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What makes a good Tire, wheel & rim Serviceperson?
What makes a good Tire, wheel and rim serviceperson?
ARE MY TRUCK AND TRAILER ALUMINUM WHEELS CSA APPROVED?
WASH BEHIND YOUR EARS
TRICKING A TORQUE WRENCH

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What makes a good Tire, wheel & rim Serviceperson?

What makes a good Tire, wheel and rim serviceperson?
 
A lot of things have changed in the 40+ years I have been working with tires, wheels and vehicles.
One of the things that has not changed is people and attitude.  There are some people that “know it all”. I will call them “know it all’s.” They have learned some things and as far as they are concerned, they have nothing more to learn.
Then there are some people who want to question everything. They ask questions about everything they encounter.

What makes a good Tire, wheel and rim serviceperson?

A lot of things have changed in the 40+ years I have been working with tires, wheels and vehicles.
        One of the things that has not changed is people and attitude.  There are some people that “know it all”. I will call them “know it all’s.” They have learned some things and as far as they are concerned, they have nothing more to learn.
         Then there are some people who want to question everything. They ask questions about everything they encounter.

ARE MY TRUCK AND TRAILER ALUMINUM WHEELS CSA APPROVED?

THE QUESTION WAS ASKED -
Are my truck and trailer Aluminum wheels CSA approved?

CSAInternational (Canadian Standards Association), a member of theCSAGroup, is a provider of product testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products. They do not test or approve wheels or tires for highway vehicles.
Wheels and tires are covered under the jurisdiction of Department of Transportation (DOT). All wheels that are imported into Canada have this validation.

WASH BEHIND YOUR EARS

Joint settling
Joint settling
Debris trapped between wheels or behind the brake drum will cause wheels to come loose

Wash behind your ears

When your mother used to tell you to wash your hands, brush your teeth and be sure to wash behind your ears, she was trying to instill good habits pf cleanliness. After all, good habits are what make things easier and more reliable.

The same holds true for installing wheels on highway trucks and trailers. When you get into the habit of cleaning the mating surfaces, it’s no longer hard work or an arduous task, it’s habit.

TRICKING A TORQUE WRENCH

"TRICKING A TORQUE WRENCH" 
When it comes to applying the proper force to installing wheels on highway trucks and trailers, the torque wrench has become a valuable tool. When I started working in the tire industry, the method of installing wheels was to tighten them with a 1" impact until they would not turn any more. That made them tight.
What we didn't know was that to get proper tightness, the bolt needs to stretch slightly but be able to relax when the pressure is removed.

TIRE MYTHS AND FICTION

WHAT DO ZIPPERS HAVE TO DO WITH TIRES?

What does a zipper have to do with tires?
Zippers have become a very dependable wardrobe accessory. They come in a lot of lengths and styles. Zippers form a tight closure on jackets, pants, shoes and many other clothing accessories. When zippers are closed, they form a good seal against the cold, wind, snow and rain. When opened, they allow things to come apart.
There is another kind of zipper that is related to truck tires. A truck tire zipper can be dangerous and when this type of zipper opens under the wrong conditions it can be fatal.
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