You don't need to reinvent the wheel to keep your TY tyres in good shape.

Axis Tyres on 24 January 2018

One of the biggest advantages of TY's range of solid resilient tyres is that they don't need a lot of maintenance. They are built to last and wear slowly. So once fitted, they shouldn't need too much looking after from you.

That said, it's a good idea to treat your TY tyres with a little TLC to prevent any costly repairs or premature replacements. A well-maintained tyre will always ride better than a repaired tyre, so if you exercise solid tyre maintenance, you'll be able to rely on your TY tyres for years to come.

Over the last 60 years, TY Cushion Tyre has established a reputation for sturdy, dependable, and innovative tyres. Using the latest compounding technology, the company produces a huge variety of industry-specific tyres to fit an array of machines and withstand the harshest of operating conditions. how to take care of tyres aux1 image

Want to learn more about TY's tyre range? We can tell you everything you need to know and help you with regular tyre maintenance. Call our team at Axis on 1300 551 001.

Here's how to maintain and protect your TY tyres – no matter what application they are used for or what industry you work in:

1. Check the load pressure

The first part of a solid tyre maintenance program involves load pressure. It's critical not to overload your vehicle, machine, or equipment to keep your TY tyres in good shape.

Being solid, TY tyres don't puncture and provide good shock absorption and operator comfort. However, you should always ensure that your weight distribution is as even as possible to avoid instability under load. It's essential to keep your tyres balanced and your vehicle properly aligned – not just for the longevity of your tyres but also for the safety of your driver.

Despite the fact that TY tyres don't require a pressure maintenance program because they contain zero air – and have generally shown very little stress or deformation in tyre stability tests – try to avoid over-flexing/overloading for maximised performance.

2. Drive within the limits of your machine

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All tyres come with a tyre speed rating, and TY tyres are no exception. This rating indicates the range of speeds at which the tyre can carry a load under specified service conditions.

Ton kilometre per hour (TKPH) refers to the measurement unit of the load of a tyre and is used for monitoring its work. The rating measurement is based on the weight and speed a tyre can handle without overheating, which can lead to premature deterioration. TKPH is one of the key things our team at Axis considers when we recommend a suitable tyre to you.

Always comply with the speed rating and load index to keep your tyres in good nick and maintain their efficiency. Slow down for corners and bends, and avoid locking one wheel for sharp turns as this wears out the tyre quickly. Driving style and speed directly affect tyre life so refrain from quick spinning, sudden starting and braking, and unsafe manoeuvres.

3. Practice good storage principles

how to take care of tyres aux3 image2When storing TY tyres, be sure to keep them away from solvents, fuels, oils, and other materials that may degrade their rubber properties. Ozone can damage tyres, so keep them clear of machinery which can generate ozone such as electric motors, furnaces, central vacuums, or basement sump pumps.

Tyres should, as a rule, be stored in cool, dark environments away from direct sunlight. That's because any form of intense heat, coupled with the sun's ultraviolet rays, can cause their rubber compounds to break down. Plus, because they're black, they can easily heat up which causes vulcanisation to continue beyond the point intended in manufacture.

Tyres also accumulate brake dust, dirt, and road grime fairly easily, so wipe them down on a semi-regular basis, because all that gunk can cause damage if it sticks around for long enough. Don't store them for more than a few months at a time or performance and safety issues may arise.

4. Check your tyres for wear

how to take care of tyres aux5 imageCheck your TY tyres regularly for signs of wear or chunking, due to foreign objects, to increase their service life. Keep a close eye on wear: look for cracks, splitting and tearing from sharp object impacts.

TY tyres should be replaced when they reach the tread wear line on the sidewall, which is when approximately a third of the rubber is worn. It is extremely dangerous to use a tyre when 30 to 35 per cent of the rubber is worn. Tyre wear does not happen evenly which creates instability. However, the wear patterns on your treads can tell you a great deal about your tyre use so keep an eye on them.

Any obvious signs of damage to your tyres should be dealt with swiftly to ensure your safety and the safety of the people around you, as well as the security of your operating machinery. Make it a weekly habit to inspect your tyres and wheels, looking for any abnormal wear or damage that may require attention.

We're here to help

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At Axis, we have been working closely with TY Cushion Tyre for over five years. We enjoy a close and collaborative relationship with their factory team in Taiwan. This means we can organise a personalised recommendation if you are tossing up between a particular tyre pattern or compound.

We have supplied and fitted TY tyres for a huge range of mining applications across Australia as well as for overground applications, including waste transfer stations, steel and timber yards, and demolition sites. It's safe to say we know these high-performance tyres inside out – and we believe that when you choose TY Cushion Tyre, you are guaranteed to get the best quality around.

Whether you need a tyre service or simply want to chat to an expert about solid tyre maintenance, there's always a good reason to visit us at one of our locations in Melbourne, Sydney, Wodonga, or Adelaide. Whatever your application, we have you covered with our range of both solid resilient and pneumatic tyres.

Call us on 1300 551 001 to get reliable advice on choosing – and maintaining – the right tyres for you.