Tires & Brakes
Tires and brakes account for a significant number of our call outs because you simply can't take chances with these components from a safety point of view. Both are under extreme pressure just in normal use and anything that adds to that, such as mismatched tires or improperly maintain ned brakes will result in trouble very quickly. Selecting the right tire can also have a serious impact on your fuel efficiency and that means your overheads and profit.
Shoes, pads, hubs, calipers, chambers, and cam shafts – they all have to be in top condition and working perfectly or that hurtling eighteen wheeler just isn't going to stop like it should and we're sure we don't have to spell out what that might mean. We really know brake systems and when we come to repair brakes or replace components we check the whole system to ensure that one failing component hasn't led to overwork on others that might be a long way from the localized failure. That's as true for the trailer as the tractor. As a professional driver you don't need warning lights to tell you something is wrong with the brakes – pulling, vibrations, squeals, or grinding noises will all be a sure signal. Our mobile repair units carry all the necessary component spares to ensure that we will be able to fix those brakes on the spot and have you safely on your way.
Owing to their position on the steer axle these tires are the ones most likely to have to shrug off contact with curbs. For that reason, as well as their importance as the steering tires we recommend fitting a premium tire in this position. Line-haul takes a heavy toll on all tires but particularly these and they should be inspected regularly for signs of wear and tear.
The tires on the torque/drive axles are all about traction and while some owners choose to go for steer tires on all axles (hence their popular name as all-position tires) we also see owners choosing deep tread drive tires for the torque axles because of the traction and the deep tread meaning they have a lot to wear through before they need to be changed. Ask us about low rolling resistance and fuel saving sidewall compounds.
Tires on the free turning axles on trailers don't lay down power onto the highway but they do have to talk a lot of heat and friction from braking under load so while there is always the choice of radial or bias ply tires we tend to recommend radial as being typically cooler when running and braking which extends their life. While bias ply are typically lower cost, and that may fit the bill depending on the nature of the job, we think the longer life of radial ply offsets the initial outlay and makes for better value in the long term. Talk to us about bias vs radial for your rig.