When you own a vehicle, any one for that matter, there’s always a lingering thought…hope the maintenance costs are low! Well we can’t vouch for everything, but there’s one thing that’s surely in your hands – extending the tire life of your tractor.
As you already know, the average life of the tires depends upon the amount of care that you take of them. Here’s a compilation of the top 10 tips for you to add some precious years to your tractor tires:
- Tire Pressure is key: Adjusting tire pressure continually can be a bother, but in the long run you will realise that it was worth the effort. Unlike passenger vehicle tires, agriculture tires need to be inflated and deflated according to the activity. When the tractor is in the field, it is generally advised to deflate the tires to the lowest recommended PSI for maximum traction and less compaction. On the other hand, when you are driving uphill on a slope, it’s better to inflate to the upper end of PSI recommendations. Agri tires are not designed to withstand driving over the road pressure, so as a general rule maximize air pressure.
- Don’t over inflate: Extra pressure in tires does not mean extra load bearing capacity. In fact they won’t be able to absorb road shocks, which are then transmitted to the Chassis.
- Check for under inflation: The valve caps should be screwed tightly to prevent slow leakage.
- Check for internal air bleeding: Never check the pressure immediately after a long If air is bleeding from a hot tire, it will increase the temperature further. The best way is to allow the tire to cool down and then check the pressure levels.
- Straighten out: Always have the alignment checked for all four wheels after any serious pothole bump, and also when installing new tires. Improper alignment can shorten tire life.
- The height should be properly matched: The height of all the tires should be the same for the longevity of tire life. Running of the vehicle dominantly on one side is a major contributor to this. The difference in heights also causes one tire to carry most part of the load thus automatically reducing tire life.
- Check Mechanical Faults: As the Steering System is responsible for moving operations, any defect in it accelerates wear and tear of tire.
- Storage is key: If your vehicle is not going to be used for a long time, then remove the tires and store them in a dark place, away from water and dust. Also reduce the air pressure in them. Store the tires standing upright on the tread. Do not lay them down flat
- Rotate your tires regularly: The wear and tear is often not the same on all the tires. Hence it’s recommended that the position of the tires be changed at regular intervals for some homogeneity.
- Check your driving habits: Confine your racing prowess to passenger cars. In case of tractors, do not start the vehicle with an immediate speed. Avoid harsh application of brakes. Also if you can make as wide and easy of a turn as possible, it will definitely prolong the life of your tires.
ATG Tires has a wide range of tractor tires for your agricultural operations. You are welcome to browse through our catalogue to check your requirements. We can also have our tire expert connect with you over a call or personally to help you make the right choice.