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A Question of Balance

June 10, 2009
Do we really need to balance our tires? Predictably, and depending who you ask, the answers are yes. Or no. Improvements in manufacturing processes...

Crud Catcher: Fifth Wheel Maintenance

June 10, 2009
As we head into winter, springtime may seem far away. But it's the aftereffects of winter's messy roads and de-icing compounds that lead to one of the...

Ticking Time Bomb? NOT!

June 10, 2009
Two major television news reports within the last year cast a shadow over aging passenger-car and light-truck tires. Fatal accidents allegedly resulting...

Miles Ahead for Pennies a Day: Automatic Tire Inflation Systems

June 8, 2009
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...

Retreads: Play 'Em Again, Sam

June 8, 2009
Despite their manifest advantages, retreaded tires continue to struggle with an image problem. It's widely assumed - wrongly - that much of the tire debris...

What's New In Tires

June 8, 2009
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...

Running Lean: Lightweight specs no longer just for payload

June 3, 2009
Weight, and what we're willing to pay to shed pounds, is relative. Tare isn't quite as critical to a typical truckload carrier as it is to a bulk or...

Airing on the Side of Safety

May 26, 2009
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...

Tires & Fuel Economy: Playing by the Numbers

May 26, 2009
Spec'ing considerations for tires run the gamut from application to serviceability, and from life cycle costs to anticipated fuel savings. No two fleets...

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

May 26, 2009
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...