Heavy Vehicle Pressure Maintenance

Good pressure maintenance is essential for good truck tyre performance. Servicing tyres must be a planned maintenance procedure rather than a series of emergency actions. The process of regularly checking and recording pressures, wear rates and kilometres of service can enable you to achieve much greater average tyre life, and much lower cost per kilometre than if you only think about tyres when problems occur. This process is not just another non-productive administration task but is the first step toward managing (rather than just buying) tyres and tyre service. Whether you use a computer system or a notebook in the glovebox, records will show the value of good maintenance and help you choose the best tyres for your vehicles.


The cost of good management (which you will have to pay for) will be repaid many times over by savings in tread life, case failures, service calls and down time, as well as significant fuel savings.


On high usage vehicles, tyres should be checked before each long trip or at least once a week. Use a good quality, accurate pressure gauge and use a depth gauge to measure tread wear. Make sure the compressor is capable of achieving the pressure required to inflate the tyres to the recommended pressure for maximum load to be carried and that the airlines are free of rust and moisture. Always check pressures when tyres are cold. Do not reduce pressure if tyres are hot. New tyres must be rechecked the day after they are fitted.


If drivers regularly walk around their truck to feel the tyres for even temperature and sound test the tyres by tapping them, almost all “sudden tyre failures” and run-flats can be eliminated.


If the records show there has been a pressure loss from a tyre on two consecutive pressure checks, that tyre definitely has a problem and should be removed to rectify the cause of the pressure loss before more rapid tread wear can occur or before the case is damaged beyond repair.


World Diesel can offer you FREE tyre pressure checks and reporting, along with a flat hourly fee for all fleet maintenance 24/7. For further training or professional advice call our heavy vehicle experts on (08) 9331 4066 or email