Large/OTR Tire Repair Solution

In today’s budget-conscious environment Heavy Equipment owners and  fleet managers are under pressure to maximize the life span of their costly OTR tires and while trying to minimizing fleet down time. Being able to repair these tires quickly and efficiently is a major challenge.


OTR tires are used under extreme conditions experiencing a greater load and higher flex than tires used elsewhere. Down time is costly so a quick, economical permanent tire repair is critical.


Safety Seal OTR/HEAVY EQUIPMENT  TIRE REPAIR KITS are designed to repair large injuries in these types of tires. Each kit contains 18-16”(40CM) Heavy Duty Safety Seal Repairs, H-D T-Handle Insertion Tool able to accommodate up to 4 Safety Seal Repairs, H-D T-Handle Probing Tool, Special Lube packaged in a Durable Impact Resistant Carrying Case.


This product allows for a Permanent “On The Wheel” – “On The Job”-Tire Repair. Eliminating Costly Down Time.


Safety Seal advises this product is designed for OTR Large Tires and does not recommend multiple repairs for highway use. Product Code SSKHE.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Planning for Winter Weather
“The New York Times recently wrote:”
Planning for wintry weather is important, but so is enjoying the cold and snow. Your smartphone can help with both.
We used to rely on TV and radio reports for winter weather forecasts and alerts, but apps can provide more up-to-the-minute alerts. NOAA Radar Pro, $2 on iOS, gets data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
NOAA Radar Pro also includes storm warnings and other severe weather alerts, and can automatically notify you about predictions for a specific location, giving you time to prepare.
There’s a free version for iOS, but it doesn’t include the alerts.
As an alternative, Yahoo Weather, free on iOS and Android, is fast becoming one of my favorites because of its design. It lacks an alert system, though, so you will have to watch it more closely to check for bad weather.
For an entirely different feel, check out Weathermob. This free iOS app is like a crowdsourced weather forecasting service.
Users upload information and photographs of the weather conditions in their location, so you can see just how deep the snow is or how icy the roads are.
The reports are not as scientific as those of other weather apps, but the personal touch of real people sharing weather data for a particular place may be appealing.
Getting stuck in your car in wintry weather can pose real dangers. Winter Survival Kit, free on both iOS and Android, is full of great advice and useful features for this situation.
A section about how to prepare for winter travel includes tips like packing kitty litter in your car to help tires get a grip on ice. Pressing a large “I’m stranded!” button takes you to a section that tells you what to do if you get stuck in your car. This includes dialing 911 (which people do forget to do) and staying inside your vehicle.
Winter Survival Kit can also alert you to check your car exhaust pipe for snow buildup and automatically message an emergency contact.
It has a section for storing emergency phone numbers and data like your AAA membership details.
It could prove helpful if you get stranded in a snowstorm.
Love winter and skiing? One great snow resort app packed with data is OnTheSnow Ski & Snow Report, free on iOS and Android. Use it to search for resorts nearby or for detailed information about snow and weather conditions and how many ski lifts are open at your favorite resorts.
You can upload your own resort photos and condition reports, and you can view real-time webcams to see snow conditions and some special deals on ski passes, map data to help direct you to resorts and trail maps for use while skiing.
If you are a Windows Phone user, the free app Winter Ski & Ride is an alternative to OnTheSnow. It packs a few extras like activity tracking and skiing and snowboarding lessons.
Quick Call Weather or Not is another effort to reinvent forecasting apps. Its extremely good-looking interface tries to deliver data to you quickly so you can decide at a glance whether, for example, to take a raincoat with you to your business meeting. Clever, and just $3 on iOS.

Tire Categories

All-Season: These tires are what you’ll find on the majority of passenger and luxury cars, minivans and even some compact pickup trucks. They are available in a very wide range of sizes, and have been engineered to appeal to the widest possible range of tire buyers. While they carry the designation “M+S,” which means they meet the definition of “traction tires” for mud and snow, they are not well-suited for deep snow or soupy muck. Their manufacturers mainly tout All-Season tires’ long tread life and comfortable ride.

Touring: Most commonly found on sporty sedans and coupes, Touring tires tilt the balance further in the direction of handling and dry grip than is the case with All-Season tires, though ride and inclement weather performance are not completely de-emphasized.

Performance: Standard equipment on sports cars, these are represented by Goodyear’s Eagle, Bridgestone’s Potenza, and BF Goodrich’s T/A lines, among others. Dry traction, steering response and a sporty appearance take precedence over tread life and ride comfort.

Snow Tires: As the name implies, these tires are designed specifically for use in deep snow. They feature a tread design with “lugs” to dig into snow and wide grooves into which the snow is compacted and removed as the wheels rotate. While many snow tires offer the option of adding metal studs for traction on ice, tire companies in recent years have developed new rubber compounds that significantly improve grip on icy surfaces . . . a definite advantage for drivers in areas where studded tires are not allowed.

The History of “On The Wheel” Tire Repair

                                    History of “On The Wheel” Repairs

When tubeless tires first appeared in the market place there two types of outside/ “on the wheel repairs” repairs. The rubber plug and the string type repair. The rubber plug consisted of tab of preset cured rubber, when dipped in rubber cement made a temporary repair. The product was difficult to insert into small punctures and ineffective in repairing irregular punctures (glass cuts ect.). When the rubber cement dried and cracked under road heat and pressure the repairs often leaked. With the advent of steel belted radial tires the insertion of the rubber plug became almost impossible as the plug often broke upon insertion.

String type repair consisted of a thin usually cotton string, that was immersed in a non-vulcanizing rubber solution. Since it was impossible to saturate anything larger than a thin cord the single strand was put into the injury and twisted to form a multi-layers and pulled back allowing sufficient layers of yarn to repair the puncture. The un-vulcanized rubber solution made a temporary repair as road heat and normal tire pressure caused the sealant  to ooze or ”wick” from the yarn leaving it uncoated.

Both types were temporary and did not make an effective seal.

In the late 1960’s  A.W.Niconchuk a rubber chemist and founder of North Shore Labs Corp Peabody Ma. undertook extensive research and development to produce the first permanent “on the wheel” repair. The patented process consisted of coating selected synthetic yarns with a proprietary vulcanizable rubber cement then twisting the coated parallel yarns into a repair unit larger enough to repair up to ¼” puncture. The repair unit was subjected to heat for partial vulcanizing but remained soft pliable and tacky.

This new product Safety Seal made a safe effective repair. Niconchuk further developed a special split eye insertion needle to install the repair. The product was an instant success. Safety Seal has sold over a billion repairs worldwide and this type of repair has been imitated but never completely copied by numerous other manufactures.

Nitrogen Filled Tires

Air is 78 percent nitrogen, just under 21 percent oxygen, and the rest is water vapor, CO2 and small concentrations of gases such as neon and argon.How important is it to have nitrogen filled tires. Nitrogen is less likely to migrate through tire rubber than is oxygen, which means that your tire pressures will remain more stable over the long term.  Humidity (water) is a Bad Thing to have inside a tire. Water, present as a vapor or even as a liquid in a tire, causes more of a pressure change with temperature swings than dry air does. It also promotes corrosion of the steel or aluminum rim. Some air pumps at stations do not check for moisture in the tank To check if moisture is in the line have moisture in line depress the tire chuck’s valve with your thumbnail and vent some air. If your thumb gets wet, there’s water in the line.

Nitrogen fill systems deliver pure dry nitrogen. Filling tires with nitrogen involves filling and purging several times in succession, serially diluting the concentration of oxygen in the tire. This will also remove any water. It is time-consuming, for a tire technician to fill and bleed tires. But most shops use a machine that not only generates almost pure nitrogen by straining the oxygen out of shop-compressed air, but will also automatically go through several purge cycles unattended. This may cost a few bucks maybe as much as $30.00 but if you’re buying a new tires, it should be far less.

Finding tire shops with nitrogen could be an issue, A recent study revealed America’s Tire Co., Discount Tire and Walmart do not.

Is Nitrogen Worth It?  Based on cost, convenience and actual performance benefit, it is questionable. A much better use of your money would be to buy a good tire-pressure gauge and check your tires frequently even if you have a tire-pressure monitoring system. The warning lights aren’t required to come on until you have less than 25 percent of the recommended tire pressure. Having the correct tire pressure will get you many of the benefits of using nitrogen and will ensure that your tires last longer.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

                        Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

The tire industry first in Europe and more recently in the United Sates have introduced an electronic tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) designed to monitor the air pressure in tires. TPMS either via a gauge, a pictogram display, or a simple low-pressure warning light warn the drivers when tire pressure in low. TPMS are provided both at an OEM (factory) level as well as an aftermarket solution.

Tire pressure monitoring systems continuously monitor the pressure in the tires through sensors located in the tires (direct system) or the use of wheel speed and other vehicle sensors (indirect system). The information collected by the sensors is transmitted to an on-board processor that interprets the sensor signals and warns the driver when tire pressure is below the minimum acceptable level by illuminating a warning lamp.

TPMS warning lamp on the instrument panel illuminates while driving, it means that the system has detected at least one tire with a pressure below the accepted minimum psi for the vehicle. The tires should be inspected. The lamp will extinguish after the tires are properly inflated.

On cold mornings, the warning lamp may illuminate for a short period of time and then extinguish. This type of warning lamp response is likely caused by marginally low tire pressure that dips below the warning threshold over-night but rises to an acceptable level as the tires heat up through vehicle operation or an increase in ambient temperature. The tires should be inspected and the tire pressure should be checked. The lamp should not illuminate when the tires are properly inflated.

TPMS warning icon may also light up due to malfunction from : sensor batteries can become discharged and fail, installing the incorrect valve core (TPMS sensors require a special nickel-plated valve core), tire changing procedures can damage a TPMS sensor;

pulling a stem out of the wheel will lead to a broken sensor, over tightening a new sensor valve will result in a broke and road hazards – collisions, potholes, curbs – can damage the TPMS system. In all cases when the icon appears have your vehicle serviced.

Correct Tire Inflation

Correct Tire Inflation is critical for the following reasons:

1. Fuel savings: It has been reported that for every 10% of under-inflation on each tire on a vehicle, a 1% reduction in fuel economy will occur. In the United States alone, the Department of Transportation estimates that under inflated tires waste 2 billion US gallons (7,600,000 m3) of fuel each year.

2. Extended tire life: Under inflated tires are the #1 cause of tire failure and contribute to tire disintegration, heat buildup, ply separation and sidewall/casing breakdowns. A difference of 10 lbs. in pressure on a set of truck duals literally drags the lower pressured tire 13 feet per mile resulting in reduced tread life. Under inflation can significantly reduce the number of casings that can re-treaded. Over inflation  wears excessively in the center of the tread

3. Safety: Under-inflated tires lead to tread separation and tire failure, resulting in 40,000 accidents, 33,000 injuries and over 650 deaths per year. Properly inflated add greater stability, handling and braking efficiencies. Not all tire failures are caused by under-inflation. Structural damages caused, for example, by hitting sharp curbs or potholes, can also lead to sudden tire failures, even a certain time after the damaging incident.

4 .Environmental Efficiency: Under-inflated tires, as estimated by the Department of Transportation, release over 57.5 billion pounds of unnecessary carbon-monoxide pollutants into the atmosphere each year in the United States alone.

Cold temperatures affect the air pressure in your tires. There is a loss of one pound for each ten degrees of temperature drop.

Check pressure when tires are cold having been sitting for a few hours. Low profile tires do not necessary look underinflated so check your tire regularly.

Under normal loads, you should inflate tires according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations, NOT the maximum pressure listed on the sidewall.