Many people who need to get around town daily will use their vehicles to complete errands, go to work, bring the kids to school, and do numerous other activities. It is especially true for fleet and truck owners since the vehicle is a primary source of income. That means the truck need to be inspected and regularly completed to ensure they remain in tip-top condition.
One of the scariest things to happen when driving, especially on the freeway, is for a tire on the truck to fail or have a blowout. As you drive, tire wear and tear becomes more and more obvious, so it is important to inspect each tire regularly to make sure it is still viable to be driven on. Checking the tread wear and the air pressure is key, in addition to having your truck serviced and the tires professionally inspected.
At Cornerstone Mobile Service, we understand the importance of keeping your trucks in excellent condition by being proactive rather than reactive. Because we have our fleet, we realized that proactive maintenance and inspections help keep costs lower and run our trucks more consistently with less repair work. We are bringing that type of proactive vehicle maintenance and service to truck and fleet owners in the Minneapolis, St. Paul, Twin Cities metro area.
Common Causes of Tire Failure
A major concern for fleet vehicle owners is the wear and tear they put on their trucks' tires. Since the tires continuously hit the pavement for many hours every day, they can quickly become worn down and need replacements.
Tire failure is extremely frightening on the road, so our expert mechanics at Cornerstone Mobile Service want you to be aware of the most common causes of tire failure, so you know what to look out for on the road. These include:
- Low pressure and under-inflation: Many things can affect the tire pressure/inflation of your commercial vehicle. Every month, fleet vehicle tires typically lose about 2% of their air pressure naturally, which may cause irregular wear and tear. Additionally, temperature changes, worn valve stems, and objects in the tires such as nails or sharp rocks can quickly deplete the air pressure. Proper inflation ensures that the vehicle continues to run smoothly for as long as possible.
- Alignment issues: An important part of the tires you have on your commercial vehicle is how they are aligned on the axle. Misalignment can wreak havoc on the wear and tear when there is a toe-in or toe-out misalignment of the axles.
- Mismatches in the tires: Many types of mismatches can affect the tire's wear and tear, leading to premature wear and future blowouts or failures. Be sure the tires have the same tread depth, come from the same manufacturer, have the same amount of wear (do not align new tires with old tires), have the same diameter (may not be equal even when the tread is identical), and are inflated to the same level. The tiniest of differences can cause serious damage and potentially lead to tire failure.
- Wrong tires on the commercial vehicle: Not all tires are created equal! It would help if you had the right tire on your fleet vehicle for the right application. Tire tread depth, groove geometry, tread compounds, and other engineering concerns are all factored into creating commercial tires. If you use the wrong tires on your vehicle, you will be replacing them much sooner than you would expect.
- Road hazards or impacts: When your trucks hit something in the road or roll over some hazard, that damage can impact the life of your tires and their performance on the road. Radial splits, conditions of the rubber, reinforcement wire separation, and heat generation all contribute to a tire blowout.
- Excessive torque: When you have high torque in your commercial vehicles, this can affect the drive tire wear patterns. Heel and toe wear patterns can negatively affect the longevity of your tire.
How to Prevent Irregular Tire Wear and Other Issues
With these common causes of tire failures and blowouts, here are several ways you can prevent irregular tire wear patterns and the other issues that lead to tire problems on the road:
- Check tire air pressure at least once per week as part of your tire maintenance.
- The monitoring system is a good investment for tire inflation.
- Be sure the alignment is correct. Start with the steer tire to determine if the wear and tear patterns are irregular.
- When one tire wears out or needs to be replaced, be sure to change its matching dual-position tire as well.
- Check tires for matching tread depth, diameter, and inflation level.
- Ensure you have the proper tires for your truck based on how you will be using them. For instance, you should have fuel-efficient long-haul drive tires on trucks used for long-haul applications rather than local or regional hauling.
- Check for evidence of impacts from the road or hazards that may have caused damage to the tire or alignment of the axle.
- Reduce torque, drive more slowly, or rotate the drive tires frequently to help prevent the wear patterns from becoming overly saturated in one area and lead to a tire failure.
If you are having issues with your tires (noticeable most often when you steer), contact an experienced mechanic such as ours at Cornerstone Mobile Service in Fridley, Minnesota.
Contact Our Experienced Mechanics to Discuss Irregular Wear on Truck Tires
At Cornerstone Mobile Service in Minnesota, we are dedicated to helping fleet vehicle and trailer owners with serious tire problems. Improper tire inflation, mechanical issues, and other concerns related to tire engineering could all affect the way your fleet automobiles drive and the success of your business.
If you are having trouble with your tires and want to find out more about irregular wear and tear on them, or you are interested in learning more about preventative maintenance for your fleet, contact Cornerstone Mobile Service today!