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January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tires & Wheels: 5 Ways to Stretch Your Tire Budget

By Jim Park

If stretching your tire budget means buying cheaper tires, you may be cheating yourself. You'll get more tires for less money — and that looks good up front — but does that theory hold up after six months or a year?

Tags: Tires, Retreads

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smaller truck tire buyers to benefit from greenhouse gas and CAFE regs

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Mike Yap is a plumbing and heating contractor near Buffalo, N.Y. He operates two GMC 3500-series cargo vans and two utility trailers. He buys tires from a local auto supply jobber. He's a price shopper

Tags: Tires, light trucks

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Yokohama's Rick Phillips Talks Commercial Tire Trends

When it comes to commercial tire sales, 2012 could not have been any more contrasting from 2011, says Rick Phillips, Yokohama Tire's director of commercial sales. Phillips, a 35-year tire industry veteran, discusses what the challenges were within the commercial tire industry in 2012 and how they will affect truck owners in 2013

Tags: Economy, Tires

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TireStamp Offers TPMS Servicing App for Tire Dealers

TireStamp Inc. released its upgraded, cloud based TireVigil Servicing app with features specifically designed for commercial tire dealers who provide services to fleets using the TireVigil tire pressure monitoring system

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November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Federal field testing proves ROI on automatic tire inflation systems

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

We now have conclusive proof that automated tire inflation systems and tire pressure monitoring systems offer quantifiable payback

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October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keep Tires Running Straight and True

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

In tire and wheel mounting, the line between right and wrong is a thin one. A few thousandths of an inch on either side of correct can throw tires and wheels into a mean wobble or cause them to bounce up and down like pistons

Tags: Tires, Wheels, concentric mounting

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alignment Matters: Taking vehicle alignment for granted could cost you

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

When it comes to the alignment on your truck, "close enough" can cost you a lot of money

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September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diligent Drivers Can Help Improve Tire Maintenance

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Compared to, say, slopping out a hog barn, checking tire pressure is a hoot. No wonder drivers take so readily to the task

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July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TireStamp Introduces TireVigil TPMS Trailer

By Truckinginfo Staff

TireStamp Inc. is introducing TireVigil TPMS Trailer, which automatically connects to TireVigil TPMS on the tractor and is the first trailer tire pressure monitoring system that meets the new TPMS 2.0 standard for commercial TPMS products

Tags: Tires, TPMS

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Casing Cost Recovery

Tire mileage turned to dust: Tread scrubbing machines remove all traces of old tread to sculpt the casing for the new tread.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Think of a tire casing as a foundation. It's the foundation of the whole tire, but also the foundation of a successful tire-cost management program

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May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MPG for Mediums

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, Equipment Editor

The medium-duty world is dominated by the rental and leasing sectors and the pickup and delivery sector, at least in terms of the Class 5-7 trucks using 17.5- and 19.5-inch tires. What they want dictates what the tire makers deliver

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April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How to Prevent Wheel-offs

Drivers must check for obvious signs of wheel and fastener damage, but many faults will be hidden, especially over-torquing which will eventually lead to failure.

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

There's no shortage of information on wheel integrity: posters, pamphlets, simple one-page instruction sheets and a bunch of YouTube videos, not to mention mandatory day-long wheel-installation courses. We're inundated with education on how to make sure wheels stay attached to the truck

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March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Offers Bendix CVS SmarTire for Select Class 8 Trucks

SmarTire will be available as a factory-installed option on the Kenworth T660 and Kenworth T700 later this year, with plans to offer it on other Kenworth Class 8 trucks soon after.

By Truckinginfo Staff

Kenworth will offer SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System from Bendix Commerical Vehicle Systems as an option on select Class 8 trucks

Tags: Tires, Kenworth, TPMS, Bendix

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Regular Tire Pressure Checks are Worthwhile

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Weekly tire pressure checks might seem unrealistically ambitious, but given what's at stake in terms of tread wear and tire life, it's a worthwhile goal. Regular tire inspections should, obviously, include pressure checks

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March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Protecting Your Investment With Proper Tire Inspections

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There's more to a proper tire inspection than kicking it with a cold boot

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February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

On/Off Highway Tires: One Size Won't Fit All

Tires such as Bridgestone's M843 provide a balance of good traction, good fuel economy and good tread life when used as an all-position tire.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

A racehorse would do about as well dragging a plow through a muddy field as a plow horse would do plodding down the back stretch at Churchill Downs.

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January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Outsourcing Your Tire Program

Many fleets keep a technician trained on wheel and tire procedures to look after the day-to-day work, but farm out the mounting and dismounting, retreading, etc. to a vendor. Photo by Jim Park.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The service truck arrives at 8:30 Sunday morning, as usual. The two tire techs unload 16 freshly mounted and balanced, retreaded drive tires, eight new steer tires on reconditioned wheels, and a take-off drive tir

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December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Your Wheel Bearings Adjusted Properly?

With tolerances no more than the width of human hairs, there's little room for guess work when torqueing wheel bearings. Photo courtesy of Consolidated Metco.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Good and bad in the wheel-bearing world is divided by a very fine line - about the width of two human hairs, in fact. That's not much of a margin considering the potential consequences of improper adjustment

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December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Factory Settings vs. 'As-Driven'

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If something is set to factory specs it must be just right, right? In the alignment world, "factory specs" really means it's close enough. Close enough, however, might not be good enough when your tires are being chewed right off the wheels

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December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: The Art & Science of Alignment

Too many tires are pulled from service prematurely due to extensive irregular wear. In most cases, alignment would solve those problems.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Vehicle alignment is a great example of why they teach geometry in high school. How many times did you wonder when you would ever use Euclidean geometry or the Pythagorean theorem?

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November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Storage & Inventory Management

Storing tires and maintaining a current inventory is the task that never ends. There are easier ways to manage tire inventories. (Photo: Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Even when your tires aren't out on the road getting used and abused, they're still costing you money. Stacked in a warehouse or in a storage trailer on the back forty, they're taking up valuable floor spac

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Automatic Tire Inflation Systems Guard Against Premature Failure

In many cases, the cost of two or three service calls will pay for an automatic tire inflation system.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Next to the click-click-click sound of your starter on a cold winter morning, a trucker's most dreaded sound has to be the hiss of a slowly deflating tire

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Advances in Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Make it Easier than Ever to Get the Most Out of Your Tires

Trucks with flat tires don't go anywhere. TPMS can prevent flats or run-flat conditions that stop trucks and ruin tires. (Photo: Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Pneumatic or "balloon" tires go back to 1845, when Robert W. Thomson filled a leather-covered rubber tube with air and wrapped it around a wheel

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July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Art and Science of Spec'ing Tires

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Tires are a big part of the fleet maintenance and operations puzzle. They serve an obvious purpose, but how well they perform in the operational theater is key to a successful tire program. What's important in a tire to one fleet may not matter at all to another

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August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spec'ing Tires With Fuel Efficiency in Mind

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Spec'ing tires is a lot like photography. It's a series of trade-offs and compromises. Let's say you're after a night shot of a city skyline. Because it's dark, you have to use a long exposure, which could make the photo blurry

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August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Extend Tire Life: Learn How to Tell When Your Trucks are Killing Your Tires

Irregular wear on trailer tires could be a combination of  pre-existing wear and poor  maintenance of the trailer. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Thousands of tires are cast prematurely onto scrap piles every month. That's hundreds of thousands of miles of operation fleets give up because their tires die untimely, unnatural and often unnecessary deaths. And the tires themselves are rarely to blame

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August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Uneven Wear on Wide-Base Single Tires

Shoulder wear on wide-base singles is a common problem.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The wear demons don't discriminate between standard and wide-base single tires. With a few exceptions, the kinds of irregular wear that standard tires exhibit will appear on wide-base singles, too

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August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Need to Know About Tire Valves

By Al Cohn, Director New Market Development & Engineering Support, Pressure Systems International

Most fleets consider tire valve stems and valve hardware as an afterthought, but there are many issues associated with valve stem hardware that fleets need to be aware of

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July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wheel Balance From the Inside Out

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The next time you're driving alongside a truck at highway speed, have a look at the wheels. They should be running straight and true without any wobble or vibration

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July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Under-inflated Tires Are No Longer Just an Efficiency Issue: They Can Affect Your Safety Profile

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Need another reason to sweat your tire pressure? How about CSA? It would be hell explaining to your grandkids that you used to run a trucking company until the DOT put you out of business because of poor tire maintenance

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May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Schneider Tackles Summer Tire Problems

Excessive heat, road construction, impending safety regulations and other factors created a tire shortage within the trucking industry last summer, sidelining a record number of tractors and trailers

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April 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Suspensions & Tire Wear

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The knee-bone connects to the leg-bone. The leg-bone connects to the ankle-bone. The axle-bone connects to the wheel-bone, and the wheel-bone connects to the tire-bone … so the song goes, sort of.

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March 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreads: Money Saved is Money Earned

Retreading is a cost-effective hedge against increasing tire raw material costs. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Still looking for good reasons to embrace retreaded tires? Have you seen the price of oil lately?

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March 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making Tires Last

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

How much are you willing to invest to make your tires last longer? There is no shortage of tools or strategies available to help prolong tire life, and thereby reduce tire costs, but are they worth the effort and expense

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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems: No One-Trick Pony

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Okay, we know that optimized tire pressure improves tread and casing life (and value too) and can contribute to improved fuel economy.

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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Balancing Act - Why Balance Just Tires?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Try starting a discussion about balancing truck wheels

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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Balancing Act - Why Balance Just Tires? They Are Only One Part Of A Rotating Assembly.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Try starting a discussion about balancing truck wheels. You can just watch the eyeballs rolling backward in their sockets

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lead Weights On The Way Out

An estimated 2,000 tons of lead tire weights are lost from vehicles each year

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lead Weights On The Way Out

An estimated 2,000 tons of lead tire weights are lost from vehicles each year

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wheel-Ends: Torque your nuts

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Attaching wheels to a truck hub is serious business. Yet it's not uncommon to see some big bruiser of a mechanic, one foot against the bottom of the tire, whaling away with a 1-inch-drive impact gun driving the wheel nuts home

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Wheel-End Problems -- Beyond the Obvious

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

We focus on tires here, mostly, but wheels and hubs, and the other gear that attaches tires to trucks, deserve attention too. Wheel-ends function as a system:

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October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All Pressured Up: Automatic Tire Inflation Systems Offer Protection from Underinflation Woes

Automatic tire inflation systems are now available for 19.5-inch wheels and wide-base single tires. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

As I write each month on the latest advancements in tire development and improvements in technology to prolong tire life and reduce operating costs, one single theme remains front and center: the need to keep tires properly inflated

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nitrogen Tire Inflation

Nitrogen tire filling helps maintain proper inflation pressure longer. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Nitrogen is not some magic gas with mystical properties, nor is it some philosopher's stone capable of changing the properties of tire rubber

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Where Old Tires Go to Die

You have a lot more trailer tires in your fleet than steer or drive tires. Don't treat them as disposable. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Prevailing thinking has it that trailers are a good place to squeeze the last few miles of tread life out of used steer and drive tires prior to retreading or disposing of them

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July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreads May Soon Be On SmartWay's Green List

What constitutes a fuel-efficient retreaded tire? An industry committee could soon have the answer. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Have a look at the list of U.S. EPA SmartWay approved low-rolling-resistance, fuel-efficient tires and you'll notice there are no retreads on the list

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wide-Base Singles: What You Need to Know

Their track record is firmly established and the efficiency gains are well documented, but they are not for every operation. Will they work for you? (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Many who have switched from duals to wide-base single tires have an almost evangelical enthusiasm for the things. They report better fuel mileage, longer tread life, better handling and stability, higher payload potential, and reduced maintenance costs

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All That, And Fuel Economy Too

Fuel efficiency hasn't been a high priority for tire makers' medium-duty and regional service offerings - until now. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Talk tires with anyone in the long-haul truckload sector, and fuel economy won't be long percolating to the surface. Every mile they run is pure cost, and any savings are big savings

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April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sourcing the Right Tire Repair Partner

Do you know who is actually doing the service work? In-house national-account service programs take the mystery out of roadside service calls. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If you're going to have trouble on the road, chances are a tire is at the root of your grief. Tires remain the single most common reason for roadside service calls, no matter who you talk t

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracking Tire Performance

So many brands of tires, so many wheel positions, so many options. Data tracking can help evaluate tire performance. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

Tags: Tires

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracking Tire Performance

So many brands of tires, so many wheel positions, so many options. Data tracking can help evaluate tire performance. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

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