Commercial Tires
Dealing With Nuts: Solve Frozen Nut Caps With Low-Tech Techniques

Dealing With Nuts Solve Frozen Nut Caps With Low-Tech Techniques We’ve all heard the speculations and read the stories: Computer chips in tires with handheld readers for commercial tire service technicians are just around the corner. Every truck will need a laptop and Internet access in-cab by 2010. The information age has finally arrived, and

School Bus Tires and Basic Lesson Plans

School Bus Tires and Basic Lesson Plans June has arrived and the first year of the new century is passing quickly in the history books. At this point back in 1901, there were few – dare we say none ®“ alternatives to walking, riding horseback, or hitching a wagon ride to the old schoolhouse. It’s

Very Big Plans: Tire Review’s Exclusive Look at X-One Production, Marketing

#x2019;s tread design and compound provide lower rolling resistance and longer removal mileage than standard tires, said Michelin, adding to the overall cost savings.The X-One is currently available in two tread designs: the XDA drive, an OE exclusive to Freightliner until mid-2003, and the XTA trailer, available as OE to any trailer maker. Both are

Will the Real Cost-Per-Mile Step Forward?

h3>Blame the Bean Counters Why, then, is there such great disparity in total tire costs cited by various fleet managers? The most obvious answer is that not everyone does an equally outstanding job of addressing, or executing, the basics. Larger differences, however, can run much deeper and in most instances can be traced to –

The Forces Are With Us

The Forces Are With Us There are some new terms being used in the tire and vehicle servicing industries today and you may want to learn more about them as they’re not likely to disappear. Most of these terms include the word "force". Such as "road force", "force variation", "dynamic force", and half a dozen

Sonic Bust

Sonic Bust Can we rebound form a speed-of-sound decline?   It’s fair to say the medium truck tire market is sagging. Stagnant at best. Fleets are filing Chapter 7 and 11 at a record pace. There is a surplus of used trucks just waiting to be bought. Production of new trucks is at a trickle.

Anything But Average: Profile Study Shows Dealers Adjusting to Stay Ahead

Anything But Average Profile Study Shows Dealers Adjusting to Stay Ahead Tire Review’s annual Tire Dealer Profile Study provides an accurate snapshot of the "typical" tire dealer. This year’s 2000-2001 Dealer Profile Study, however, was expanded to include a more detailed look at today’s commercial tire dealer. While the clear majority of tire dealers are

Getting in on the Wheel Deal

uncil (TMC) has an excellent publication titled "User’s Guide to Wheels and Rims" which is a compilation of the knowledge and experience of top industry suppliers and fleet maintenance personnel. The installation, inspection, and maintenance procedures for wheels, rims, and fastener components in this TMC Recommended Practice are readily available (phone 703-838-1763) and should be

Make the Right Call: Selecting the Right Valve Stem Not as Easy as It Seems

Make the Right Call Selecting the Right Valve Stem Not as Easy as It Seems When tubeless tires first entered the commercial tire market years ago, technicians assumed that if the tubeless valve stem fit the hole in the wheel it was the right valve stem. Today, that assumption could lead to severe problems. Over

Make the Right Turn: Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Proper Valve Stem Torque

Make the Right Turn Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Proper Valve Stem Torque When the ITRA’s Commercial Tire Service Program began in 1996, I thought I knew everything about truck tires and wheels. Years of experience on the road and in the shop made me an expert as far as I was concerned. I didn’t

Do We Really Need This Much Information?

Do we really need this much information? Cold winter nights offer the best opportunity for many of us to catch up on reading material. Whether it’s job-related trade journals, industry studies, or a good novel, there is much information and entertainment available in print.Chances are pretty good, however, that unless you’re an incurable insomniac, you

Is Wider Better?: Michelin Leads Super Wide Charge in North America

Is Wider Better? Michelin Leads Super Wide Charge in North America With the introduction of a new breed of radial truck tires in North America, dual fitments on line haul fleets may become a thing of the past.Best described as “super wide” tires – not to be confused with bulky conventional-sized wide base tires commonly