Regrooving auto tires Here in Southern California, a number of shops are regrooving passenger tires. Is this legal? If not, who's in charge of enforcement?
Norm & Bob's Tires
Baldwin Park, Calif.
Editor's note: Federal regulations (49 CFR Part 569) prohibit regrooving tires unless they are inscribed "regroovable" and, after regrooving, have a minimum of 3/32nds-inch of rubber remaining between the tread grooves and the cord material. few—if any—passenger tires could meet such requirements. So regrooving them probably is illegal. If you know of an apparent violation, you may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If California has similar prohibitions, you may contact the appropriate state agency. Also, such questionable regrooving could subject practitioners to legal and financial liability should an accident occur.
Dealers' future tied to Web
Your Dec. 6 editorial urging tire dealers to create their own Web sites was very timely. We totally agree that being online is increasingly important.
The Tire Retread Information Bureau's Web site (www.retread.org) receives an average of 30 hits daily, seven days a week. Our members' Web addresses are linked to our site, which is another benefit of membership.
The first thing I do each day is check Tire Business' Web site for my daily news update.
The Web is part of our future, and the sooner your readers grasp this fact, the more successful they will be.
Tire Retread Information Bureau
Pacific Grove, Calif.
Don't sweat Ford program
I don't know why everybody seems afraid of Ford Motor Co.'s "Around the Wheel" tire program for auto dealerships.
The more competition there is, the better your dealership should look to customers.
Remember, every time you drive through the auto dealership's door there's a $60 cover charge and everybody needs a treatment.
I never worry about the competition—I am the competition!
South St. Paul, Minn.
Please furnish the address and telephone number of Greenman Technologies Inc. (mentioned in an Oct. 11 TB article).
David M. Hart
Mercer Tire Co.
Editor's note: You can write Greenman Technologies at 7 Kimball Lane, Building A, Lynnfield, Mass. 01940 or telephone the company at (781) 224-2411.
Height loaded radius
If the manufacturer lists a height loaded radius for a tire, why can't a fellow inflate it (on their specified rim width) and have it read the exact tire pressure specified?
Doesn't it make sense that the tire would perform its best at that loaded radius?
I've tried it on my Saab, which balances 50/50, weightwise, front to rear, and it doesn't work well at all.
Custom Tire Center
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Editor's note: Would anyone care to reply to Mr. Carpenter's question?