Goodyear brings DuraSeal to wide-base singles
Tire sealant now available to long-haul, regional fleets
Wide-base single tires offer regional and long-haul trucking companies reduced weight and increased fuel economy, a win-win scenario for productivity- and efficiency-minded fleets. But despite those advantages, wide-base singles have one drawback when compared to dual wheel assemblies: If there’s a flat, the truck is stuck.
Goodyear says it has an answer to this concern with the debut of its G392 SSD drive and G394 SST trailer wide-base tires for long-haul and regional-haul applications. Both new tires feature Goodyear’s proprietary Fuel Max Technology, but even more importantly, they are the first wide-base tires to offer flat protection via the company’s exclusive DuraSeal Technology, says Donn Kramer, director of marketing for Goodyear.
“If a standard wide-base tire hits a nail or other debris and goes flat, there is no limp-home capability,” Kramer says. A punctured tire can deflate to a level where it ruins a $450 wheel, he says. “DuraSeal Technology can help reduce these costs.”
Goodyear developed DuraSeal tire sealant technology several years ago and has marketed it primarily to vocational applications such as construction and refuse. A DuraSeal tire features a gel-like inner liner layered into the tire’s design. In the event of a puncture (up to ¼-inch in diameter), the gel instantly flows into the tire’s damaged area and seals the hole.
“We’ve seen DuraSeal tires with as many as 50 punctures in them by the end of their service life still holding air,” Kramer says. “So we know this technology has saved our vocational customers money and vehicle downtime. We’re confident those benefits will translate to our wide-base singles fleet customers as well.”
Both the G392 SSD drive tire and the G394 SST trailer tire feature Goodyear’s Fuel Max technology for enhanced fuel economy in day-to-day fleet operations. The G392 SSD has a nine-rib design with eight wide circumferential grooves, which helps provide all-season traction in dry, wet and snowy conditions. This rib design works in unison with the tire’s deep 25/32-inch tread depth for long initial tire life. Kramer says Goodyear tested the tires extensively in wet and dry traction conditions at the company’s test facility in San Angelo, Texas, along with snow performance testing in Minnesota. The tread’s design is coupled with a casing construction that restricts casing expansion to help alleviate irregular wear.
Goodyear also will help fleets and owner-operators reduce their tire costs further by offering matching retreads for both the G392 SSD and G394 SST. “The retread looks and performs like the original tread,” Kramer says. “It also features the same tread depth on the trailer tire and 24/32nds of tread on the drive tire to maximize miles to removal.”
* Preliminary data from FTR Associates shows June Class 8 truck total net orders for all major North American OEMs at 20,944, down 9 percent from May. June is the second consecutive month of declining orders.
* Prices have increased an average of 11 percent for all Bridgestone and Firestone truck and bus tire products, Bandag brand retreads and related retreading materials, as have prices of Bridgestone, Firestone and Continuum over-the-road tires.
* The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Bosselman Inc. formed the Uni-Maxx Truck Care on-highway service network. Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems and Boss Truck Shops Inc. are the network’s first two members.
* Eaton increased the availability and coverage of its Reman transmissions through the addition of a new Flex Reman line and raising the standard warranty coverage of its portfolio to two years for line-haul and 18 months for vocational applications.
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