TMC updates tire guide

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Updated Sep 7, 2011

The American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council has released the fourth edition of the council’s Radial Tire Conditions Analysis Guide. This edition, available in both CD-ROM and print versions, is the first comprehensive update of the manual since 2004. It features many updates to existing repair, retread and wear conditions, as well as new conditions such as those that pertain to wide-base tires.

The guide includes more than 200 color photographs and illustrations, and contains detailed, expert descriptions of every tire failure and service condition known to the industry, including diagonal wear, irregular wear, sidewall separations, the “zipper condition” and shoulder wear. It shows how to correct the tire failure conditions and what to do with the damaged tire.

“Tire suppliers and field service engineers can use the guide to help their customers make informed spec’ing and maintenance decisions, and fleet managers will find the guide to be an indispensable training tool,” says TMC Technical Director Robert Braswell.

Braswell says the guide, written by the nation’s top tire experts, is an invaluable failure analysis tool designed for fleet managers and tire professionals. The guide is priced at $79 (CD-ROM version: Item No. T0372; Print Version: Item No. T0121) for TMC or ATA members and $105 for nonmembers. Discounts for quantities of 10 or more are available. Contact ATA Business Solutions at 866-821-3468 or order online at