Don’t Neglect Your Tires This Winter!
Those cold winter temps can be brutal when it comes to the condition of your agricultural tires, and so you should definitely add them to your “downtime to-do list” this winter. Here are some tips that I found on the subject:
- If the tires are on tractors and implements, do plenty of walk-arounds to check for cracking, chunking, or wear. Remove debris. If the tire’s center is worn smooth or if there’s chunking, it’s time to replace them. Winter is a great time to do this, as it keeps you prepared for a new season.
- If you’re not using tires, store them inside. Extended periods of exposure to sunlight, water, arid winter air, and freeze-thaw conditions can degrade the rubber compounds in your tires.
- If you can’t get unused tires inside, at least cover them up. Store them upright, slightly underinflated if they’re on rims, and keep them away from oil patches of oil or grease.
- Keep stored tires away from electric motors. The motor’s brushes create ozone which reacts to rubber compounds, and those ozone molecules will cause the tires to crack as they start snapping those long chains.
- Remove counterweights when not in use to prevent unnecessary stress on the tires.
- Checking air pressure is twice as important in the winter as it is in the summer because weather changes cause significant swings in pressure. A good rule of thumb is that your tire pressure will decrease by about three psi for every 10-degree drop in temperature. Always keep tires properly inflated.
- Remember to re-weigh your tires after adding a blade or bucket to make sure they will hold up all of the added weight that’s been put on your tractor’s front axle.
-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team