Contrary to what most fleet managers believe about retread tires, the tire retreading process upholds the same standard of quality as new tire manufacturing. A lot goes on between initial inspection and the final product, making retread tires just as safe and capable as their new counterparts. Find out all about the tire retreading process and where you can get your tires retreaded by reading the information below.
There are six main steps to tire retreading in order to ensure the end result is the highest quality possible. First, a tire technician will inspect the tire you wish to be retreaded. The purpose of this inspection is to determine whether or not your tire’s casing is a good candidate for retread. If it is, it can proceed to the buffing process.
During buffing, the tire’s surface is prepped for retreading. Tire technicians using the Michelin Retread process carefully remove the existing tread to leave the optimal amount of undertread to ensure the casing meets dimensional and textural requirements to move on to the next step.
Next comes tire tread preparation and building. Once the casing has been buffed and prepped, the technician will apply a pre-molded retread. Uncured cushion gum is used to secure the pre-molded or new tread to the casing. During this process, an uncured tread compound is extruded or applied as a strip directly to the casing.
In order for this pre-mold process to be successful, the uncured cushion compound needs to vulcanize while the pre-molded tread is secured in place. To achieve this, the tire is placed into an envelope that is pressed through a vacuum system, allowing the pre-molded tread to sit uniformly on the uncured cushion compound and casing.
Before reaching final inspection, the tire will then need to be vulcanized. This is done to ensure the rubber is able to achieve maximum adhesion to the road and surrounding elements. Lastly, the tire will go through final inspection where it will need to pass all consumer and governmental regulations before reaching the commercial trucking fleet.
STTC takes tire retreading seriously and uses the Michelin Retread Technolgy process. This process is proven to lower tire failures and increase drivability, thus offering fleet managers the highest quality retread tires for their commercial trucking fleets. Our MRT certfied technicians take pride in the retreading process, ensuring each retread tire is of the highest standard before ever reaching our customers. Contact our team to find out how to partner with STTC tire retreading services for your commercial trucking fleet.