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Truck Tire Maintenance & Conditions

Truck Tire Maintenance


  • Fuel is the third largest and fastest growing variable operating fleet costs.
  • Particularly significant to bottom line of trucking fleets with rising fuel prices.
  • Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) offers tips/suggestions to help truckers cut fuel costs.
  • Proper tire maintenance requires that tires in dual wheel assemblies be accurately matched.
  • Vehicle alignment and driver habits impact fuel economy.

Tire Conditions,

To protect your investment in tires, it is necessary to know what caused each tire’s demise. Your Tiremaster sales representative can assist you in the following.

  • Eliminating causes of failures if possible.
  • Retreading and repairing tires and placing them back into service.
  • Presenting tires for warranty credit when applicable.
  • Improving tire maintenance and tire selection if necessary.
  • Helping to select the correct tire for your application.

An example can be seen below:


Diagonal Wear


Localized flat spots worn diagonally accross the tread at approximately 25°-35° angles often repeating around tread circumference.

Probable Cause(s):

Bad wheel bearings,toe out, mismounting of tire and wheel assembly to trailer, mismatched duals for size and/or inflation pressures; may start as brake skid. Aggravated by high speed empty or light load hauls.


  • Reverse direction of rotation of tire.
  • If wear is excessive, replace or retread.
  • If cause is vehicle (i.e. aligment), correct.

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