Goodyear expands DuraSeal to severe-service tires

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced today, Aug. 9, that it would expand its self-sealing commercial tire technology to include more mixed-service tires for vehicles that require maximum off-road traction. DuraSeal Technology will be available in Unisteel G177 severe-service drive tires.

Rich Cottrell, product manager for mixed-service tires for Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear, says the technology’s expansion into the G177 “is a no-brainer… a perfect fit. Adding DuraSeal Technology to the rugged G177 will reduce vehicle downtime due to punctures.”

Goodyear G177’s aggressive tread design is designed to provide superb off-road traction. Mining, logging, landfill, road-building and other severe-service applications use the tires on the drive axle to give their equipment added grip, Cottrell says. The tire also features high-tear strength tread compound to help resist rubber chipping and chunking. An enhanced casing design helps improve strength, puncture resistance and retreadability, he says.

“Adding DuraSeal Technology to this tough tire further enhances the G177’s value and helps fleets reduce their operating costs,” Cottrell says. The technology helps seal tread-area punctures up to 1/4-inch diameter when they occur, greatly reducing vehicle downtime. The technology — previously only available in Unisteel G287 MSA and G288 MSA mixed-service tires — is designed to allow tires to remain in service; they can be retreaded and retain sealing effectiveness, Cottrell says.

Available in sizes 11R22.5 H, 11R24.5 H and 12R22.5 H, the G177 mixed-service tire featuring DuraSeal Technology is manufactured in Goodyear’s Danville, Va., plant. A 12R24.5 H size will be available in September. For more information, go to www.goodyear.com/truck.