Steer tire temperature

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by Justatrucker01, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. Justatrucker01

    Justatrucker01 Bobtail Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    So I have done loves tirepasa twice, both where in CA and about 7 hours into my trip. My steer tires both times are reading temperature of 124 to 126 degrees Fahrenheit. Is that a normal temp? New to tirepass in the past I have always just done it myself.

    Thanx, Michael
  2. BoxCarKidd

    BoxCarKidd Road Train Member

    Aug 26, 2014
    Depends a lot on the temperature of the of the road. 126 is not a problem for the tire.
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  3. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Medium Load Member

    Dec 20, 2019
    Marion Texas
    If bearings and brakes are healthy and running like they should and are not generating extra heat a tire could generate its own heat to about 100 degrees above road surface temp for normal operation.
    Get a cheap infered temp gun from harbor freight and carry it next to your seat. Its a good habit to “shoot” all the moving/working parts now and then to make sure everything is happy.
    You’d be surprised how hot somethings get and how other things you wouldn't expect stay cold.
    Driveshafts and u-joint temps will surprise you. Nobody thinks about that. Lol
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  4. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Medium Load Member

    Dec 20, 2019
    Marion Texas
    Also aluminum wheels well run cooler than steel wheels because aluminum is a natural heat sink and helps pull the heat away and dissipate it. The steel wheels well hold heat for a long time even after a stop were the aluminum wheel will get cool to the touch must faster.
    That all effects tire temp also.
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  5. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    The only time I worry about hot feet under a semi is during Death Valley or similar summer time heat in the American Southwest. Sonora to be particular. I find myself taking her easy just to get through the day. Sometimes the tires will melt off some of the pavement and build a layer. You know they are pretty hot at that point.
  6. BryE

    BryE Light Load Member

    Feb 19, 2018
    Tires should be inflated when they are cold. If you set the pressure at the temp they are after running 7 hours they will be underinflated when they cool down.
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