Regardless of the brand of forklift tires you use, all forklift tires are subject to typical wear and tear. Coupled with the fact that forklifts don’t feature a traditional suspension system, your forklift tires carry a lot of weight (most have to be able to support around 10,000 lbs. on the front tires alone) around on a daily basis and will indeed begin to show signs of needing to be replaced at some point.
Since forklift tires that are worn down and beat up can quickly turn into a hazardous situation, it is critical that you know exactly how to determine when it is time to replace them.
So, to help you be better prepared, we have put together a shortlist of the top 4 signs that your forklift tire needs a replacement. Check for these signs during your pre-shift inspections to ensure that you begin the day with the confidence that your machinery is carrying loads with on solid, stable tires.
Signs of a Worn Out Forklift Tire
The wear line
Pretty much any modern tire you buy is going to have what is known as a wear line. This is a cmall, ridged line or rubber that runs across the circumference of the tire. The purpose of this line is to show how much wear are on your tires. When the wear of your tires reaches this line, it is time to replace it.
Forklift tires are no different. They too feature this wear line and when it comes to a tire that is meant to carry around loads of goods in the thousands of pounds, it is all the more important that you pay attention to this line.
If you have pieces of material coming off of your forklift tires, you are experiencing something called chunking.
Chunking happens when a rubber tire begins to bulge and eventually pieces of the material start to crack and tear off from the weight it is carrying. The reasons the bulging and subsequent chunking happens are numerous. Everything from sustained hot temperatures to dry air can result in either or both, tearing and chunking.
Tearing on the tires
Before your tires start to chunk, they actually begin tearing.
This is most noticeable on rubber tires when the metal lining begins to show through the rubber. When your tire begins to tear, it is only a matter of time before pieces of rubber begin coming off, resulting in chunking.
Some tearing of tires can actually be repaired on the fly but this needs to be performed by a specialist.
Your forklift tires are responsible for carrying massively heavy loads and as such, they are prone to getting flat spots in certain areas.
This problem can actually result in your forklift tipping in severe cases or outright not being able to move, bringing your business to a screeching halt.
Other Things to Consider
During your tire inspections, it is a good idea to also ensure that there are no signs of uneven wear and tear on each tire on your machinery. Likewise, check that there is no seemingly noticeable signs of imbalance or “leaning” between any of them.
If any is noticeable, it will soon begin to cause issues as the weight from one side is shifted to another tire, doubling the pressure and strain placed on that side or individual tire.
Additionally, keep an eye on your rims. Rims can bend, crack and snap off, causing a considerable amount of damage.
Ultimately, if you have checked all of the items on this list and have determined that your forklift tire needs a replacement, reach out to the team here at Atlanta Liftruck Salvage. With over 25 years of experience in the used forklift parts industry and being the largest forklift salvage yard in the US, we are positive that we can get you the replacement tires you need to keep your forklifts rolling.