Mathcing tires on 4x4s In response to the July 5 article concerning problems that resulted from having different-sized tires on 4WD and all-WDs, can the drive lines on these vehicles really be that tight and close on tolerances?
What about the driver going down the highway for 100 miles or more with a tire that's about 10 or 15 psi underinflated? What kind of damage can he expect?
Zolman Tire Inc.
Having correct air pressure in any sized passenger or truck tire always has been a priority with our customers!
Chalie's Tire Service Inc.
Training, education needed
I am astounded by the ignorance in the tire industry. After having 17 years in the tire business, I can see more ignorant acts then I care to think about.
Some of them are set forth by OSHA and some by so called safety people. The unfortunate death of 17-year-old tire service worker Dwight Peel makes me want people to change their ways. No one needs to get killed in this business.
E.L. Tire Service
Our industry's greatest problem always has been that there are too many people selling tires but knowing nothing about them.
Tire manufacturers should devote part of the money they now spend on research to educate the people who buy their product.
It would sure make life a lot easier for this independent tire dealer.
Lake Eufaula, Okla.
More on the Ford program
As Cooper Tire's No. 1 dealer in the U.S., I agree with reader Jack McCarthy who wrote in the Aug. 16 issue that he has stopped buying Ford Motor Co.'s products following the auto company's decision to enter the retail tire business.
I operate 14 stores in New York state and have over 90 delivery trucks—50 percent of which are Fords.
I have always been satisfied with the Ford products. However, since Ford now is a competitor in the tire business, I too will not purchase another Ford vehicle for my fleet.
I am very discouraged by Firestone's participation in Ford's new ``Around the Wheel'' promotion and have refused to participate in the program.
Not everyone knows that Firestone totally controls the profit, paperwork and stocking capability of that program.
We have lost most of our Ford dealer customers to the ``Around the Wheel'' program and I am seriously considering dropping the Firestone line completely.
I hope more independent tire dealers will address this issue and make the public and Ford aware of how serious the impact can be.
Byron Moore Jr.
Moore's Tire Sales Inc.