Checking Semi Truck Tires

Truck drivers really put tires through their paces between the high-mileage routes in , the heavy cargo loads in , and the tough road conditions in . So when it comes to semi truck tires, wear and tear is inevitable – and pros know that checking semi truck tires is essential for proper performance. Inspecting your semi truck tires is a necessary part of your routine to catch small problems before they become big headaches. Let’s go through the basics of checking semi truck tires:

Inspecting Semi Truck Tires for Wear and Tear

The three primary areas of concern for your semi truck tires are the tire rubber, the wheels, and the valves. These three components are vital to your safety and should be closely monitored on both new and used tires.

  • Check the rubber on each tire for embedded objects, cuts, abrasions, or exposed steel belting.
  • Inspect each wheel for damage and misalignments, and double-check that your lug nuts are in good shape.
  • Look for loose, damaged, or missing valve caps as well as valve stem damage.

Maintenance for Semi Truck Tires

If you notice any red flags with your tires, schedule your service promptly. But even when everything appears normal, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of regular maintenance. The three major components to watch are tire tread, air pressure, and alignment.

  • Check your tire tread with a depth gauge or a penny. Not only should you check the amount of tire tread remaining, but also the wear around the entire tire. Your tire should wear evenly and if it’s not, you may have a problem with alignment or something more serious.
  • Proper air pressure is vital, so we recommend a visual inspection before and after every trip. Keep in mind that seasonal temperature and road temperature can both cause fluctuations in your reading, so try to take air pressure when the tire is cold.
  • Tires on the rear drive tire axle can wear up to 40% faster than the front drive axle, so it’s important to rotate your tires to even out the semi truck tires wear and tear.

Get Quality Truck Service at Rechtien International Trucks

Whether you need a new set of tires or just a routine rotation, Rechtien International Trucks is here to help you with your semi truck tires. Feel free to contact service in with any questions.

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