New tire digest addresses the summer tire challenges

Pressure Systems International (PSI) has released its July 2018 Commercial Fleet Tire Digest on ‘Tire Challenges in the Summer.’

Regarding warm weather maintenance, PSI writes “heat is a tire’s worst enemy, so alligators on the road increase dramatically. Alligators are dangerous and a serious road hazard if a vehicle drives over or attempts a slalom maneuver to avoid them as they contain woven steal belts that are heavy and can be sharp.”

So what causes a tire to get so hot that it will fail and blow out? PSI lists a few key reasons

  • Running with little or no air for an extended period of time
  • High-vehicle speeds
  • Heavy and overloaded
  • Slow leaking punctures in the tread area
  • Leaking valves and valve cores
  • Underinflated based on the load

The company also writes tire temperatures can be compounded when mounting and running new tires in the summer months. That’s because a new, deep lug tread tire running on the drive position may have 30/32 in. of initial tread depth and the more rubber the hotter the tire temperatures. PSI states “this is the result of the working or flexing of the deeper treads, which creates heat.”

To read the entirety of this month’s report, please CLICK HERE.

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