Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

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!


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.

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!