Being one of the most commonly replaced parts in medium-duty box trucks, everyone seems to seek some advice about the proper care and replacement of their truck tires. There are some suggestions that may wreck good tires, while some suggestions may be dangerous and it can become hard for people to separate the facts from the fiction.
Here is some commercial used trucks for sale tire myths you should know:
Debunking the Myths
Myth 1: The valve caps are not important; the valve core helps to provide the seal
Truth: The truth is that the valve cores help to prevent the escape of air through the valve system, but these aren’t always tight or airtight. In addition, they are susceptible to ice blockage and dirt, which can keep the valve core well open. In addition, a metal valve, a tight cap with a gasket helps to provide a secure seal and it protects the valve core as well. It is recommendable that air flows through the caps since they make checks for pressure easier.
Myth 2: For poor balance, try golf balls
Truth: Most people believe that using materials for balance inside the tires can help to reduce the wheel and tire vibration, but what with using golf balls. The truth is that golf balls can compress this into a cube like a pattern, which damages the inner liner of the tire. The use of lead weights does not damage or even react with the inner side of the tire. You can save the old golf balls for use one a day off!
Myth 3: The alignment of the vehicle has minimal effect on the economy of the fuel
Truth: The fact remains that tires that are not true to the travel direction, literally drag sideways along the surface of the road, equivalent to a few feet just for every travel mile. This does not only increase the rolling resistance of the Moffett Truck tires, but it also wears down the quality of the tires faster.
Myth 4: Big companies only make good and durable tires
Truth: Keep in mind that based on the sales of tires, Bridges tone remains the leading brand of tire manufacture. However, this does not mean that they offer the only options in superior quality to other brands. The smaller brands also penetrate into the market, with the niche of the tires, designed for the economy of fuel, longer life, and traction.
Myth 5: High range and load tires are durable compared to lower range ones
Truth: Higher range of tires tends to hold more pressure inflation compared to lower range tires and they carry more load at higher pressure. However, they are not durable or less prone to punctures, road hazards, abrasions, cuts, or other tire risks.
Myth 6: Tires for all seasons offer more traction when on wet roads
Truth: Compared to the all-season tire, a summer tire tends to offer much more grip. Keep in mind that all season actually means that the tire treads will be dry, wet and easier to gain mobility in snow and when in below freezing temperatures. If you are the sort who lives in rarely snow or never snow areas, then you do not even need to invest in all-season tires.
Myth 7: Tires with lower pressure equal better grip
Truth: Although there was a time when reduced tire pressure used to be the perfect solution to provide better grip in older tires, today, it won’t. Low pressure in the box truck or flatbed truck tires will reduce the mileage and it has an impact on the handling. Most manufacturers also recommend that you consider increasing the pressure when you drive it in winter since the pressure tire will drop to about one pound every ten degrees in temperature. You should consider going up another five pounds per square inch.
Myth 8: It is okay to manage the drive with a flat tire
Truth: The fact remains that running on any flat tire, whether it has the weight of the board, is not a good idea. Under-inflated or soft tires tend to suffer from sidewall damages, or if the tire breaks away from the rim, this could damage the bead. In both cases, this will render an un-repairable and un-usable tire in a short time.
Myth 9: Over inflating of the tires allows heavier loads without actually reducing the speed
Truth: Tires come with unique designs, which enable them to run of specific inflation pressures. Over inflating the tires changes, the footprint of the tires, and this places more weight on the tire’s centerline. This will not just reduce the tread life of the tires, but it will compromise the stability, safety, and the traction.
Myth 10: Speed has no effect on the tires
Truth: Just as the speed increases, the capacity of a load of the tires will increase. The tires will not be able to carry the given load, even below about 65 mph, and it requires more pressure at higher speed or reduction in the load.
Whether you plan to invest in a used truck or a brand new one, make sure that you consult your dealers about the best options in the tires.
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