Simple solution to tire wear
I read with great interest your Jan. 19 article titled, ``Analyzing alignment-related tire wear.''
This article states that low air pressure and misalignment are the leading causes of premature tire wear. Anybody who has spent time as I have in the truck tire industry has seen many more tires worn prematurely due to out-of-balance wheel assemblies than any other type of premature tire tread wear.
The trucking industry has until now believed that it is not necessary to balance rear wheels. That is changing as fleet owners begin to realize the tremendous savings in fuel consumption, tire wear and mechanical and freight damage from balancing all complete wheel assemblies.
The trucking industry depends on the tire industry for advice, and the tire industry depends on the trade magazines to investigate and report new findings. Sometimes the simplest solutions to problems are overlooked. This seems to be the case here.
Counteract Balancing Beads
Where's the accountability?
Florida, like many states, has imposed a per- unit tire fee on every new tire sold in the state.
These programs were originally presented as a revenue conduit for tire-related environmental problems-for example, scrap tire disposal, remediation of threatening tire dumps, etc.
I have yet to see an accounting, or accountability, by this or any other state of the amount, sources and applications of these funds.
Michael L. O'Rourke
Shamrock Automotive Inc.
Letter `on the money'
In reference to the letter by Larry Hauck of Wells Tire Co. Inc. in the Jan. 19 issue, his statement regarding Goodyear reaching out to dealers is right on the money.
The long-time loyal dealers who made Goodyear profitable are being tossed aside. Maybe this is why Goodyear is still in the deep red when it used to be very profitable with loyal independent dealers.
Will Goodyear have a future without its dealer organization being loyal? Time will tell.
All American Tire & Service
TRIB's ready for Battle
Your editorial, ``TIA must not forget retreaders,'' which appeared in the Feb. 2 issue of Tire Business, was right on the mark regarding the problems retreaders now face having representation in many vital areas.
However, there is still one association with ``retread'' in its name-and that is TRIB. The Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) is totally dedicated to promoting and defending the retread and tire repair industries worldwide. TRIB is always ready to step up to the plate whenever there is an issue that adversely affects the retread or tire repair industries, and our success rate in fending off negative publicity is astounding.
Although TRIB presently has more than 400 members in 28 countries, there are far too many retreaders who do not support our non-profit association.
We invite any interested retreader or supplier to the retread industry to visit our Web site, www.retread.org, for more information about membership. Or we can be reached toll free from anywhere in North America at (888) 473-8732.
Tire Retread Information Bureau
Pacific Grove, Calif.