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Peace and Quiet

. Tire lugs are dead giveaways. Even someone with trifocals can see the difference. You’ve also become pretty good at explaining tread life differences between tires by using the UTQG. Or at least using treadwear warranties. But what do you say to a valued customer who is complaining about noise? "I have a noise in

Rotational Education

Unraveling the mysteries of tire rotation takes a bit of doing. Just about all of us are nonchalant about rotating tires. We advertise free rotations for life if you buy tires from us. We unbolt ‘em, rotate ’em and rebolt ’em. From a marketing point-of-view, that’s a good idea. Just be certain you don’t sell

The Physics of Force

Without the braking force generated by tires, vehicles can’t stop. Well, actually they can, but it’s hell on wheels – and oil pans. Without cornering forces generated by the tire, a vehicle can’t handle. Well, actually it can if you consider a guardrail as part of a steering system. Practically speaking, without the essential physical

Watch That Load Capacity

We seem like such common sense people. "If the shoe fits, wear it," we say. "A penny saved is a penny earned," is another gem. Or how about this one: "No problem, I’ve got a pickup truck." To the great unwashed, common sense just went out the window. More than 80% of all pickup trucks

Telematics and Tires: Satellite and Chip Technologies Will Launch a Brave New World

What exactly does the term "telematics" mean? The term has been well used in recent years by commercial vehicle engineers and logistics planners in developing different truck components, data recording and retrieval systems, communications systems and other projects. And it is popping up more and more on the consumer vehicle side, with such services as

All the Angles

Right Equipment and Knowing What to Look for Cures Alignment Complaints Four-wheel alignments are commonplace in today’s service bays. Even light-duty, 4WD SUVs, such as Honda’s CR-V and Toyota’s RAV4, have independent rear suspensions with both camber and toe adjustments. Even solid, rear-axle vehicles require an alignment head on all four wheels. Without considering rear

The Forgotten Valve Stem

The Forgotten Valve Stem If industry pundits are right, you can expect to see EPDM (ethylene propylene) snap-in valves give way to aluminum clamp-in valves in the near future. But they may make a comeback. Confusing isn’t it? Credit the expected change to the TREAD Act and its TPMS imperative to carmakers. By 2007, all

Balancing for Bucks

Balancing For Bucks So what if a line haul driver can’t feel the vibration? Taking a pass on balancing truck tires is a big mistake for fleets, for drivers and, ultimately, for dealers. Following the flow of technology is going to help your fleet customers. That’s the trend. If you save them money, they love

What’s Caster Got to Do With It?

What’s Caster Got to Do With It? Experts tell us that caster is the most difficult of the three major alignment angles to understand and that improper caster settings are less likely to be felt by drivers of today’s front-wheel-drive vehicles. Of course, then they say irregular tire wear cannot be directly attributable to caster,

From the Track to the Rack

From the Track to the Rack Racing tires, like passenger car tires, are specialized for different applications and purposes. Every form of racing has its own speed, traction and handling needs that require specially designed tires. A Formula 1 car obviously needs a different type of tire than a NASCAR racer or a NHRA Top

Battling Wheel Slip

Battling Wheel Slip Wheel slippage has long been a point of concern in the tire industry, usually with high output engines and high torque applications – primarily farm equipment and commercial trucks. For the most part, these tire/wheel slip situations caused little more than brief consternation and had minimal impact on tire or vehicle performance.

Advancing Technology

Advancing Technology High tech manufacturing has made inroads in many industries, and tiremaking is no exception. Though robotics has not displaced traditional tire building techniques on a large scale, it’s use is certainly growing. Making a tire is a labor-intensive process for a variety of reasons. A tire consists of many individual components that all