If retreaded tires are such a bad idea, why do North American retreaders sell more than 15 million of the things every year? More to the point, if they are so unreliable and failure-prone, why do fleets keep buying them?
Solving tire inflation problems would save the trucking industry millions. Underinflated tires are the single biggest reason for on-road breakdowns. Underinflation causes rapid degradation in tire life expectancy, and it can create a very dangerous sidewall failure called a zipper rupture. And underinflation makes no distinction between virgin tires and retreads. Under-inflated tires are time bombs. Period.
By: Jim Park | Heavy Duty Trucking