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Heavy Truck Tire Upkeep: How To Spot (And Treat) 3 Types Of Tread Wear

Whether you’re looking for a new set of heavy truck tires, or you want help with upkeep, repair, or retreading, your local TIRECRAFT is here to help.

Read on to learn how to spot and treat 3 of the most common (and costly) types of heavy truck tire tread wear, or contact your local TIRECRAFT to start a free consultation straight away.

How To Spot 3 Common (And Costly) Types Of Heavy Truck Tire Tread Wear

  • Heavy truck tire “chunking.” Chunking refers to numerous small cuts that appear on the tread surface, sometimes with portions of the tread gouged away altogether. Heavy truck tire chunking is typically caused by frequent off-road driving or heavy use on unpaved or gravel roads. These rough surfaces wear down the tread blocks and cause “chunks” of the tread to be ripped, worn, or ground away.

    To prevent heavy truck tire chunking, you need to choose the right tire for the job, and stay on top of basic upkeep, like proper inflation—and your local TIRECRAFT can help you with both.

  • Heavy truck tire “spin damage.” Spin damage refers to cuts or lines that span the entire circumference or perimeter of the tire tread. These cuts or lines are usually caused by contact with vehicle components, such as mud flap brackets or bumpers, or by spinning the tires on ice or rough road surfaces.

    Here again, prevention is key, and your local TIRECRAFT can help you find the right tire size and type for the job, whether you need tough all-terrain treads or better traction on ice.

  • Heavy truck tire “brake skid damage.” This form of heavy truck tire damage appears as a localized spot of excessive wear, characterized by abrasion marks, which may or may not extend into the tire casing.

    Brake skid damage is often caused by unbalanced brakes or frozen brake lines, both of which our heavy truck technicians can help correct. If the casing is undamaged, your heavy truck tires may be repaired or retreaded; otherwise, they will need to be scrapped and replaced.

One-Stop Shop For Heavy Truck Tire Upkeep And Repair: Contact Your Local TIRECRAFT

No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, or what kind of wear you’re dealing with, your local TIRECRAFT is here to help. For the past 30+ years, we’ve been a leading provider of heavy truck tire upkeep and repair services, gathering all the best tools, training, and heavy truck tire types under one roof to save you money and get your truck back to work, fast.

We offer heavy truck tire repairs, rotations, wheel balancing, retreading, and replacement, plus full support with fleet inventory management and scrap tire pile analyses through the Tire Service Network.

To book a free consultation and get a free quote on your heavy truck tire upkeep or repair, use the Find a TIRECRAFT tool on our website.