Ten Tips for Tire Maintenance

Staff | September 28, 2010

Regularly checking earthmoving tires can eliminate preventable major repairs, says Steve White, segment manager for Michelin North America's Earthmover division. He lists 10 steps to successful tire maintenance:

  1. Conduct a visual inspection before operating the machine. Look for signs of irregular wear in the tread or shoulder, and examine the tire for bubbles or bumps.
  2. Don't operate the machine if tires have deep cracks, cuts or other major problems. Have a trained service person take care of the problem.
  3. Check for correct air pressure — daily if the machine is in constant use.
  4. Use the owner's manual to determine precise air pressure.
  5. Never operate a machine that has flat tires, damaged or distorted rims or wheels, missing bolts or cracked studs.
  6. Never weld or apply heat to parts of the wheel near the tire. Always remove tires before conducting these types of procedures.
  7. Store tires properly when not in use, preferably in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Protect from ozone exposure. Store standing upright on the tread and avoid stacking.
  8. Avoid lifting the tire through the center with a crane hook or other device. Use flat straps to lift the tire under the tread.
  9. Deflate the inner and outer tires of a twin fitment before removing any rim fixture from the hub.
  10. Avoid mixing tires on a machine. This could cause damage to internal components because the tires do not work together to provide the same traction and handling.