More Than Just Worn Out Tires?
It Might Be More Than Just Worn Out Semi Truck Tires...
Vehicles, and even more so specialized work vehicles, have a lot of complicated moving parts – there are plenty of circuits, hoses, valves, pipes, hydraulic lines, and belts that can wear out over time. But there’s one part that consistently gets overlooked when it comes time to maintain your truck – a part that might get the most wear and tear of all. We’re talking, of course, about your tires.
Tires are incredibly tough, and they have to be. They put up with the punishing cold air and blistering heat from the asphalt, and they experience friction along the rough road surface literally every time your truck is used. And despite all this, they can last a very long time…but it also means that if something is wrong with your tires, it’s going to affect the rest of your unit’s performance.
If your first stop is to a tire shop, rather than a dedicated mechanic, you’ll likely find that you need new tires – because their job is to sell you tires! They’ll point out that your tires are worn, but they won’t tell you why it’s happening. And at many hundreds of dollars per tire, that decision to only put a “band-aid” on the issue can cost you big, down the line. It’s better to identify the underlying issue in your vehicle that’s causing unnecessary stress and wear on your tires, and repair that as well. And that’s where West Tech Mobile comes in!
Our mechanics don’t just replace your tires – they show you how to prevent your new set from wearing down in the same way. Whether it’s from an alignment issue, over- or under-inflation, component wear, tough driving conditions, or just bad driving (from your coworker, of course), we can pinpoint the cause and guide you on future prevention.
For example, if your steering tires are worn, your rear axle could be out of alignment. If there’s diagonal cupping, your steering components could be wearing through. If you see a feather pattern going across the tread, your rear suspension is likely pushing the loads you’re hauling, and your steering tires are compensating. Flat spots from improper brakes, loose wheel nut torque, powertrain wear…there are so many combinations and factors – it’s definitely worth it to get a professional mechanic to look at the whole picture!
We won’t just compare your tires to a wear chart and convince you to get a new set on the spot – we’re all about education. From the correct procedure after having your wheels reinstalled (be sure to retorque the wheel nuts within 100 km) to the importance of having the same size and tread depth, we’re happy to show you how to get the most out of your tire investment.
At West Tech Mobile, we listen to what our customers’ tires are telling us, and that lets us limit your later expenses on suspension, springs, steering components, and more. And of course, it might save you more than money – identifying problem areas with your steering, brakes, or suspension could even save your life on the highway one day.
We can’t stress enough the importance of having good tires on your rig. Visit West Tech Mobile before your next tire swap for a wear analysis on your components, and for an in-depth summary of how to get the most out of your next tire purchase. Give us a call at 403-265-5699 today!
9/13/2017 05:54:08 am
Off road tires are designed for terrain that is more difficult to manage. As a result of this the patterns that are on the treading, are more like individual projections. Something like studs. These patterns help the vehicle to remain manageable in terrain that is muddy or rocky, conditions that are not regular road conditions.These individual notches allow the tire to grip into the terrain, whether it is mud, or otherwise and this helps the driver to maintain control of the vehicle and it prevents the vehicle from getting stuck, especially when it comes to the muddier terrains. When used on asphalt, off road tires will wear down very quickly. This is due to the fact that they have much less contact area to the surface,
10/8/2017 12:19:15 am
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11/29/2017 12:59:13 am
Thank you for sharing such a useful and informative article with us. Tires should be checked at a regular interval in order to prevent being worn out. Tire pressure fluctuates according to the surrounding temperature and should be checked at a regular interval and should be properly inflated according to the manufacturer's recommendation. There are several reasons of premature worn out of the tires like, if the tires are not properly aligned and if the tires rotation is not done at a regular time interval. Faulty components used in the breaking system, steering system or suspension could also damage the tires. And tire replacement should be done near a trusted and certified repairing center.
4/16/2018 06:33:48 am
Tires are generally tough & they have to be. Even if they experience unbearable cold, scorching heat, friction along the rough road surface, still they last for long. But if there occurs any problem in the tires, it affects the performance of rest of the units. Tire pressure fluctuates with the change in surrounding temperature. So it should be checked at regular intervals with a tire pressure gauge. Tires must be properly inflated as over or under inflation cause the tires to worn out. Tires also worn out when they are not rightly aligned or tire rotation is not done regularly. Tire replacement must be done at a certified & trusted repair center & to look for this you may refer to:
5/31/2018 10:40:33 am
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6/10/2021 11:11:24 am
Thanks for the tip to take your tires to a mechanic to see what the problem is. I'll probably go buy them from a tire shop though. That way I can save money but only if I need to get new tires.
I totally agree when you said that the tires have to be durable because they would be in contact with heat, and cold, and will be under constant pressure and friction. With that in mind, truck tyres would probably have to be thicker and more durable to be able to carry the heavy vehicle as well as their loads. I wonder how many options are out there, because I heard that my brother actually need to get new wheels for the secondhand vehicle he was able to get this month.
3/1/2023 12:18:53 pm
I love how you point out that if anything is wrong with your car's tires then everything that relies on them is also going to start having problems. My parents have a big truck they often use when they are working on big projects. One of the tires has been giving an air pressure warning even though the pressure is fine and they aren't sure what the problem is. we'll have to look into taking the truck to a mechanic to see if there's any issue with the tires of if it's a system problem.
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