TMC releases radial tire analysis guide

June 1, 2005

The latest revised edition of the Radial Tire Conditions Analysis Guide, A Comprehensive Review Of Tread Wear And Tire Conditions has been published by the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations.

A fully illustrated, color handbook, it is designed to be a reference source and training aid. It contains photographs and detailed descriptions and explanations of common radial tire failures and their causes. The guide also offers advice on how to correct these problems and what can be done with the damaged tires.

"The guide should be a must-have for every trucking fleet serious about proper tire selection, care and maintenance," said Harvey Brodsky, managing director of the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB). "There is a wealth of information, including procedures for better tire inspections and a very helpful glossary of terms."

The handbook is composed of three sections:

* Tire (Original Tread and Retread) Casing Conditions -- deals with conditions found in tubeless radial tire casings and in original tires; covers bead, sidewall and crown areas and the tire interior. Casing conditions that may be exhibited by retreaded tires are also examined.

* Improper/Failed Repairs -- addresses casing conditions found in the tread area of retreaded and repaired tires.

* Radial Tire Wear Conditions and Causes -- discusses radial tire wear conditions and causes on steer axle, drive axle and trailer axle tires.

For information on how to order the guide, phone the TMC’s customer service department at (800)ATA-LINE or visit Web site