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How Do I Know If My Rubber Tracks Are Worn Out

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How Do I Know If My Rubber Tracks Are Worn Out

It’s important to keep an eye on the condition of your rubber tracks, as they are a crucial component of heavy equipment. Rubber tracks that are worn out can cause safety hazards and downtime on the job. Don’t wait until your rubber tracks are worn out before replacing them. Use this checklist to ensure your fleet operators and drivers know what signs to look for.

Cracks on the Tracks 

One of the most important signs to look out for when inspecting your rubber tracks is cracking. This is a clear indication that your rubber tracks are worn out and need to be replaced. It’s crucial not to ignore or overlook this sign. To prevent cracks from appearing in the first place, it’s a good idea to park your equipment out of direct sunlight and train your operators to be careful around curbs and walls to avoid scraping the rubber tracks. Additionally, make sure your operators are not driving aggressively, as this can also contribute to premature wear and tear on your rubber tracks.

Rubber Tracks Lose Tension 

Regularly checking the tension of your rubber tracks is another important aspect of maintaining your equipment. Over time, the rubber tracks can stretch out, just like your shoes. Experts suggest that you should check the tension daily or weekly, depending on how often you use your equipment. It’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation when tightening the tracks and not exceed the recommended tension. Over-tightening can cause premature wear and tear on the rubber tracks. If you find that your rubber tracks are consistently losing tension, it may be time to consider replacing them before they become worn out.

Missing Lugs 

When you’re working on a site with a lot of debris that gets caught up under the carriage, it can cause significant damage. If the lugs are damaged or missing, you will need to get them fixed. Check the tracks to see if they need to be replaced or repaired. 

Worn Tread 

The tread on your rubber tracks is crucial for maintaining traction and preventing slipping and malfunctioning. If the tread becomes worn or flat, your equipment may not be able to maintain balance on slopes or wet terrain. If you notice steel cording in the rubber tracks, it’s a clear indication that the rubber tracks are worn out and ready to fail. To avoid unexpected downtime and ensure the safety of your workers, it’s crucial to replace the rubber tracks as soon as possible. Don’t wait until it’s too late to replace your worn-out rubber tracks.

Problems with Sprockets 

When you’re having problems with the sprockets meshing with the tracks, it could be that the sprockets need to be replaced or that the track is loose. Either way, your equipment needs maintenance to prevent an accident and to avoid a shutdown. 

Avoid Track Failure

Prevent rubber tracks from snapping by checking them regularly for signs of problems. Check the track tension to reduce the risk of tears and slipping. Keep the tracks clean of dirt, rocks, and other debris, which cause the rubber to deteriorate. Don’t let dirt and debris get trapped in the undercarriage. It will damage the inside of the tracks, which means you’ll have to replace them prematurely. Use the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations to perform preventative maintenance to keep your equipment lasting longer. Replace the rubber tracks before they snap or break down. Log all maintenance and keep good records to know when the rubber track’s lifespan is getting close to the end to make better decisions about replacements. 

Get the Right Parts for Your Equipment 

Buying the right track requires careful consideration. You need to know the make, year, and model of your equipment, the size of the track, the guide size, and other factors to have the right part. STTC technicians can help you find the replacement rubber tracks for your needs to keep your operators safe and productive. We know tires and related vehicular equipment and parts and can help you get the best rubber tracks. 


Call us now at 610-954-8473 or contact us online for skid tires, commercial tires, rubber tracks, and all tire-related services. 

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