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  1. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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  3. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    On steers?
     
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    I have a set of Firestone’s doing the exact same thing. The right one worse than the left. The right also had more run out than the left the day they were put on. Southern tire says nothing they can do.....I feel like it’s a balance out of round issue
     
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  5. TallJoe

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    I forgot to mention. I do use centrametrix rings on my steers two. They are limited by the diameter of the ring, though - in case the off balance is too big they may not be enough. Otherwise, I still like to believe that they are doing the job of balancing.

    You could try balancing beads too but after I bought two bags of them I decided to abort the idea because I became concerned that those little, almost microscopic beads might chew up the inside of the tire and the rim...I think that throwing a handful of golf balls might do the balancing job too. Was it not what the old timers used to do?
     
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    Dismount them and inspect on the inside. I bet that it is happening at the belt splice. If so you will see it on the liner from the inside it will run diagonally instead of radially across from side to side.

    The only other thing that causes this is impact damage. Some brand models cannot take impacts as good as others.
     
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    Forgot to mention use a bright light when inspecting to see the abnormalities.
     
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  8. xsetra

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    Usually I see that on my trailer tires.
    When I used to have strange wear on my steers, I would rotate sides. At the least, deflate, break bead, rotate and reinflate.

    If it reappears in another spot you have a mechanical problem. If not, just run the tire out.

    I also replaced all springs, bushings, shocks, bearings. Pretty much all suspension parts on truck than have a total alignment and replace shocks once a year.
    I rarely have any tire issues anymore on truck. Steers have balance rings.
     
  9. 86scotty

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    Thanks everyone, I've got a small update. I went on and bit the bullet today on a new set of steers, Michelin Energys, what I ran on the truck before. I also picked up new front and rear shocks. I did the rear shocks when I got home today. Too simple on a tractor.

    The rear shocks were probably the originals but they actually seemed fine when I compared them to the new ones (off the truck, plunging them on the ground and comparing compression and rebound). I know, that ain't a lab test for shocks. Anyway, new rear shocks on. I'll do the fronts tomorrow when I'm doing an oil change.

    I'm headed back out for a 6k mile trip Sunday and I just couldn't stand the thought of driving these steers the whole trip.

    Oh, when we pulled the tires off me and the tire guys noticed that the left side is starting to do the same as the right, and that points more to suspension trouble than tire failure IMO.

    I kept them to run on my trailer and I'll look at the inside of them closely @SmallPackage. That's a good idea.

    @xsetra, truck has new bearings, freshly checked king pins, and pretty new drives. After this trip I'm going to price new front leaf springs and have my driveline bearings/ujoints checked out and get a three axle alignment. I have not done that in a year or two.
     
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    For some reason Volvos don't like any other tires besides 16 ply Michelina.
     
  11. Dave_in_AZ

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    Yea after trying different brands Bridgestones seem to do the best on our Cascadias.

    I don't think one brand works for all applications.

    I won last month's steer tire give away too. But they give you Yoko's. That's what my first truck came with, and I only got about 100K out of them.

    3 axle alignment(s) seem to be essential. Only $225.
     
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