Michelin Launches Videos to Help Prevent Wheel-Offs - Tire Review Magazine

Michelin Launches Videos to Help Prevent Wheel-Offs

Michelin Americas Truck Tires is using National Tire Safety Week to remind fleet operators, drivers and owner-operators to follow a tire inspection routine to help ensure greater tire and wheel-end safety.

In a combined effort with the Tire Industry Association, Michelin produced a video outlining the steps needed to ensure wheel-end safety and help avoid wheel-offs or wheel-end fires. The video shows a controlled test with a standard low-profile truck tire striking a stationary vehicle at approximately 55 mph. The vehicle is moved almost 4 inches and the damage to the driver’s door and door jamb is significant. After colliding with the vehicle, the inflated tire finally comes to rest almost 100 feet in the opposite direction. The video is available on the Michelin Truck Tires YouTube channel.
“When wheel-off events occur, they can result in damage to property or people, and the main culprit of these events is a lack of a basic, routine maintenance,” said Doug Jones, customer engineering support manager, Michelin Americas Truck Tires. “Many fleets and owner-operators have a regular maintenance program that includes checking the tires on their trucks and trailers, but anyone who doesn’t have a program should consider starting one right now.”
The most critical element of any tire maintenance program is maintaining correct tire pressure, according to Michelin. Drivers should have an accurate pressure gauge and be instructed to check the tires on their truck each day – all the tires, including inner duals. Along with tire pressure, another major safety issue that can often be avoided through proper maintenance checks is wheel-offs or runaway wheels, as well as wheel-end fires, which can lead to significant damage or accidents.

During the pre- or post-trip inspection, drivers should inspect the entire wheel end, including the tire, the wheel, the studs and fasteners, the hub area and the brakes. While there are many different methods for tightening wheel fasteners, the most accurate approach has traditionally been the manual torque wrench. Whatever method is selected, the end result on disc wheels must be 450 to 500 foot pounds of torque on each fastener. If a wheel-off does occur and the assembly strikes another vehicle, the resulting impact can be devastating to the driver and any passengers, Michelin said.

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