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Tires

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Proper Inflation is Elementary

Bendix SmarTire monitoring system’s sensors are installed on the wheel, inside the tire, where they’re protected from road damage – something appreciated at Boyle Transportation. Photo: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

By Tom Berg

Keeping tires properly inflated is elementary to good maintenance, and products that aid in that quest can be valuable.

Tags: Tires, Tire Inflation, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Maximizing Truck Tire Tread Life

Proper spec’ing will keep tires in service longer. Highway tires are no match for the mean city streets. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Excessive friction or uneven contact between the pavement and the tire will cause tread to wear away faster than you should. It’s important that you do all you can to keep your tires running straight and true.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Spec'ing, Tires, Rubber

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Wide-Single Tires Need a Little More Care

Getting driver buy-in on regular tire inspections and pressure checks will prolong tire life and reduce costs. Photo: Michelin

By Jim Park

Wide-base single tires have saved truck fleets millions of gallons of fuel over the 20-plus years they have been in service and facilitated the transport of thousands of additional tons of payload. Good maintenance improves the value proposition with wide-base singles.

Tags: Tires, Wide-Base Tires, Tire Maintenance

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailer Tires: Choosing the Best Strategy for Your Fleet

Trailer tires are often abused and neglected, but they still play an important role in getting freight delivered. They are worthy of more than a passing thought. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Do you need to put new tires on a trailer? As it turns out, a lot of fleets do buy new tires for trailers, and for very good reasons.

Tags: Trailers, Tires, Regional

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

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

RoadCheck Begins: Don't Be Sidelined by Your Tires

Tread wear is the most obvious defect-- and one that immediately catches an inspector's eye. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Vehicle inspections take on a little more significance during RoadCheck, which begins Tuesday. Tires are the special focus this year. Have a close look at your tires before the inspectors do; it's may keep you out of the hooskow.

Tags: Tires, CVSA, Roadcheck, Inspections

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Choosing Tires for 6x2s

Putting all the engine torque through the tires on a single drive axle stresses the tires and can cause rapid tire wear. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

6x2 axle configurations offer undisputable weight and fuel savings, but they take their toll on tires. Does it have to be that way?

Tags: Fuel Savings, Tires, 6x2

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

3 Ways to Save on Tires

Which tire is best? Buyers have many price ranges to choose from. Cheaper up front may not be the best value in the long run. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Everybody knows tires can eat up a big chunk of a fleet’s operating budget. Keeping costs in line isn’t impossible, but you have to work at it. Here are three suggestions that can help you get a handle on tire costs and keep them under control.

Tags: Tire Costs, fleet maintenance, Tires

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Wheel-Offs Again

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

When it comes to wheel-offs, the mainstream press, and even some of the less well informed enforcement folk, always look to the driver first to find fault.

Tags: Maintenance, Inspections, Tires, Wheel-offs

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How to Reduce the Burden of Tire Maintenance

When it comes to tire maintenance, many chores can now be automated.

By Jim Park

Tire maintenance needn’t be a mind-numbing inconvenience. These tools can reduce the workload and improve efficiency.

Tags: Maintenance, Tools, Tires

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tire Pressure, Fuel Economy and GHG Regs

Trailers that go unseen for months can benefit from automatic tire inflation. What about fleets that see their trailers every week? Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Should tire inflation systems be part of the new federal greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules? Trucking’s track record with pressure maintenance says yes. But, uncertainty over the definition of proper inflation raises questions.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, EPA, Tires, Tire Inflation

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Preparing Your Winter Tire Program

HDT File Photo

By Pressure Systems International

For commercial tires, fall is the best time to insure winter tire programs are completely up to speed.

Tags: Tires, Winter Equipment, Winter, Tire Pressure

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

SmartWay List Swells with Cheap Chinese Tires

Will an increasing number of cheap imported tires cause a rise in the amount of roadside tire debris? Photo by Jim Park.

By Jim Park

A massive influx of Chinese tires, some costing $100 or less, has flooded the U.S. EPA's list of SmartWay verified tire in the past year. What does this mean for tire retailers and retreaders, fleets and even the enforcement community?

Tags: China, EPA SmartWay, Tires

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Preventing Irregular Wear on Wide-Base Tires

Wide base tires are thought to suffer premature wear. That’s sometimes the case but it’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

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

When the Road Meets the Rubber

The very pavement you drive upon is chewing away at your tires, mile after mile. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Irregular or accelerated tire wear is annoying and expensive, but there's something else eating away at your expensive assets: the pavement itself.

Tags: Tires, Highways, Pavement Research

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Savings vs. Shorter Tire Life

Can low-rolling-resistance tires reduce tire costs and save fuel? Some say yes; other disagree.

By Jim Park

Are low-rolling-resistance tires a cost-effective proposition? It’s not an easy question to answer. Chances are your low-rolling resistance tires are performing better than you think.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tire Maintenance with Ryder's Scott Perry

Check and record tire pressure and tread depth every time you see a tire. Photo courtesy of Goodyear

By Jim Park

Ryder Systems has one of the most diverse fleets in the country, and one of the largest. Management of that fleet's tire assets falls to Scott Perry, vice president of supply management. You may not find him out in the yard gauging tires, but he certainly responsible for getting every last penny in value from his tires.

Tags: Ryder System, Tire Inflation, Tire Alignment, Tires

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Figuring Out Wide-Base Single Tires

OEMs rely heavily on tires to meet their CAFE requirements under GHG reduction rules. Once fuel-efficient tires are installed, you can’t legally take them off.

By Jim Park

Wide-based single tires have proven weight- and fuel-saving properties, but not every fleet can make them work. Yet there may still be options.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Wide-Base Tires, Lightweighting

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Ways to Extend Tire Life and Improve Fuel Economy

Speed is a tire and fuel-economy killer. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fuel efficiency and tread mileage go hand in hand. Here's one of those rare opportunities to whack two birds with one stone. By following these five easy steps, you can improve your tread life as well as your fuel economy.

Tags: TPMS, TMC, Alignment, ATIS, Tire Inflation, Tires, Fuel Economy

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Working With Your Tire Provider

Larger dealers are often associated with a retreader. Keeping all the services under one roof makes for easier tracking, billing and record keeping.

By Jim Park

Anybody can change a tire, but does your dealer make yard calls and bring some inventory along so the necessary tires can be changed on site without delay?

Tags: Maintenance Costs, Tires, Retreads, Parts and Service

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TMC Survey Reveals Misinformed View of Fuel-Efficient Tires

By Jim Park

Do the fuel savings of low-rolling-resistance tires outweigh the assumed shorter miles-to-removal? A TMC survey found a disturbing lack of knowledge among members about their own fleet operations.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Wide-Base Tires, Technology & Maintenance Council, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Coming Soon: Inflation Systems for Drive Axles

A schematic of Dana's Central Tire Inflation System, which is similar to the system the company is developing for the on-highway market.

By Jim Park

Drive axle inflation systems might not be the Holy Grail of truck maintenance, but they are in a position to cure a vexing problem. Tire pressure maintenance is time-consuming and costly, but there's no debating the savings from properly inflated tires. At least four manufacturers have systems in development. At least one is already available.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Airgo, Tires

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’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 - WebXclusive

Inspecting Your Tires

By Pressure Systems International

Inspecting tires on a routine and regular basis is the key to succeeding in maximizing your tire removal miles. The goal of every tire program is to ensure that the tires are running smoothly and evenly without irregular wear.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Meritor, PSI, Tire Inflation, Tires

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 - WebXclusive

Q&A: Al Cohn on Fuel-Efficient Tires, Footprints and Inflation

Buying fuel-efficient tires? Better make sure they're at the optimum inflation. (File photo: Goodyear)

By Jim Park

We sat down with tire-industry expert Al Cohn to gain some insight into fuel-efficient tires. We asked about inflation pressure and how it relates to tire wear and fuel efficiency, and about the wisdom of paying more for a tire that doesn't last as long.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Tire Inflation

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'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

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Get the Most from Your Tire Pressure Sensors

Nearly all roadside tire failures can be traced back to underinflation. A TPMS system can reduce such incidents and pay for itself in less than 8 months. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fleets are increasingly looking to tire pressure and temperature monitoring systems to optimize tire life and performance -- but if the system is not installed right, you won't get the full benefit of your investment.

Tags: TPMS, Bendix, Advantage PressurePro, Tires, Inflation

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Evaluate Performance of Improved Tire Designs

By Pressure Systems International

Tire companies continue to make improvements to existing products on an ongoing basis. New materials in combination with new and improved design construction may significantly help tire performance.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, Tire Inflation

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Tires Affect Fuel Economy Testing

Apples to oranges. Accurate fuel economy test results can only be obtained using idendical trucks, including the tires.

By Jim Park

When setting out to evaluate a fuel-saving product, you don't want your numbers skewed by differences in rolling resistance from the tires. With some fuel-saving devices promising only marginal gains, the tires' contribution to the fuel consumption can adversely affect the apparent performance of the product. Here's what to watch for when setting up an evaluation or testing program.

Tags: Fuel Economy, SAE, Low Rolling Resistance Tires, Tires

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Medium-Duty Tires Go Fuel-Efficient

Downtown streets still pose a threat to delivery fleets' tires. Nobody will give up protection for fuel economy; the tire people say they won't have to.

By Jim Park

The factors driving tire design for medium-duty trucks has changed. Today, tire makers must balance fuel efficiency and bulletproof durability to stand up to a harsh P&D environment.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Fuel Economy, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Benefits of Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires Explained

By Jim Park

There's little doubt left that tires formulated for lower rolling resistance work as advertised, but it's still tough to give up at few thousandths of an inch of tread. After all, tire miles are important, too. How much of a difference does the reduction in rolling resistance make?

Tags: Goodyear, Fuel Economy, Bridgestone, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Has the U.S. SmartWay Program Helped Retreading?

By Jim Park

With regulations affecting how fleets fit their wheels, the retreading industry is still deciding whether or not the inclusion of verified low-rolling-resistance tires on the EPA's SmartWay list has helped the industry.

Tags: Retreads, Tires, EPA SmartWay, California Air Resources Board, California

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Nitrogen Tire Inflation: Still in the Game?

Nitrogen inflation is used in many specialty applications, but its ROI in heavy trucks is less clear. Photo by Dmirty A. Mottl, via Creative Commons.

By Jim Park

We don't hear much these days about nitrogen tire inflation systems for heavy trucks. They are still out there, and some users are reporting good results from their installations. Still, the ROI is hard to quantify. Using nitrogen won't hurt your tires, but there might be better ways to spend your tire maintenance dollars.

Tags: Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Continental Tires, Tires, Tire Inflation

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retread Your Way to Prosperity

By Jim Park

Despite success stories reported by successful fleets, some misconceptions about retreads still exist. These myths are often based on bad, and sometimes severely outdated, information.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, Ryder, Goodyear, TRIB, Bridgestone

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Turn to Technology to Keep Tires at Proper Inflation

By Jim Park

We know from experience that many fleets don't do a great job at tire inflation management. And we know there's little point in looking to drivers for help in the matter, so what's left to do? Enter technology.

Tags: Tires, Tire Inflation, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Tires

By HDT Staff

From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Fuel Management, Tires, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, ATIS, Wide-Base Tires, Tire Inflation, Low Rolling Resistance Tires, Fuel Economy

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Inflate your Tires, Not Your Fuel Bill

The harm from overinflating tires, especially those that run a high percentage of unloaded miles, could outweigh the perceived gains in fuel efficiency.

By Jim Park

For as hard as fleets work for a 1% gain in fuel efficiency, it's hard to imagine giving up something like 2-4% in fuel efficiency to something as simple as maintaining correct inflation pressure, especially today when almost every inflation or monitoring system on the market offers payback in less than a year.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Tire Inflation

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Don't Scrub Away Tire Savings

By Jim Park

You've heard the expression, 'It's like herding cats"? It's like that with tires when your alignment is out of whack. With all those wheels heading in different directions, it's unlikely you're getting the best fuel economy -- or tire life.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Alignment

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

ATA asks FMCSA to Eliminate Tire Underinflation Violation

Inspectors wrote more than 30,000 violations for under-inflated tires over a two-year period. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

There is no official definition of underinflated against which to write citations, so the cops have historically been sort of making it up as they go along -- more than 30,000 tickets written on a regulation that has been proven impossible to determine.

Tags: ATA, TMC, CVSA, Tire Inflation, Tires

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, Counteract Balancing Beads

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Frequent Inspections Save Tires

Frequent and thorough yard checks will catch problems your drivers miss.

By Jim Park

It seems the best you can expect from many drivers is a quick visual check that the tire is where it should be. Whether or not it's capable of holding air is another matter.

Tags: Tire Costs, Tires, Tire Inflation

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Do We Worry Too Much About Inflation Pressure?

Tires exposed to direct sunlight will hear up, causing pressure differentials between shaded tires, like inside duals. Illustration courtesy of Aperia Technologies

By Jim Park

Tire pressure monitoring systems have allowed us a peek into the secret life of tires, and revealed some astonishing details.

Tags: TPMS, TMC, ATIS, Tire Pressure, Tires

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Switching to Wide-Base Singles: Keys to Success

By Jim Park

Everything you need to know about switching from dual wheels to wide-base singles you can learn at a playground. What you need to know about wide-base tires, axles and offsets.

Tags: Tires, Meritor, Wheels, DANA, Axles, Wide-Base Tires

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

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Making the Case for Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires

Premium all-position tires offer reduced rolling resistance through ribbed tread patterns and shallow grooves.

By Jim Park

How do you explain to the boss that the tires you want to buy are going to cost more up front but run fewer miles? You can explain they will save money on fuel, but then she's going to want numbers.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Keeping Your Wheels in the Game (updated)

Pictures are worth a thousand words, they say. What sort of a message do the wheels on this trailer convey about its owner?

By Jim Park

Back in 1984, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a regulation requiring that truck wheels be stripped of rust and debris before mounting a tire. Easier said than done, the industry moaned at the time. Labor was less costly then, but wire brushes and elbow grease weren’t going to cut it.

Tags: OSHA, Goodyear, CSA, TMC, Tires, Wheels, IMI, Wheel refinishing, Maxion Wheel

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What's this Cold Weather Doing to Your Tire Pressure? (updated)

Big changes in ambient temperature will affect tire inflation pressure. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park

Here's one more reason to fear the dreaded Arctic Vortex: It plays havoc with tire pressure. If you're based in North Dakota and your trucks never travel too far south or west, there's hardly anything to worry about. San Diego-based fleets running up into the Midwest and the Dakotas or vice versa could have a problem.

Tags: TPMS, ATIS, Tires

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