The first question should be: Is it worth it? In fact, yes it is. Knowing that a tire such as a 20.5R25, nothing “big” for civil engineering, is worth around 3800$, yes, it is absolutely worth it.
Under what circumstances:
- Once the internal structure has exposed steel or nylon, most commonly called a “spot”, it is appropriate to repair the rubber at the surface. This will stop the damage from further endangering the tire. Just like a windshield, a crack just keeps growing.
- A bulge, or “bump” inside a tire is a sign that the structure is damaged. There is a danger of destroying the tire, as well as endangering anyone who is in close proximity. A factory “section repair”, following precise criteria and vulcanized during an 8 hour period, restores tire sturdiness.
Recently, a client mentioned recently that it wasn’t worth doing follow ups on his tires because they always ended up by wrecking them: our process is too strict…
- My response: Absolutely, in fact we need to find the best tire for the specific application and although it is possible no matter the model or make of tire, certain applications are simply too difficult. The only way to find the cheapest solution is to make comparisons after analysis and guess what… we need to evaluate to validate and answer the following questions:
- Has the rubber compound prolonged the life of the tires?
- What was the hourly usage cost of a make and model of a tire compared to others?
- From one make to another, are the tires easier to repair and thus prolonging their life at a lower cost?
Without measures, there’s only one way… The lowest purchase price. And you know what, generally, it has nothing to do with the real cost.
The LanOtr Team.