What's been done with the thousands of dollars that Illinois tire dealers have paid in the form of (tire) user fees? Jim Batterman, Manager
TRL Tire Service
South Chicago Heights, Ill.
Editor's Note: According to Alan L. Justice of the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), the funds are divided up as follows: 44 percent goes to the state's Environmental Protection Agency for clean-up operations and enforcement of regulations; 39 percent goes to the ENR for programs promoting scrap tire recycling, including test burning by prospective tire-derived fuel users; 13 percent goes to the Department of Public Health for such activities as mosquito control; the remainder is made available to the Department of Agriculture and the Pollution Control Board for promulgating scrap tire regulations.
Importing used tires
Why does the U.S. government allow the importation of used passenger tires from Europe.
We are cleaning their garbage and bringing it here where we already have tons of used tires.
Somebody should do something about it.
Luis Alvarez, President
L.A. Premium Tires & Service Corp.
Editor's Note: We relayed your question to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, which said it is unaware of any U.S. government regulations involving the importation of used passenger tires.
Inflation char needed
It would be helpful to have a chart listing inflation pressures for the various tire sizes.
When asked, even people in the industry guess. And if we go by the maximum pressure molded onto the sidewall and deviate by (putting in) five to six pounds less, then we're still guessing.
And forget (the pressure recommendations in) the sticker on the door post or glove box-all the car manufacturer wants is a soft ride. He doesn't care about any tire mileage gains.
Some of the maximum figures are 36-44 psi.
Does anyone know for sure?
Ron Vakassian, Co-owner
Lime Rock Tire & Auto
Lime Rock, Conn.
Editor's Note: Like it or not, the ``correct'' inflation pressure is that recommended by the vehicle's manufacturer, according to tire experts with the Rubber Manufacturers Association and other industry organizations. Raising the inflation pressure above that recommended might yield slightly greater tire mileage, as you suggest, but it might also result in irregular wear or similar problems.