Tyre Safety

Right skills, right tools, right time

Whether on turf or tarmac, your tyres are the only contact with the ground. It’s therefore essential that they are carefully maintained and serviced at all times. Due to the weight and size of agricultural tyres the task of servicing can be extremely dangerous, which is why skilled experts using the correct tools and following specific instructions should only ever carry it out.

With this in mind, please take care to read the safety information. If you have any doubt about the correct or safe method of performing any step in the inflation, installation or removal processes please stop immediately and seek expert assistance from a qualified person. Failure to do so could end in serious injury. Please download our full safety instructions here: https://www.titan-intl.com/safety

Safety checklist

  • Regularly inspect tyres for damage, distortion and cracking
  • Check inflation pressure on a regular basis
  • Never exceed tyre and vehicle load limits
  • Ensure tyres on the same axle have same structure, size and tread pattern
  • Avoid contact with chemicals, oil and grease
  • Only ever use authorised repair services
  • Follow all safety and maintenance recommendations

OUT OF SIGHT, NOT MIND

We understand agricultural tyres are a long-term investment. To ensure their life expectancy is optimised it’s essential to store them correctly and keep them away from harmful light, heat and ozone sources. It’s also important to keep tyres off oily surfaces and away from grease, petrol and volatile solvents, as these will damage the rubber and weaken the tyres.

Storage guide

  • Keep tyres away from direct sunlight
  • Avoid exposure to heat and hydrocarbon sources
  • Keep mounted and unmounted tyres away from ozone sources such as motors, generators and arc welders
  • Keep off oily floors and surfaces at all times and avoid storing in direct contact with the ground for long periods
  • Avoid horizontal storage for tubeless tyres
  • Never hang up inner tubes or flaps, always store flat on shelves

Storing tyres horizontally?

  • Ensure tyres are positioned lug against lug
  • Reduce inflation pressure when tyres are stored fitted on rims
  • Turn over stock on a regular basis
  • Ensure there is no moisture or water inside the tyre

UNDER PRESSURE

Maintaining the correct tyre pressure can significantly extend the life of your tyres, not to mention improve operator comfort. Overloading and underinflating a tyre both have the effect of over-deflecting it, which will cause the tyre tread to wear rapidly and unevenly. To avoid this, it’s essential to consider the direct relationship between inflation pressure, speed and load capacity.

Please refer to inflation tables and technical details for the correct pressure, load and operating speed for your specific Goodyear Farm Tire.

Overinflating risks

  • Reduced grip due to reduced surface contact with ground
  • Increased tyre wear leading to increased costs
  • Reduced operator comfort
  • Greater sensitivity to impact resulting in ply tear

Underinflating risks

  • Increased fuel consumption
  • Ply separation and increased damage
  • Increased sidewall stress from flexing resulting in greater tyre wear
  • Higher risk of the tyre turning on the rim
  • Reduced stability, especially on roads

FITTING AND REMOVING TYRES

FIT FOR PURPOSE

Removing and fitting agricultural tyres can be dangerous. It’s important best practice safety measures are followed at all times and those involved fully understand the processes and risks involved. Failure to carefully follow the steps listed below could result in incorrect mounting onto the rim, which in turn could cause the tyre to explode leading to serious injury, or even death.

Before you get started

  • Ensure the tyre being installed is the correct type and size for the vehicle
  • Check the rim, tyre and tube are fully compatible
  • Make sure you have the proper specialised equipment and tools available
  • Methodically inspect the inside and outside of the tyre to identify any damage, distortion or cracking – if in doubt, throw it out
  • Check rim is completely clean and in perfect condition, with no signs of distortion, cracking or welded repair
  • Ensure the individual fitting or removing the tyre is fully trained and familiar with all safety procedures
  • If possible, secure access to a safety cage and retaining chains

Removing the tyre

  • Remove the valve core to deflate the tyre.
  • Once completely deflated, remove the rim nut and push the valve through the valve hole (tube tyres only).
  • Lubricate the rim flange and place a hydraulic bead unseating tool between the tyre bead and rim flange and force the bead off the bead seat.
  • If the rim appears damaged, deflation is required before the removal of the wheel.

Fitting the tyre

  1. Lubricate the rim and beads, making sure to avoid silicone and petroleum-based lubricants that could cause damage to the tyre.
  2. Position the valve or valve hole at the bottom of the Goodyear Farm Tire.
  3. Fit the tyre into the rim so that the first tyre bead is positioned on the edge of the rim (follow the direction of the arrows on the tyre if present).
  4. Using a suitable lever, carefully bring the first bead over the rim flange and push it into the deepest rim well.
  5. Locate and fix the valve, being careful not to over tighten.
  6. Bring the second bead over the edge of the rim flange finishing at the valve.
  7. Centre the tyre on the rim and remove the valve core.
  8. Keeping a safe distance and ensuring no part of the body is within the possible trajectory of the valve or caps slowly inflate to ensure the beads are in the optimal position and make sure beads are not pinching the tube.
  9. Use suitable pressure limitation gauges during inflation to reduce the risk of injury, as well as a filter and dehumidifier on the compressed air line to eliminate the entry of dirt and humidity.
  10. Continue inflating to no more than 35 Psi to ensure beads are correctly positioned (if beads are not correctly seated it will be necessary to deflate the tyre, then lubricate and inflate again).
  11. Once tyre is successfully inflated replace the valve core and tighten the valve nut by hand, making sure the valve does not touch the rims, brake drums or any mechanical parts.
  12. Set the specific tyre pressure according to the load.

Fitting with a tube?

Check you’re using the correct new tube and flap for the tyre.

Going tubeless?

Make sure you’re using a new tubeless valve if fitting a tubeless tyre on a tubeless rim.