Tyres & Wheels Fea­ture: Rub­ber hits the road

In­de­pen­dent tyre con­sult­ing ser­vice Tyr­ex­perts shares valu­able in­sights on how to make the most of your tyres

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Other than re­plac­ing them when they’re worn out, tyres can some­times be largely for­got­ten about in the day-to-day op­er­a­tions of a busy trans­port fleet. And that’s un­der­stand­able – but as many of you will know, it’s not un­til some­thing goes wrong that their im­por­tance comes to the fore.

Unique in the Aus­tralian trans­port in­dus­try, Ade­laide-based Tyr­ex­perts pro­vides a range of in­de­pen­dent tyre-re­lated con­sult­ing ser­vices to a di­verse client base in Aus­tralia and over­seas.

With most tyre sup­pli­ers ei­ther owned and op­er­ated by, or closely aligned with, a ma­jor tyre brand it can be dif­fi­cult to know that the tyre ad­vice you’re get­ting is the best ad­vice avail­able.

Tyr­ex­perts use its ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in tyre de­vel­op­ment, man­u­fac­tur­ing, qual­ity, op­er­a­tion, tech­ni­cal ser­vice, train­ing and fail­ure anal­y­sis to help op­er­a­tors get the best out of their tyres – and their tyre sup­ply and ser­vice ar­range­ments.

“The ser­vice we of­fer de­pends very much on the needs of the client,” says Tyr­ex­perts prin­ci­pal David South­well. “You may be hav­ing is­sues with a par­tic­u­lar brand or model of tyre, ir­reg­u­lar wear on cer­tain ve­hi­cles or routes, the guys in the work­shop might like to learn a bit more about tyres and their main­te­nance, or you may have a fail­ure is­sue that you’d like as­sessed in­de­pen­dently.”

Tyres can be a big chunk of ve­hi­cle costs; in most fleets it’s their third or fourth largest vari­able cost. A small in­vest­ment in in­de­pen­dent ad­vice can give op­er­a­tors peace of mind about their choice of tyre prod­uct, ser­vic­ing and main­te­nance ar­range­ments.

“Most tyre sup­pli­ers do a pretty rea­son­able job,” says South­well, a trade-qual­i­fied tech­ni­cian and ter­tiary qual­i­fied en­gi­neer with more than 30 years of in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence, “but bear in mind that there’s a very wide range of prod­ucts on the mar­ket – so if you deal mainly with one, brand-aligned sup­plier, how can you be sure you’re get­ting the best prod­uct for your ap­pli­ca­tion? When was the last time your tyre sup­plier told you that a prod­uct other than the brand they sell would be best for your fleet? It doesn’t hap­pen.”

Trans­port in­dus­try ser­vice tech­ni­cians are clever peo­ple – with enough ex­pe­ri­ence they can tell when a tur­bocharger failed from oil star­va­tion, work out that an in­jec­tor pump has had a dose of dirty fuel, and trou­bleshoot com­plex elec­tri­cal cir­cuitry. But tyres can be some­thing of a black art – and un­less you know how some­thing’s made and what holds it to­gether, it can be tricky to un­der­stand why it fell apart.

Tyre fail­ures are rare, but they do hap­pen.

And some­times the con­se­quences can be ugly. Tyr­ex­perts use spe­cialised in­spec­tion and anal­y­sis tech­niques, com­bined with an un­der­stand­ing of truck tyre de­sign and dura­bil­ity is­sues glob­ally, and the very lat­est in rel­e­vant in­dus­try re­search, to en­sure the root cause of tyre fail­ures is iden­ti­fied – whether it’s re­lated to the tyre’s op­er­a­tion, main­te­nance, de­sign or man­u­fac­ture. Ob­jec­tiv­ity re­quires true in­de­pen­dence.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit www.tyr­ex­perts.com. au, or email tyr­ex­perts.au@gmail.com.

A small in­vest­ment in in­de­pen­dent ad­vice can give op­er­a­tors peace of mind about their choice of tyre prod­uct, ser­vic­ing and main­te­nance ar­range­ments.

Tyr­ex­perts use spe­cialised in­spec­tion and anal­y­sis tech­niques to en­sure the root cause of tyre fail­ures is iden­ti­fied

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