ratings and load indexes:
Speed Rating & Load Index
How to Read a Sidewall Image
Additional Tire Tips

How To Keep Your Car Cool In The Summer Heat

Protect Your Car From the Summer Heat

We all love the summer sun here in Pocatello, but what we don’t love is the toll it can take on our vehicles.

Taking the time to do a few simple things for the interior and exterior of your vehicle will have long term benefits, and can even save you money by preventing costly repairs in the future. Start applying these tips today:

Exterior Care

Don’t forget your battery. Did you know that high temperatures can drain your car’s battery? Be sure to have your battery checked regularly and keep the top of your battery clean.

Keep your car washed and waxed. Dirt and debris left sitting on your car can actually scratch or scrape the topcoat of paint. It’s worth the money to have your car washed weekly. Also, apply wax to your car at least twice a year to protect the paint.

Park in the shade. Always park in the shade or a parking structure to keep the sun off your car. This will also keep the interior of your car cool and protect it from fading or wearing quickly.

Cover your car. For some, this can be a worthwhile investment if no covered parking is offered at you work or home.

Interior Care

Use a windshield sun shade. This is an inexpensive way to save your car’s dashboard, steering wheel, and center console from the heat. It will also help to keep the temperature down inside your car so you don’t roast when you hop inside.

Crack your windows. This will provide airflow and prevent the inside of your car from getting too hot. Make sure you lock your car if you choose to leave your windows cracked.

Also remember these helpful hints:

Keep an eye on your coolant level. Coolant is what keeps your engine from overheating. Be sure to check it regularly. A word of caution: remember to wait at least a half hour before opening the radiator cap after the car is parked. After driving your coolant will be HOT and could burn you if you open the radiator cap too soon. Make sure to let your vehicle cool before opening the cap.

If possible, travel during the cooler times of the day. The optimal times to drive are during the early morning hours and after the sun has gone down in the evening.

Have your windows tinted. This could be an option for people who park in the sun often and are worried about their car upholstery getting cracked or faded by the sun. However, some local areas don’t allow window tinting, so make sure check your local regulations.

Remember these tips to keep your car cared for while you’re out having fun in the sun here in Chubbuck and Pocatello! If you have any questions about auto repair or vehicle maintenance service, give us a call or stop by our Tire Discounter store in Chubbuck.

6 Tips for When You Lock Your Keys in Your Car

No one likes when you accidentally lock your keys inside of your car. Situations like this can be very embarrassing and frustrating, and just always happen at the most inopportune time. Research by the American Automobile Association showed that there are more than four million motorists that get locked out of their car every year. If you ever find yourself locked out of your car, don’t panic. Stay calm and follow some of these recommendations:

  1. One of the first things that comes to people’s mind when they realize their keys are locked inside of their car is to call their auto-insurance company to get roadside assistance. If you have recently purchased a new vehicle, often times roadside assistance comes as part of your warranty. Depending on where you are located, they usually send someone to help you get back into your vehicle. If you don’t currently have roadside assistance as part of your auto-insurance policy, you may want to discuss adding it.
  2. You might want to consider keeping an extra key on hand somewhere. If you seem to always be locking yourself out of your car, this might be a good idea. You could hide a key in a well-hidden part of your car or hide a key in your wallet/purse. Another option would be giving a spare key to a family member or trusted friend who could come rescue you.
  3. Get a temporary key made. The dealership would need your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in order to make the key. This key may not be able to actually start your car, but you would be able to unlock the doors and retrieve your permanent keys.
  4. Some cars will allow you to gain access to the inside of the car through the trunk by moving the rear seats. However, you would have to have access to the trunk to be able to do this.
  5. Most new cars on the market have systems in place that won’t allow you to lock the door if the key is in the ignition or if a door is open. Cars with other features such as telematics can enable your vehicle to be unlocked remotely. In addition, having a keyless combination lock is a smart solution.
  6. Dial 911. We believe that safety always comes first. If you are locked out of your car and feel like you are in danger, call the police. Sometimes they can even unlock your car, or get in contact with a tow truck or locksmith professional for you.

We recommend that you never give your children keys to play with in the car because you may get locked out of the car, with your children still inside.

In some cases, we don’t recommend using a wire hanger or a screwdriver as a way to try and gain access into your vehicle. This can sometimes lead to further damage, or even injury – costing you more money in the long run.

We hope these tips and tricks help you the next time you accidently lock your keys in your car! For all of your other automotive needs, make sure to come into Tire Discounter in Chubbuck, ID.

7 Kid-Friendly Uses for Old Tires

With how many miles you’ve put on your car, you have probably spent more time with those beloved tires than some of your friends. It can be hard to say goodbye to a relationship like that! Tire Discounter in Chubbuck, Idaho hopes that you’ll be satisfied enough with your new tire purchase that you’ll be able to peacefully lay your old tires to rest.

Check out these handy tips from to bring new life to those tires and to provide some entertainment for your kiddos this summer when school’s out:

Tire See-Saw

Tire Jungle Gym

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Bike Storage

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Backyard Ponds

Kid’s Table

Display Shelf

What do you think? Try out these ideas with your kids and then show us how they turned out!

When To Replace Your Tires

Consumer Advisory: Factors to Consider in the Life of Your Tires
The following elements each play an important part in your tires’ safety. Throughout the life of the tires it is necessary to see how each of these plays a different role. This information is focused on vehicle tires and excludes trailer tires.

Replace Old Tires Even if There is Tread Remaining

– Vehicle Manufacturers Recommend Replacement at 6 Years
– Tire Manufacturers’ Warranties Expire at 6 Years
– Tire Manufacturers Recommend Replacement at 10 Years
– Industry Experts Recommend Replacement at 10 Years

1 to 6 Years:
Visual tire inspections and monthly air pressure checks are recommended.

  • Tire Quality/Construction: Features and Benefits help to describe capabilities of tires during this period.
  • Service Conditions/Maintenance: Rotate tires every 6,000-8,000 miles, check air pressure monthly and check tire balance every 12,000-16,000 miles. Tire Manufacturers suggest most tires are out of service at 3-4 years based on wear.
  • Tire Wear/Condition: Less than new tread changes traction and stability capabilities in extreme weather conditions (such as: snow, ice, rain, dirt/mud).
  • Environmental Conditions: Exposure to heat and ultraviolet rays may cause structural changes in the tire not found in more moderate climates.
  • Tire DOT Number*: Tire age is not the major consideration during this portion of the tire’s life.

6 to 10 Years:
Replacement is recommended within this timeframe.

  • Tire Quality/Construction: Are more valid concerns as some tires are designed to be nearing the end of their service life based on average consumer travel of 12,000-15,000 miles annually.
  • Service Conditions/Maintenance: Tires that have not been serviced or maintained properly are typically at the end of their service life.
  • Wear/Condition: Less tread reduces traction and stability in all weather conditions as well as propensity to punctures.
  • Environmental Conditions: Exposure to heat and ultraviolet rays causes ozone/weather cracking and structural changes.
  • Tire DOT Number*: Now, one of the important considerations as some vehicle manufacturers recommend replacement and tire manufacturer warranties expire.

More Than 10 Years:
No service on tires with a DOT beyond 10 years.

  • Tire Quality/Construction, Service Conditions/Maintenance, Tire Wear/Condition, Environmental Conditions: Regardless of all of these conditions, tires reach the end of their life.
  • Tire DOT Number*: Tire age is the most important consideration during this portion of the tire life as tire manufacturers recommend replacement of any tires regardless of service, including spares.

*Department of Transportation Number is stamped on the sidewall of every – here tire. The last group of digits indicates the week and year the tire was built.