Steer tire question

Discussion in 'Peterbilt Forum' started by BillyBobFrank, Mar 14, 2023.

  1. BillyBobFrank

    BillyBobFrank Light Load Member

    Nov 7, 2022
    I wouldn't necessarily be worried if this was a trailer tire or a drive tire, but I was curious if there missing chunks of rubber reduce the durability of the tire.

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  3. xsetra

    xsetra Road Train Member

    Aug 21, 2011
    No. Unless chunks continue to get peeled off.
    Might affect the balance. Balance ring or beads would solve that issue.
  4. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca.
    One of my Bridgestone steers look like that one with the chunk missing. I do a lot of job sites, figured it happened at any of those places, been running like that about 1 1/2 years. No issues.
  5. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    Humboldt, Sk
    Sometimes stones jam in there for a few hundred miles.
    Also if a driver doing tight maneuvers cranks the steering wheel without moving the truck it’ll shred them pretty bad.
    Also just old age if they’ve survived a lot of miles.
  6. Richierich76

    Richierich76 Light Load Member

    Jul 19, 2019
    Looks like you got some dry rot starting
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  7. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    These OTR steers nowadays last a long time. 100k used to be considered good. Now mine usually fail from hazards like yours, or just flat out won’t balance, no matter what method is used. I wouldn’t worry about those chunks missing, as long as it’s not causing any vibrations. If it gets out of balance and starts hopping or shimmering, I’d replace them. Keep the air up, maybe 95-100lbs. cold. Not any more. That seems to keep mine from getting out of balance. Allows me to run them longer on the steer. Either way the treads still adequate, when the tires shot. Still fine for a trailer, or even a drive. That’s what I’ve often done. Your Truck may wear steer tires completely different than mine. Just something I’ve noticed over the last 20+ yrs. running the same brand steer tires on 2 different Freightliners.
  8. wore out

    wore out Numbered Classic

    Jun 5, 2013
    I stopped on an unfamiliar ramp just to look at my stock, had a little more lip than I liked getting my right side back up on the pavement. It looked real similar to that. Never had any problems. We’re always heavy and sorta behind
  9. san00

    san00 Light Load Member

    Jan 3, 2011
    I have the same issue on my steers. Seemed to just pop up the past few days after running out west on I-40. I have about 135K miles on them. Any thoughts?

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  10. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    South GA
    You need new tires.
    Was in a similar situation a few years back. Said to myself, "dude, you're going to be buying tires very soon. Now, the choice is yours, you can drive to the tire man and relax in his waiting room OR, you could buy them on the side of the road, (hopefully you didn't crash) for about $500 more than you would have at the shop. BUT, you're going to be buying new tires. WHERE you buy them is completely up to you."
    So, I went and bought new tires.
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