In preparation for a change in season and warmer temperatures, BKT Tires is ready to offer drivers some tips to start spring without any tyre problems.
BKT Tires Urge Customers Not to Neglect Tyres During the Winter Period
BKT Tires is on a mission to ensure drivers start spring without rusted machinery and flat tyres. With proper maintenance and care, drivers can benefit from sustainable savings and longer-lasting tyres while having better safety on and off the road.
One of the recommendations is to increase tyre pressure when agricultural machinery isn’t in operation. This helps drivers and fleets avoid flat spotting, when the tyre becomes flat through lack of use, which causes a bounce when restarting. This, BKT Tires notes is particularly important for combine harvesters, as they work on a seasonal basis. Once the vehicle is stationary over an extended period, it’s good practice to lift the machinery off the ground to suspend the tyres, which avoids putting any unnecessary loading weights on the tyres.
Another suggestion is to over-inflate the tyres, which minimises the possibility of flat spotting.
At the start of the season, another good idea is for farmers and fleets to set the correct pressure by checking the values indicated for the tyres. As the outside temperature affects the tyre, this is a good practice to regularly undertake to ensure a longer tyre life span and minimise vehicle downtime.
Rotation for Tyre Axles a Great Way to Check Tyre Pressure
For trailers and tankers, it is important to perform the rotation of the tyres on the axles. As tyres mounted on the central axle are generally the ones most affected by wear and tear, it’s an inspired idea for farmers and fleets to measure tread depths, any wear and tear and perform optimal times for the tyres to be rotated and crossed.
BKT Tires has also advised te market on how to ensure smooth and easy operations applyng a variety of maintenance activities. One idea is to check the condition of the soil and check that the soil matches the intended application for the tyre. Daily checks for tyre pressure is another way to check the general health of the tyre, including using a calibrated pressure gauge or a tyre pressure management system to have continuous control.
Before starting any work, check for debris trapped in the tread as cleaning the tyre is a crucial tip for maintenance, especially if the tyre has a closed design. Tyres with debris can suffer from what's referred to as 'drilling phenomena' in the compound which leads to potential lacerations or punctures later down the line
As well as checking for cuts, cracks or bulges, a way of monitoring and tracking the tyre’s performance can be through the hours of engine operation, tracking the cost of each mile, or the general tons of material handled. Each method is a way of underpinning tyre performance and any changes that may occur, which could be down to some form of damage to the tyre.
These tips could help save fleets on both time and costs while preempting problems in the future. As BKT Tires conclude on their guidelines for tyre maintenance, farmers and fleets “should never abandon their tyres” no matter the season.