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TRIB to Hold Tire Inflation Contest at NAFA Conference

(Akron/Tire Review) From May 6-9, The Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) will hold a “Pump ‘Em, Don’t Thump ‘Em” tire contest at the 2006 National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) Fleet Management Institute & Law Enforcement Conference in Orlando, Fla.

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Sponsored by the Meritor tire inflation system by PSI (Pressure Systems International), the contest allows fleet professionals attending the conference to determine the pre-set inflation pressure of a tire by giving it a "thump." Those coming within +/- 5 psi of the pre-set inflation pressure will receive a prize. A grand prize will be awarded to the contestant who guesses the inflation pressure to the exact psi.

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The contest is designed to demonstrate that "trying to determine if tires need air by thumping them is as effective as trying to determine if a vehicle’s engine needs oil by thumping on the hood," says Harvey Brodsky, TRIB’s managing director. "Air pressure should be checked regularly – at least once a week – using a properly calibrated tire gauge."

"More than 80% of fleet tire problems are caused by improper inflation," adds D. Mike Pennington of ArvinMeritor. "In fact, tires represent the second-largest financial expenditure for most fleets."

The NAFA Conference, billed as the industry’s largest gathering of fleet professionals, brings together attendees from the corporate, government, law enforcement and utilities sectors.

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In addition to holding the contest, TRIB will also display a variety of retreaded truck tires and distribute information packets on retreaded tires and tire repair and maintenance.

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