Tire aging angst
Some folks might believe that Ford Motor Co. has an axe to grind with the tire industry. Its obtrusiveness with the tire-aging issue should, however, make perfect sense to the unschooled.
Experience a test drive in a 1999 Ford, and it's easy to understand a six-year life span philosophy. I suggest that the statement on its Web site and published in its owners' manuals be modified so that the word ``tires'' be replaced with the word ``Ford.''
The declaration would then more accurately read: Fords degrade over time, even when they are not being used. It is recommended that Fords generally be replaced after six years of normal service.
This is the first time I have felt compelled to send a letter. I am writing on behalf of Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone who were great pals and quintessential businessmen. Enough said.
Doug Conley Sr.
Shamrock Marketing Inc.
Editor's Note: Mr. Conley drives two Ford vehicles: a Jaguar sedan and two-door convertible.
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Why are the tire companies so upset with Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler A.G. for putting an age limit on tires? Bridgestone/Firestone only warrants a tire for four years from date of manufacture (as per last year's Firestone platinum pact warranty).
Let them explain why I can't get a tire warranted or a truck tire recapped after it is 5 years old, and then we can address what the car manufacturers are doing.
Pace Tire Center
Central City, Ky.
Westhafer sets fine example
We totally agree with your ``Got to create your own identity'' editorial in the May 23 issue.
Terry Westhafer of Central Tire Corp. in Verona, Va., is a long-time Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) member and a former board president. He runs his business in a first-class manner, and the results speak for themselves.
TRIB now promotes the same ideas as Terry does at Central Tire on our weekly radio segment on The Open Road Cafe truckers' channel on Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and on our monthly segment on the Midnight Trucking Radio Network on AM radio.
We repeatedly tell our listeners that not all retreaders are good, and they should deal only with those retreaders who are worthy of their business. We encourage retread plant tours so truckers can see for themselves what a first-class retread plant should look like.
We have had some negative feedback from retreaders and others in our industry-happily, never from our members, though-telling us we should not ``put the knock'' on retreaders. We explain that we only are trying to discourage truckers from doing business with the bums in our industry and that TRIB intends to continue promoting the good guys only.
We explain that if they are running a first-class operation they have nothing to fear. If not, they can go pound sand.
Back to Terry Westhafer. The only problem with him is he is not a twin. If our industry had more like him, we would all be better off.
Tire Retread Information Bureau
Pacific Grove, Calif.