How long are tires good?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Dino soar, Jun 26, 2018.

  1. Doing_flatbed_nc

    Doing_flatbed_nc Medium Load Member

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    The trailer I bought was used as storage for at least a year or two by a local hitachi plant.

    When I bought it, the tread on the tires was more than legal. But, there were signs of dry rot. I ran them with weight for the last six months with zero blow outs. But, four of the eight either developed flat spots or weird wear bumps so I replaced them.

    If the tread is legal, keep an eagle eye on the air pressure, run them and watch them every single day. Change the tires when the wear is uneven or the tread gets below dot standards.

    I'd rotate those steers to the drives and start fresh with new steers. No one wants to chance steers under weight.
     
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  2. Tug Toy

    Tug Toy Road Train Member

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    First thing I’d do is get the date code off of them. Next is are the drives new or caps? Are they name brand or overseas?

    Then look at them real close all the way around. Inch by inch.
     
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  3. 24valve puller

    24valve puller Medium Load Member

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    Run them. It takes some guys way more time than that to wear them out. As long as they aren't all dry rotted out you are fine
     
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  4. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    I took a closer look at them today and I don't see any dry rot on them anywhere.

    I'll look for the code next and I'll see if the rears are retreaded or not.
     
  5. Tug Toy

    Tug Toy Road Train Member

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    Once you get all the facts together, then it makes it easier to make a good informed logical decision.
     
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  6. RET423

    RET423 Medium Load Member

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    I would not run any tire that had been sitting for 5 years mounted outdoors except maybe on a local only trailer.

    Just my 2 cents, I never made any money trying to nurse miles out of questionable rubber.
     
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  7. Lyle H

    Lyle H Heavy Load Member

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    Code will be a 4 digit number that is all by itself.

    First two numbers are the week,
    last two are the year.
    For example a code of 2416 would be the 24th week of 2016.
     
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  8. Colt6920

    Colt6920 Light Load Member

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    I'd be more concerned about the rest of the #### on that tractor.
    5 years is a long time to sit, I would worry about corrosion and other things like belts and hoses dry rotting too.
     
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  9. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    I am putting in a brand new engine.

    All belts hoses everything will be brand new including all wheel and driveline seals.
     
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  10. tommymonza

    tommymonza Road Train Member

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    If a tire blows you will have twice as much into a road service to get a sub quality single replacement as what you could have bought 2 brand new steers,

    As far a Recaps


    I am tired of you guys crap Blowing apart on the Ohio turnpike soon as we Turn it up to 75.

    Should make you Recap buyers pay a fee for cleaning up the road and paying for the damage when that pile of 3rd world barely attached 20 pound Hunk goes flying a 100 feet in the air

    Quality new tires are the Cheapest insurance you can buy in this business.
     
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