How to properly maintain rubber tires

7/15/2015 8:45:16 AM by

Rubber tires are widely used on farm tractors and some construction machinery, which has resulted in saving a lot of time and operating costs since people used to equip steel tires. There are a few fundamentals of tire care that should be carefully followed in order to get the maximum return on investment in the machinery.

First, it is important to maintain proper tire air pressure for the specific job at the time. Check the manual for a guide on what that machine's specific needs are and check air pressure regularly. For tractors, it is best to partially under-inflate the tires, but if your machine is road-bound, the rims could be bruised, the sidewalls can snag and can experience carcass failure.

Over-inflation is bad for both types of equipment because it increases tread wear and therefore weakens the carcass and quickens weather checking. Air pressure gauges and tire pumps are a must for maintaining proper inflation specific to each machine. Adequate inflation levels are especially important when fluid weight is used because the air space is significantly reduced and operators should use a special air-water gauge to test tires carrying fluid weight.

You should always focus on protecting tires from oil, acids and grease because they are detrimental to the material. If the tires ever become spattered with such substances, wipe them off with a gas-dampened rag. Remember to do this outside to reduce fire hazards.

Regularly inspect tires for carcass tears and repair them immediately if any are found. No cut is too small to warrant attention because further damage will always occur. Use tractor wheel weights according to manufacturer instructions in order to secure optimum traction and minimal slipping.

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Healthy tires, longer machine life.