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Tyre Re-Treading: Is It Really What You Should Be Doing?

Updated on September 16, 2019

Re-treading is a re-manufacturing process in which worn off tread of a tyre is recreated to regain the structural integrity of the tyre. This process is both cost and material savvy in when contrasted with a new tyre. However, as they say, nothing is perfect; re-treading also has its cons.

Detailed analysis of the process of re-treading

To further elaborate, re-treading is a procedure through which we can utilize our old tyres. In this process of re-treading, a worn off tyre that has a decent basic quality is taken off and put through a procedure in which it gets a totally restored sidewall and tread.

To make things easier for you here is a detailed analysis of some of the common steps involved in re-treading:

Initial Inspection of tyre for damages

The initial segment of the re-treading procedure is to examine the tyre to see whether it meets with the standards or not. Initial Inspection comprises of a visual inspection and shearography test –this test distinguishes any intrinsic partitions inside the casing of the tyre which are difficult to identify with the naked eye.


In this process, the tread and sidewall rubber is buffed off from the tyre casing using computerized brushes and rasps. The tyre is buffed until the precise profile for re-treading is accomplished.

The waste rubber during the Buffing procedure is sucked in utilizing powerful fans and gathered in enormous containers in order to reuse it later.


The buffed tyre experiences a further visual inspection. Any obvious cuts or damages are fixed with hand until the surface is levelled and the damage is no longer visible.

Now its time for computerized inspection of the inner liner with the means of high voltage, this inspection is intended to find any minute holes inside the inner liner of the tyre.

After all the damages have been identified the tyre is sprayed with latex adhesive and then the damaged spots are filled with a special compound.


During the Building procedure, new tread material is sewed to the casing of the tyre by the means of computerized equipment to ensure flawlessness in the process.


Now the built tyre is cured by placing it into curing press. Curing press heats up the tyre at 155° Celcius for 95 minutes. During the curing process, the tyre is inflated to a maximum of 300 psi.

The whole point of the curing process is to ensure that the tyre is perfectly vulcanized.

Final Inspection

This procedure includes three further intensive assessments. The first assessment is a visual examination of the tyre. The second inspection is an inflation test, where the tyre is quickly inflated to 150psi. As a last check, the tyre goes through shearography test which identifies minor detachments or porosity.

Throughout the years, a great deal of advancement has occurred in the tyre fabricating industry over the world. Elevated expectation tyres are being produced utilizing premium innovations, with the goal that they could perform perfectly in their 'first life', yet in addition in their second and even in some cases third life. Thus, alongside that, the re-treaded tyre industry is additionally developing, as more grounded tyre housings, improved re-fabricating procedures and superb elastic mixes are being utilized.

When should you re-tread your tyre?

Following are the signs that prompt the need for re-treading your tyre:

1. Tread depth is depleted to the mark of 2-3mm depth

2. Your tyre has uneven tread wear. However, make sure that suspension framework isn’t the problem if it turns out to be a problem fix it priorly to installing your re-treaded tyre

3. your tyre has no more room for regrooving

On the other hand, there are key restrictions in terms of re-treading your tyre, if your tyre has sidewall damage or a major puncture than its quite possible that your tyre is no longer fit for re-treading. However, in any case, you should always consult a professional from reliable tyre stores such as Pitstoparabia in order to get the most appropriate and honest guidance.

Is re-treading worth it?

At the point when a tyre loses its tread somewhat, there is no compelling reason to toss it out if you can re-tread it. Re-treading can offer you the characteristics that closely resemble the ones you will experience in a new tyre.

Re-treading is a procedure to give the tyre another life by supplanting the exhausted tread with the new one while having the same tyre casing. A tyre that is in great condition must be re-treaded. Re-treading of the tyre can expand tyre life and can be an economically great substitution for a new tyre.

In past, the Re-treading quality of the tyres was not so great. However, presently there is no compelling reason to stress over the quality, the old tyres are re-treaded all around ok to nearly simulate the new tyre's performance.

Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of re-treating your tyres:


The assembling cost for a re-treaded tyre is far less contrasted with buying a new tyre. Purchasing everything new with the idea that it would work out great is not always realistic.

Re-treading is not only a financial choice but also a one that makes this earth greener –details are coming up.


The amount of oil that is used in manufacturing a new tyre is 22 gallons, which can be reduced to 7 gallons if you re-tread your tyre rather than buying a new one. Tyres are totally unsafe to earth and tyre re-treading prevents it by lessening the dumping of the millions tyre in the earth.

It is smarter to reinvest in a fraction of crude material (new tread) to make your old tyre like a new one. It will also help in sparing some waste products. Re-treading can immensely reduce:

• Discharging of ozone harming substances

• dumping of the tyres

• Use crude materials


Majority of the people believe that re-treaded tyre is not safe. however, that is not a case, a re-treaded tyre is totally safe since a tyre is re-treaded after a detailed examination as discussed above which diminishes the odds of failure to none.

The tyre examination is performed not exclusively to know the number of years you have been utilizing the tyre for, but also, the state of the tyre. Ultimately, It relies upon how well the tyre is maintained and in which circumstance and what territory the tyre is being utilized.


Re-treading can add additional mileage to your tyre life. The tyre can be re-treaded twice, thrice or a few times relying upon the quality and state of the tyre casing and the sidewall.

To what extent the tyre will keep going relies entirely upon its maintenance and other connected variables such as terrain and driving style rather than the re-treaded tread itself.

Re-treading is not for passenger vehicle

While retreads might be appropriate for the commercial vehicles due to cost, however, re-treading is not suitable for passenger vehicles essentially due to various reason. The main reason is that the tyres for passenger vehicles are already inexpensive so there is just no reason for compromising the safety of your family for a couple of dollars.

No insurance

The main concern with re-treading is insurance. In case you get into a road accident due to re-treaded tyre then it is highly likely that you will not be covered by the insurance.


There is a misconception about re-treaded tyres that they are the second rate in quality, don't perform like the new tyres, not entirely solid or durable, however, for the most part, this is not the reality. Both the standards of re-treaded and new tyres are the same, which makes re-treaded tyres totally safe.

Ecologically positive ramification can also be prompted when utilizing re-treaded tyres. However, the re-treaded tyre does also harm the earth be that as it may in the slightest way but they still do, hopefully, modern innovations one day will entirely diminish the harmful aspects of the tyres. In fact, Goodyear claims to manufacture a moss-covered tyre in the future that will clean the air.

© 2019 Stacy Silverstone


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