Trailer Tires and Wheels

Are your trailer tires and wheels safe and ready for highway use?

Although there is no law against selling aged tires in the United States, several tire manufacturers recommend removing tires from service 10 years from date of manufacture regardless of how they might appear upon visual inspection.

Dangers of Poor Trailer Tires

Rubber ages and dries out even when not used. Degrading rubber, from age alone can cause the tread to peel off, especially at high speeds on the highway or interstate.

We’ve all seen evidence of this strewn along the road, causing a hazard for others and possible severe loss of control for the driver. According to Wikipedia; "tires on seldom-used trailers are at the greatest risk of age-failure".

If your equipment is only used seasonally be sure to have it checked before use.

Trailer Tires and Wheels; A Description of Terms

If your tire is showing wear down the middle it could be from OVER INFLATION.

Always be sure to use a good tire pressure gauge when checking the inflation of your tires.

On the other side of the coin is UNDER INFLATION. This causes too much tread to be in contact with the road and the tire will wear quickly on the outer treads

Warn or even bent suspension parts is often the cause for CUPPING. This can be seen by the development of dips along the edge of the tire tread.

ONE SIDE WEAR is just that, your tire is wearing on one side more than the other. This condition is usually due to your wheel being out of alignment. When pulling a trailer, the load has a huge affect on your alignment, be sure your trailer is loaded properly balancing the weight on the axles.

FEATHERING can be detected by running your hand over the tread rib of the tire. Feathering will result in the rib being rounded on one side and sharp on the other.

The Rim and The Wheel

The rim and the wheel are most often made from a single piece of metal. The rim is the outer edge of the wheel that holds the tire in place. The rims of your wheel can get damaged in a variety of ways the vibration from a damaged rim can cause loss of tire pressure and a dangerous driving situation.

It’s impossible for us to explain all possible issues regarding your trailer tires and wheels and there causes. But, here at Werner Trucking in our semi-truck repair shops in St. Edward, NE and Columbus, NE we can professionally inspect your trailer tires and wheels to make sure your tires are in good condition.

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