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Listen to your tire

What should I pay attention to, when checking the tires?

In order to keep your tires safe and durable, regularly check the following:

  • Tread: are there cuts or other signs of abnormal wear, foreign substances or deformities?
  • Sidewalls: are there cuts, cracks, other damage or deformities?
  • Bread/Rim flange: are there signs of mis- fitment of chafing?
  • Valve cap: is it on and intact? Albeit mundane, the valve cap with its rubber seal plays an important role in preventing air loss.

 

What should I do if a tire is damaged?

The first thing is to prevent the damage from spreading when possible. At simplest, this can be done by lightening the load. Try to find out the cause of the damage. For example, a puncture does not always leave a clear mark on the tread but the tube can be damaged. Therefore, a tire with a puncture must always be removed from the wheel for careful checking.

If the damage can be fixed, let it repaired as soon as possible in order to achieve the tire's planned service life. Acting quickly can save a lot of money and time, as most damages can be repaired if caught early but will blow your budgetif left unnoticed.Always avoid driving on flat tires. After repair, check that there are no uneven spots inside the tire or on the rim, because such spots make the tube vulnerable for new damage.
 

What should I do if the tire pressure suddenly drops?

Try to find out the cause of the pressure drop. If the tube is leaking slowly, have the tire immediately fixed in order to avoid more damage.

 

How can I make sure that the tire achieves its planned service time?

Cuts, cracks, punctures or other damages certainly have their effects on the tire's service time, but the most common causes for premature tire wear are more mundane - and avoidable. These are: running them at the wrong pressures, operating in poor conditions, and having incorrect wheel alignment.

What if the vehicle is seldom used?

IIf the vehicle is not used for a long time, the rubber of its tires may crack more quickly than if they were frequently run. Make sure that there is no extra load on the tires and keep them away from direct sunlight. Cracking of the sidewall rubber indicates aging and must be checked by tire professionals.

 

My tractor is pulling to one side of the road. I checked the inflation pressure, and it was correct, but I noticed irregular tire wear. What could be the problem?

It is possible that your wheel alignment is out. This can start gradually from everyday use, but also originate from incidents, such as after hitting an obstacle. In addition to making steering worse and vibrating, incorrect wheel alignment also remarkably increases tire wear and fuel consumption.

Wheel alignment is fairly simple to carry out, and the procedure introduced below applies to the majority of modern tractors. However, it is useful to check your owner's manual first.

In principle, the wheels should be parallel, but a slight toe-out is preferable to a slight toe-in because of the toe-in pressure under load, such as in braking.
 

  1. Measure the distance between the wheel rims at hub height at the front and rear of the wheels. If the distance is greater at the front, you have toe-out; if at the rear, toe-in.
  2. If adjustment is needed, loosen the locking nut on the track control rod.
  3. Remove and discard the self-locking nut, usually located on the end of the track control rod. 
  4. Extract the track rod end.
  5. Screw the track rod end into or out of the track rod to shorten or lengthen the assembly as necessary.
  6. Reposition the wheel as appropriate and reinsert the track rod end; when the wheels are parallel secure with a new self-locking nut. Do not try to re-use the old one!
  7. Retighten the lock nut on the track control rod. 

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