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Q. How are tire wear and suspension performance related?

A. When discussing tire wear and performance, it is important to consider both the tire and suspension manufacturers. For trailer suspensions, one of the primary design goals is to ensure the axle presents the tires to the road surface in a way that minimizes resistance to forward travel. For this reason, Hendrickson has invested in advanced manufacturing processes that allow for the straightest axle in the industry. Additionally, we always emphasize that proper suspension alignment and tire pressures are two of the most key factors to maximizing tire performance on a trailer.

Remember that steer, drive, and trailer tires are all unique. Because the tires on the tractor are either designed for optimal ride and handling (steer axles) or to react torque at the road surface (drive axles), they wear differently than trailer tires, which are designed to simply roll freely unless reacting to braking forces. Tire manufacturers and industry organizations like TMC publish diagnostic tools for evaluating tire wear. These publications almost always make a distinction between steer, drive, and trailer tires.

Typically, owner operators or fleet managers aim to use all of the tread on a tire. The objective is to wear out the rubber tread evenly. Tire wear can become an aggravator when it wears irregularly. No one wants to take a tire out of service because the usable tread has worn away in just one section or spot on the tire.

Proper alignment and tire inflation pressure are typically at the top of the list of factors that can influence tire wear. Solutions like Hendrickson’s QUIK-ALIGN Pivot Connection and TIREMAAX tire pressure controls systems help with maintaining these critical performance factors. The QUIK-ALIGN pivot connection allows for quick and easy suspension alignment without welding or use of section tools. TIREMAAX PRO is an advanced automatic tire pressure control system that is capable of actively inflating, relieving, and equalizing tire pressures across all wheel positions.

Hendrickson - TIREMAAX, TIREMAAX PRO-LB, TIREMAAX PRO TIREMAAX CP Tire Pressure Control System (hendrickson-intl.com)

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Answered by : Omar Fernandez

Marketing Director, Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems


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