TOP TEN TIPS FOR
FLEET TIRE MANAGEMENT
INFORMATION PROVIDED BY MICHELIN
Tires comprise the third highest cost in operating a truck fleet. There's no time like the present to start following important tire maintenance tips. Michelin recommends a Top 10 list of tire maintenance practices.

 

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Use an accurate pressure gauge. Every shop should have a master air gauge, and every driver should have an accurate pressure gauge and be instructed to check tires on their truck everyday.

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Store tires properly when they are not in use.  Place them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to avoid premature aging.

 

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Drivers should conduct a visual inspection of their vehicle's tires prior to operating the vehicle. Look for signs of irregular wear in the tire tread or shoulder areas, and examine the tires for bubbles or bumps which may be caused by air infiltration of foreign objects.

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Don't run underinflated.  A tire that is run 10 percent underinflated will lose 10 percent in tread wear and will come out of service quickly.

 

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Check the vehicle's owner's manual  or the vehicle load and tire information placard to determine precise air pressures for the loads the vehicle is designed to carry.

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Beware mixing tires on your vehicle, especially across an axle. Try to match tires with the same tread depth, same tread patterns and same height (or diameter).

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Check tires for 20 percent underinflation. A tire that is 20 percent below the optimal air pressure is considered a flat tire. A tire run under these conditions will experience casing fatigue that could rupture. If the tire has been run 20 percent underinflated, it should be removed from the vehicle and scrapped.

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Keep your tires clean. Wash them with warm soap and water. This will help prevent premature aging and deterioration of the rubber.

 

5

 

Never weld or apply heat to the wheel when the tire is mounted on it. This can cause serious damage to the tire and can cause the tire to explode, causing personal injury.

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Don't lose money.  Depending on how much your tires cost, you may be losing between $15 and $30 a tire due to underinflation (10 percent or more underinflated).
 
 
 
 

As demonstrated in this "Top Ten," tire pressure maintenance is highly important and should be the focal point of any tire maintenance program.

 

 

 

 
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