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Tires and Wheels

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What You Don't Know About Your Wheels Can Hurt You

If you don&amp;rsquo;t use the proper tools, you&amp;rsquo;ll never know how much &amp;ndash; or how little &amp;ndash; clamping force you have on the wheels. Photo: Jim Park<br />

By Jim Park

There’s much more to wheel installation — and many more pitfalls to taking shortcuts — than you may think. If you haven’t reviewed your wheel installation procedures lately, here’s something to think about.

Tags: Tire Costs, Maintenance Costs, Tires, Tires and Wheels, Wheels

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Are Your Tires up to the Job?

To determine if your tires are up to the job you&amp;rsquo;re asking them to do, you&amp;rsquo;ll next to establish a consistent program to track their performance &amp;ndash; and then follow through with it. Photo: Michelin

By Jack Roberts

Tires look alike, but the wrong tire doing the wrong job can be a productivity killer for fleets. Tracking tires and matching them for the task at hand takes constant patience and vigilance.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Tires, Tires and Wheels

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreading to Maximize Casing Value

Tread patterns are available for any type of operation from low rolling resistance drive tires to vocational tires. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Retreading extends the life of the most expensive part of the tire, which lowers cost per mile significantly. This is part five in a five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires, Tires and Wheels, Retread

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Should Know About Tire and Wheel Balancing

Balancing compounds such as Equal Flexx from IMI Products keep the tire balanced even as conditions change. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Balanced tires and wheels have been shown to save fuel, but balancing can also save tires -- and money. Part four in Jim Park's five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Balancers

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Align the Truck Before the Need Arises

Misaligned tires increase vehicle rolling resistance and waste fuel -- that&#39;s on top of chewing up tires. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Your tires will tell you if your vehicle is running straight and true. Don't wait 'till it's too late.

Tags: Tires, Wheel Alignment, Tires and Wheels

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Regular Tire Inspections Save Time in the Long Run

Stay on top of tire inflation and most of your roadside failures will disappear. Photo from Goodyear.

By Jim Park

National Tire Safety Week is more for consumers and passenger car drivers, but given tires' third-place ranking in trucking fleets' operating costs, we figured a few timely reminders wouldn't hurt. This is part one in a five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, CVSA RoadCheck, Tires

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Choosing Tires for On and Off the Road

Who knows what you&amp;rsquo;ll find when the pavement comes to an end. At that point it&amp;rsquo;s too late to realize that you spec&amp;rsquo;d the wrong tires.

By Jim Park

There are still big differences in tire designs for on-highway and off-road tires, but newer designs make it possible to do a little of both.

Tags: Tires, Tires and Wheels, Off-Road Vehicles, Vocational Trucks

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Improve Fuel Efficiency by Maximizing Tire Life

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Tires contribute approximately 25-35% of a truck’s total rolling resistance. The less rolling resistance, the less energy it takes to move the truck. And a tire with less or thinner tread requires less energy to move than a deep-treaded tire.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Low-rolling Resistance, Tires and Wheels

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Refinishing Wheels the Right Way

Juan Klinehoffer, the &amp;ldquo;wheel man&amp;rdquo; at Bob Sumerel Tire in Zanesville, Ohio, air-sprays positively charged powder at the negatively charged wheel. There it clings until curing.

By Tom Berg

Road salts damage steel and aluminum wheels, and there are proper ways to maintain and repair them.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Corrosion, Wheels, Tires and Wheels

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Truck Tires Have Evolved

New tire designs emerge from tire makers almost monthly.

By Jim Park

The tread designs of medium- and heavy-duty truck tires have become more sophisticated and tailor-made for specific applications and wheel positions.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Yokohama, Goodyear, Michelin, Continental

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

5 Tips to Prevent Wheel Separation

Impact wrenches are fine for running wheel nuts up onto the studs, but a torque wrench must be used to set the nuts. Retorquing is highly recommended, but few, apparently, get around to it. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Research into past incidents shows inadequate maintenance is the root cause of most wheel separation incidents.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Wheels, Tires and Wheels

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Important are Balance and Alignment?

Alignment is best used as a repair tool, not a diagnostic tool. The tires themselves will tell you when an alignment is needed.  Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fleets seem to run hot and cold on alignment and balance. Some swear by them, while others see them as unnecessary expenses.

Tags: Wheel Alignment, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Balancers

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tracking Lifetime Tire Costs

Is the lowest tire cost per mile the ultimate fleet objective? Not necessarily. Strive to keep the rubber costs down, but don&amp;rsquo;t scrimp on the maintenance. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

We offer two opposing views on tracking tire costs. One holds that life-cycle costing is a waste of money and effort, and that close enough is good enough most of the time. The other suggests that nearly all costs associated with tires should be accounted for and built into the cost structure.

Tags: Operating Costs, Maintenance Costs, Tires and Wheels

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Preventing Irregular Wear on Wide-Base Tires

Wide base tires are thought to suffer premature wear. That&amp;rsquo;s sometimes the case but it&amp;rsquo;s not universally true.

By Jim Park

Do wide-base single tires wear differently than standard tires in dual assemblies? We address that question and give tips on how proper care of your wide-base single tires can improve their life and ROI.

Tags: Wide-Base Tires, Tires and Wheels, Tires

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Maintenance is Key To Retread Longevity

Retreading gives a second or even third life to a casing, increasing the payback on the initial investment.

By Jim Park

TMC’s latest fleet tire survey shows retreaded tires are going longer and further than some may expect – but maintenance is the key.

Tags: TMC, Survey, Retreads, Tires and Wheels

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Combating Corrosion at Wheel-Ends

MBH Trucking&amp;rsquo;s Peterbilt has a blacked-out look because its aluminum parts have been coated with Linex bed-liner material to protect the metal from oxidation.

By Tom Berg

Careful cleaning extends lives of components, while proper spec’ing heads off rust in the first place.

Tags: Corrosion, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Ends

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What You Can Learn From Tires When You're Ready to Scrap Them

By the time a tire gets to the retreader, its unit number and wheel position information may be lost forever. It&amp;rsquo;s best to inspect the tire as it comes off the truck.

By Jim Park

Scrap piles call tell a lot about how fleets are using their tires and help reduce tire costs and improve miles to removal.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, Tires and Wheels

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Are You Putting Enough Air In Your Steer Tires?

Pressures of 105 psi are fine with 12,000-pound steer-axle loads, but may be 10-20 psi underinflated in 13,200-pound steer-axle loads.

By Jim Park

If you are not running at least 105 psi in your steer tires, you’re running underinflated. In some cases, those tires may be in run-flat condition.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Tire Inflation, Tires

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Getting the Most Out of Your Tire Program

Comprehensive tire management can turn a pile of beat-up rubber into a pile of gold.

By Jim Park

What to track in a tire program to make sure you’re getting the most out of every day they spend on the road.

Tags: Fleet Management, Tires, Tires and Wheels

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Top Tools for the Tire Shop

The one tool every tire shop needs is a tire inflation cage. It&#39;s designed to absorb the blast from a tire exploding during inflation.

By Jim Park

Moving tire care in-house can save time and money - if you have the right tools.

Tags: Maintenance Costs, Tires, Tires and Wheels, Tire Inflation

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Wheel-end Maintenance Saves Tires, Brakes

Proper bearing adjustment is precice work requiring specialised tools.

By Jim Park

A little extra diligence in the shop, or a bit of mechanical assistance, can help fleets avoid the irritants associated with loose wheel bearings, like irregular tire wear, premature brake relining and even wheel-offs.

Tags: Accuride, Alcoa, Timken, Dana Spicer, ConMet, SKF, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Ends

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Benchmarking Tire Programs: How Does Your Company Stack Up?

By Jim Park

Fleets spend tons of money on tires – so much, in fact, that bad tire management can become a competitive handicap. Find out how four well-run fleets run their tire programs to give their operations a competitive advantage.

Tags: Benchmarking, TMC, Tires, ATIS, Tires and Wheels, FedEx Ground

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Ounces of Prevention Means Miles of Cure For Your Tires

Alignment and balancing can keep your tires and your truck running straight and true.

By Jim Park

Unlike their human counterparts, dead tires do tell tales. And aside from underinflation and road strikes, the tales most commonly told of tires robbing their owners of full value revolve around alignment. Scrubbing and scuffing and driving tires off in different directions, poor alignment kills tires faster than almost any other mechanical malady.

Tags: TMC, Tires, Alignment, Bee Line Company, Hunter Engineering, IMI, Tires and Wheels, E-Z Line

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Top 3 Ways to Preserve Tire Life (And Value)

Even the best tires money can buy will profit from a little help. Basic maintenance can prolong tire life, sometimes dramatically.

By Jim Park

Still waiting for the million-mile tire? Don’t hold your breath, but we’ll probably see such a tire in our lifetime. For now, you’ll have to settle for half a million miles.

Tags: Michelin, Tires, NFI, Retreads, Tires and Wheels, Tire Inflation, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

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