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Save on Tires and Fuel with proper alignment – Tech Tip

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Tech Tip Tuesday article about Tire and Fuel Savings with improved alignment

We found this interesting article with some great info about tire savings

You’ve heard the expression, “It’s like herding cats”? It’s like that with tires when your alignment is out of whack. With all those wheels heading in different directions, it’s unlikely you’re getting the best fuel economy – or tire life.

The effects of misalignment are subtle, but the impact is rather startling. Bridgestone’s Guy Walenga tells when a wheel is misaligned it’s like dragging it sideways across the pavement.

“We have said in the past that if you have a 2-inch misalignment between steer and drive tires on tractor with a 181-inch wheelbase it would be like scrubbing the tires across the pavement for about 60 feet for every mile you drove,” he says. “Increasing the scale for dramatic effect, over a year, that would amount to dragging the tires sideways for about 1,100 miles. Not only is that going to produce tire wear, it saps fuel economy too. It takes a lot of energy to drag a tire sideways, and the energy comes right from your fuel tank.”

Alignment is a fuel savings opportunity many fleets overlook, but Bill Bliem, senior vice-president of Fleet Services at Vineland, N.J.-based NFI, takes full advantage of the savings it provides.

“When I joined the company, I did a lot of yard surveys with my maintenance directors and I noticed most of the drive tires had feather wear,” he says. “I discovered the company never did vehicle alignments except where there was an obvious need. Since we started doing regular alignments of the front axles as well as the drives and […]

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