The last thing you want to happen is a tire blowout, especially on one of the front tires. It could easily cause you to lose control of your truck, especially a semi-hauling trailer. Delaying buying new diesel truck tires significantly increases the risk of blowouts and accidents. If you watch your tires carefully, you can tell when you need new tires and have them replaced – in most cases, before you experience a blowout.
RDI Power can check your diesel truck tires and replace them when necessary. Contact us at (352) 433-3800 for an appointment, or have the tow truck tow you into the shop if you have a blowout. We are conveniently located at 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville FL 34601.
Types of Diesel Tires
Tire manufacturers make several types of tires for diesel vehicles, including passenger and touring tires, which are commonly found on passenger vehicles such as BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz. Some diesel pickup trucks may also use touring truck tires.
As with touring tires, performance tires are usually for passenger vehicles. They usually have a higher speed rating to handle the extra power in vehicles such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi.
Light trucks, crossovers, and SUVs often have a higher payload capacity, which means that they need tires to handle the extra weight, whether it’s on a trailer or in the truck. If you don’t have a good set of tires, you lose the benefit of having a diesel. Tires for these vehicles come with various types of tread, including highway tires, off-road tires, winter tires, mud and snow tires, all-season tires, and all-terrain tires.
8 Signs You Need New Diesel Truck Tires
If you pay attention to your truck’s tires, you can often prevent being stranded because of a tire. Granted, you can’t predict hitting a nail and getting a flat, but you can prevent blowouts because of worn tires, issues with the alignment, suspension and steering, and dry rot.
1. Mileage on Diesel Truck Tires
One of the factors you can use to determine when you need new tires is to know the mileage on the tires. Tires are rated for a certain number of miles. Once you reach that mileage, the tire is no longer warranted and may fail at any time.
2. Wear Bars on Diesel Truck Tires
Most diesel truck tires have wear bars. These bars of rubber are between the treads. Once the height of the tread is the same as the wear bars, the tired tread is getting dangerously low, and it’s time to replace the truck tires.
3. Uneven Wear
If you have uneven wear on the tires, you could have one of two types of problems. The first is when the tire wears only in the middle or evenly on both sides of the tread. These are air pressure issues. If the air pressure is too high, the tires will wear right down the middle of the tread. If they are wearing evenly on both outside edges of the tread, the tire pressure is too low.
If the tire wear is on one or the other side of the tread or looks “scalloped,” you have an alignment problem. The wheels may be out of alignment and need a small adjustment, or you may have a problem with the suspension.
4. Bald Tires
If your truck has bald tires, you shouldn’t be driving it at all. When you have bald tires, the risk of blowouts is significantly higher. Additionally, you won’t be able to stop in a safe distance. Finally, your truck will hydroplane much easier. All of these cause a significant increase in the risk of an accident. You should replace your tires immediately if they are bald.
5. Your Truck Shakes
Your truck may shake at low speeds or around 55 to 70 mph. If it shakes at low speeds – usually 5 to 10 mph – you may have a separated tire. If it shakes only when you are doing a certain speed, usually around 55 mph, your tires may need balancing.
6. Damaged Sidewalls
The elements, time, and hitting curbs can damage sidewalls. If you see cracks or chunks of rubber missing from the sidewalls, you should replace your diesel truck tires immediately.
7. Tires Always Going Flat
If the tires regularly deflate, you may need new tires. Dry rot, a bad valve stem, or a nail in the tire could cause the tires to go flat every few days.
8. Dry Rot (Cracks)
Over time, the rubber will start dry rotting, especially if you constantly park in the sun. Dry rot shows up as little cracks all over the tire. If you notice dry rot on your tires, replace them immediately to avoid a blowout.
Contact RDI Power
When you need to replace your diesel truck tires, contact RDI Power for an appointment by calling (352) 433-3800. We are conveniently located at 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, FL. 34601.