Treading into the world of heavy-duty truck tire retreads

Treading into the world of heavy-duty truck tire retreads

Everything is meticulously checked to ensure that a tire not suitable for retreading doesn’t slip through the cracks.

To see the benefits of retreading, multiple factors need to be taken into consideration to allow you to make the best decision for your fleet. There are a lot of tread patterns, applications, and environments that play a major role in performance outcome so let’s go over what you need to know before you tread into the world of retreading.

The first and most important thing to remember is that casing integrity is a crucial element to be considered. The tread pattern can be new, but if the sidewall and steel belts are not structurally sound, retreading is no longer an option. Rigorous testing procedures are in place at any respected retread facility to make sure that the tires are a viable fit for the tire in question. The casing is inspected both by humans and computers. From the sidewall to the rubber to the beads, everything is meticulously checked to ensure that a tire not suitable for retreading doesn’t slip through the cracks. 

While there are some tires that simply aren’t safe or viable options due to excessive wear and tear, in some cases, if a casing has been taken care of through preventative maintenance and accurately maintained  pressure, it can be retreaded numerous times. When it comes to casing options for retread, just like original tire selection, there are a lot of different options available to your fleet. Consider your application and routes to help you decide which would be most suitable for your trucks. 

For example, vocational trucks will probably benefit the most from tougher casings designed to withstand abrasive conditions. The application-specific compounding  will help these tires avoid punctures and cuts that may occur while operating in a worksite. 

Fleet managers overseeing trucks in the long-haul space, however, are probably looking to spec tires that will improve fuel efficiency. There are options for everything : Rib-type, lug-type, drive axle position, harsh environments, mild environments, long-haul, you name it – there are treads to suit it. You have lots of choices so choose wisely. 

After your tires have been retreaded and remounted, implement tire pressure maintenance intervals to ensure its health and to protect the tires casing integrity for yet another life. 

If you’re interested in learning more, consult your tire dealer of choice and be sure to fill them in with how and where your trucks are running.

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