August 6, 2018 << Back to Blog

Ready reckoner on when to replace your forklift tires

06 Aug

August 6, 2018

Unlike passenger vehicles, checking tire condition is in your to-do list constantly, there is a tendency to overlook Forklift tires sometimes until it’s too late to do anything about it. Replacing forklift tires at the right time reduces downtime of the machine and plays a big part in its smooth operation.

Also remember that as forklifts do not have a suspension system, the entire weight rests on the tires. An average forklift carries more than 4500 kgs on its tire strength, one can only imagine how dangerous it would be drive around with unstable tires –both for the driver and others nearby.

Here are a few tips on how to recognise those warning signs that your forklift tires give you to replace them quickly…

Cushion Tires

  • Check the wear lines of the tires. If you see the top of the tires close to the wear line, it’s time to replace them.
  • Sometimes litter debris can cause pieces of rubber to fall off the tire. When you see huge chunks of missing rubber on your tire, it’s time for replacement.
  • Tires should be round not bald. Sometimes, some part of the tire may look balder than the rest. That again means replacement time.
  • Needless to mention, tearing of the tires due to shrapnel and other objects also means you need to replace the tires.

Pneumatic Tires

  • If the tyre is under inflated or over inflated, the stability of the forklift could be compromised. It accelerates wear and tear of the machine, especially since it’s working outdoors. Less tire traction can also affect the stopping power of the forklift.
  • Inspect for cuts and balding. Cuts can cause sudden air loss and lead to improper balance of the heavy machine. Large bald spots on the tire also lead to similar problems.
  • While checking for wear signs, keep the simple 2 inch rule in mind. Usually the original size is mentioned on the side of the tire and if the current height of the tire is more than two inches lower than the original height then it’s time to replace the tire.

Things to bear in mind:

  • Selecting the right tire is critical for optimum performance of your forklift. It’s not just about the correct tire size but a lot of other factors, so always consult with an expert before you make a decision.
  • Check the speed controls of your forklift. Even if it’s designed to go fast,  it’s prudent to  lower the forklift speed as it helps delay premature tire failure.
  • It’s seen that over lubricating causes grease and oil to overflow which is not good for rubber tires. So keep that in check.
  • Regularly assess the adjustment of the brakes, as they are a major cause of heat build-up in the tire.
  • Follow instructions in the operations manual, carry out regular inspections and be on the ball when it comes to regular maintenance.


ATG Tires has a wide range of tires for your forklift 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.