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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 […]

By |May 27th, 2014|Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Save on Tires and Fuel with proper alignment – Tech Tip

New commercial truck tires from Bridgestone

Bridgestone launches all-position steer radial

Designed for severe service and on-highway applications, the R244 All-Position Steer Radial Tire from Bridgestone Commercial Solutions was developed to meet the demands of dump truck and concrete mixer applications with trucks that spend a higher percentage of time in on-highway use. The tire’s wide base ribbed steer pattern, the company noted, performs in both on- and off-highway operations without sacrificing the traction needed on rougher roads.

“Most dump and concrete trucks spend more time on interstate highways where irregular wear and ride are more important than off-highway construction sites,” says Bert Jones, manager, product marketing, TBR, retread and OTR, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions. “Many of our customers, especially in the southwest, expressed an interest in a tire that offered longer wear, a smoother on-highway ride and that performed well on sandy sites. The R244 was designed for them.”

Features of the Bridgestone R244, available now in a 425/65R22.5 size and later this year in 385/65R22.5 and 445/65R22.5 versions, include special tread compounds to provide resistance to irregular wear and sidewall protector ribs to protect the casing from curbing damage, cuts and abrasions.

By |January 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New commercial truck tires from Bridgestone