Is a Spare tire chained to catwalk legal?

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  1. RepoweredRookie

    RepoweredRookie Bobtail Member

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    OK so I check my tires and notice a nailhead stuck in the steer tire. I got to TA and they advise it can only be replaced and not patched. Get new cheap steer tire on, look at the old tire—it was never penetrated. The nailhead never popped through the inside.
    Now I got my still good old steer tire, how do I carry it? Chained to catwalk? Need ideas as I’m in TX but live in FL. Thanks.
     
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  3. Ridgeline

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    Secure it as best as you can, chain or straps (better). I’ve seen one duct taped to the catwalk before, the guy had to use a whole roll of tape.
     
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  4. Muddydog79

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    Next time if that happens, have them spray it with soapy water and get them to pull/dig the nail out. Then have them spray again after they pull the nail and look for bubbles. No bubbles, no problem, roll on.
     
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  5. RepoweredRookie

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    Appreciate the response Ridgeline. Yeah gonna put couple straps on it and mount it standing on end so it won’t break my electrical. Just wanted a 2nd opinion. Thank you.
     
  6. RepoweredRookie

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    Oh yeah, I should have Checked before I left but it was a big rush to get the next truck in the bay. Good idea to have them pull the object out and then soap it. TY for the tip Muddydog79.
     
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  7. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I would have pulled it out myself right before I went into the shop. If it is't leaking then your not out any money. If it is put the nailhead back in and get it taken care of.
    And I have yet to find anything in the regs that prohibit using a patched tire on the steers. I know tire shops, being afraid of liability if something happened to cause and accident due to a tire they repaired, will not do it. But if you were to patch it yourself and put it back on there, you would be ok legally.
    And yes, I know I will get a lot of static on this.
     
  8. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    No different than folks that say a recap on a steer axle is illegal.
     
  9. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    We'll patch front end tires on our off road trucks. Most of them never get over 30 mph anyway. We've also run recaps on the steer axle of the water trucks but if they get called for fire duty we switch back to regular tires.
    A lot of our haul roads are granite shot-rock and we'll usually destroy a side wall before we hurt the tread.
     
  10. Muddydog79

    Muddydog79 Heavy Load Member

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    Personally, i would never run a patched steer tire or a recapped steer at highway speeds, period. Do they actually make recapped steers lol? I mean i could see using a steer casing for a drive or trailer recap, but steer?
     
  11. RepoweredRookie

    RepoweredRookie Bobtail Member

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    I was considering just patching the tire myself and putting it back on the steer since it’s still fairly new. Guess I’m lucky it didn’t fully penetrate the inside of the tire, considering I’m still out $400 for a crappy steer, but will write it off as a $400 dollar lesson. Thanks again for all the replies guys.
     
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