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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

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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

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February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Tire 'Myth'-perceptions

Tire casings are inspected and reconditioned before making two, three, or perhaps four journeys down the road of life. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Prominent Canadian journalist Allan Fotheringham offered the following bit of advice to aspiring journalists: "If your mother tells you her age, check it out." But the advantages of a little skepticism aren't limited to journalist

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January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mismatched Duals

Small differences in circumference, diameter, or tread depth in a dual assembly, or a pressure differential of only 10-15 psi across the two, can wreck a tire - or both tires - in a matter of weeks. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Running two tires of different circumference, diameter, or tread depth in a dual assembly is a sure-fire way to kill two tires for the price of one

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December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's Killing Your Tires?

Look after your tires; your tires will look after you. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Tires are under constant attack, from the normal dynamic forces acting on the tread rubber, to a barrage of scrubbing and scraping actions caused by misaligned axles, unbalanced rotation, loose wheel bearings, and more

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December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mistaken Identity: Do Light Loads Really Cause Excessive Tire Wear?

Normally loaded, tires have a flat, even footprint. When empty at highway speed, the only center of the tread makes contact with the pavement.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Empty miles can chew up more than your balance sheet. Running empty one way may be good for fuel consumption, but it's hell on tires

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November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Turn Rubber into Gold: Tire Management

Carrying excessive inventory makes little sense. If you can accurately predict replacement cycles, your money stays where it belongs.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Here's a quick quiz: What's your tire cost per mile? How many miles per 32nd do you get out of a steer or drive tire? How many miles do you expect from a steer tire

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October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get Drivers Involved in Tire Maintenance

There are still a few drivers out there who care enough to help keep tire costs down.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Trying to get drivers actively involved in tire maintenance programs is like pushing rope uphill. If you're lucky, the good ones will kick or thump the tires during a pre-tri

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September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Streetwise Tires: Avoiding Urban Damage

Tires for regional and P&D applications face greater stress due to tight turns and constant stop-and-start cycles.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Unlike their relatively pampered long-haul cousins that run all day long on flat, straight Interstates, tires that earn their keep on city streets get up close and very personal with all manner of road hazards, including curbs, potholes, piercing grave

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Steering Clear of Trouble: Get Ready for Heavier Axles

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

While recruiting and compliance departments grapple with the potential implications of weight-based sleep-apnea testing for drivers, operations and maintenance personnel should be aware that trucks are getting heavier, to

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Telematics and Tire Pressure Monitoring

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

You don't need me to tell you that maintaining correct tire inflation pressure across a fleet of trucks and trailers is a challenge of biblical proportion

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Five Tire Killers

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Nobody questions that tires will wear out. But what might be considered reasonable in terms of service life varies considerably from application to application, from truck to truck, and from tire to tire

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Question of Balance

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Do we really need to balance our tires? Predictably, and depending who you ask, the answers are yes. Or no. Improvements in manufacturing processes guarantee a much better tire comes from the factory today than even a decade ago

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ticking Time Bomb? NOT!

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Two major television news reports within the last year cast a shadow over aging passenger-car and light-truck tires. Fatal accidents allegedly resulting from age-related tire degradatio

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Miles Ahead for Pennies a Day: Automatic Tire Inflation Systems

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Meet your new handy-dandy tire filler-upper. We're not talking about a knuckle-dragger named Earl, here, with eyes that gaze off in two different directions and a plug of tobacco in his cheek big enough to choke a horse

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreads: Play 'Em Again, Sam

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Despite their manifest advantages, retreaded tires continue to struggle with an image problem. It's widely assumed - wrongly - that much of the tire debris seen lying at roadside are the remains of a retreaded tire

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's New In Tires

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Round and black. That's about the extent of the similarities between today's marvels of engineering and yesteryear's truck tires. I think I'm safe saying we probably take our tires for granted. When they're doing well

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Playing by the Numbers: Spec'ing Tires For Fuel Economy

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Sooner or later the economy will heat up again and so will demand for fuel - and prices for it. So it's still wise to buy the most fuel-efficient vehicles and operate them wisely

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Airing on the Side of Safety

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

How much force would it take to hurl a 16-pound bowling ball three-quarters of a mile? About the same amount of potential energy packed into an 11-by-22-inch truck tire inflated to 100 psi, says the Tire Industry Association

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Evaluation: Are you getting all the information you need before spec'ing your tires?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Perhaps only computers remain a more confusing purchasing decision than tires. The thought of comparing RAMS and ROMS and Gigs and HDs and DVDs and processors strikes fear into the hearts of all but the hardened geek

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Severe Service Tires: Give 'Em Your Best Shot

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

It's a long way between a downtown back alley and an oil field, but as a tire sees the world, there are more similarities than differences. On-highway tires live the life of Riley compared to the severe-service tires

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June 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Grace Under Pressure

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Under-inflated tires and improper tread patterns conspire to rob you of fuel economy.

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