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Tire Tech: Rubber Cracking

January 4, 2019

Tires are typically exposed to a number of extreme conditions on the road, including acid rain, harsh chemicals and direct sunlight. Although the rubber compound in a tire may feature anti-aging chemicals in its composition, exposure to the elements can cause the rubber to lose some of its elasticity and create surface cracks. The anti-aging chemicals are more effective when tires are regularly used. Tires on vehicles that are driven infrequently are...

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Breaking In Your New Tires

January 4, 2019

New tires require a break-in period of 500 miles for optimum performance. Many new tires are cured with a release lubricant to prevent them from sticking to their mold. The lubricant stays on the surface of the tires, reducing traction until it is worn away. New tires may also respond slower on the road until the treads slightly wear down.Read More Here...

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One Easy Step to Increase Profitability and Retention

January 4, 2019

Tire troubles are a leading cause for violations issued by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. Improper tread depth is the most common tire-related CSA penalty. There are six major factors that cause irregular and premature tire wear on commercials trucks and busses. These factors include: selecting the wrong tire for the job; inadequate air pressure, improper mounting; tire imbalance and alignment; worn parts and the driving habits of the...

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Preventing Tire Blowouts By Monitoring Wear Patterns

January 4, 2019

Tire blowouts are typically caused by anything that allows air to escape and prevents the tire from supporting the weight of a vehicle. This can be the result of impact damage, a massive cut, or an unnoticed small puncture that allows the tire to slowly lose air over time until it fails.While tires have become so reliable that “blowouts” are an uncommon occurrence today, their lack of frequency only makes them more surprising and...

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Case Study | Maximize Your Investment with Groove Glove Fleet

January 4, 2019

Southland Truck Leasing (DBA Southland PacLease) is a full-service truck leasing and rental company operating out of seven locations that cover all of Louisiana. Southland Truck Leasing maintains 700+ full-service lease, contract maintenance, and rental units. As part of Louisiana’s largest medium- and heavy-duty truck dealership network, Kenworth of Louisiana can offer its customers and prospects a true, one-stop-shopping experience for all of...

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Telling Your Tires’ Age with the TIN

January 4, 2019

Why is the Tire Identification Number (TIN) so important? I have addressed the issue of recalled tires, but there is another important factor in the TIN, and that is found in the last 4 digits. The last 4 numbers in a TIN represent the week and year the tire was manufactured. For example, with a TIN that is DOT XX 54 X00 2613, the last 4 numbers (2613) means this tire was manufactured in the 26th week of 2013. This date is important for recall...

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The Beginning of Tire Safety: Tracking Tire Registration

January 4, 2019

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 3.2 billion tires were recalled between 2009 and 2013, yet less than 24% of those tires were actually recovered! What does this mean? It means a whopping 2.5 billion possibly defective tires are still on the road! This is a scary statistic. How does this happen?For almost 50 years, the U.S. federal government and the tire industry have been grappling with the issue of tire...

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Addressing the Situation: Tire Safety

January 4, 2019

In honor of National Tire Safety Week, I will be writing a short article each day to spark some dialogue around the topic of tires and tire safety.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 700 people die every year in tire-related crashes. When compared to the statistic for drunk driving (approx. 10,000/year), this may seem small. However, when you compare it to other vehicle-related deaths, this...

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Tire Profiles LLC on the Move

January 4, 2019

New Division and New Expert Join the TeamIrving, TX, November 15, 2016 –(PR.com)– Tire Profiles announced today the creation of a new division as well as the news of a key tire industry veteran joining their team. “Today I am pleased to announce that Mr. John Rastetter formally of Tire Rack has joined TPI as an industry consultant. John brings over 35 years of tire industry experience to our team,” said David Boyle the President and Chief...

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Replacement Tire Selection Guidelines

January 4, 2019

While it’s always best to replace a vehicle’s tires as a complete set, accident damage, road hazards and economic constraints can make it necessary to replace them individually as well. However, mixing tire brands, tire models or even significantly different tread depths can challenge a vehicle’s drivability. Therefore how many tires are going to be replaced influences both the best replacement tire choice, as well as where they should be...

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