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Retreads do not fail.

Updated on August 29, 2011

This is my first hub. Here goes, thought i would share my knowledge off tyres. In this day and age of Eco concern the human race is still throwing out tyre casings into landfills. In my country New Zealand, it is no longer permitted to dump complete tyres at landfills. This is because tyres do not fill with dirt properly and have huge air traps. Most landfills have buildings on the surface after the landfill is- "Fill". It is very common to be house estates.The land is after time unstable , due to the tyres trying to push their way to the surface, because of the air-traps. Also tyres that are stored , or dumped , or piled outside , trap water from rain and that becomes a breeding ground for mossies.. Waste tyres are horrible things. And all tyres above ground that are outside have mossies. There are countless millions of tyres lying in tyre dumps , or piles.They will take 10s off hundreds of years to rot. It is believed that not one reasonably constructed truck tyre will have ever rotted naturally away in the history of the world yet .We must retread tyres. One big problem is the mis-understood pieces of truck tyre treads that you see on the sides of highways and motorways. As you grew up an adult will have pointed out a piece and said "another failed recap ". Bloody retreads are a waste of money and time. Well the truth is not even in the same ball park.Here are the facts .Most truck company's have a fleet service tyre company to look after their tyres. These are the guys with the service Utes that you see on the side of the motorway changing flat and destroyed truck tyres. You see trucks can get a puncture on an inside duel tyre that is 5 sets off wheels back from the driver on the opposite side to the driver. He will not know he has a puncture until he sees pieces of tyre flying through the air in his rear view mirror.Tyre company's and gov transport departments travel highways and motorways in all parts off the world . They pick up pieces off tyres and take them back to labs. The findings are as follows and have been the same for the past 30 years. The tyres that fail on the road are both new and retread. It is about a 50/50 mix. All the tyres have failed due to the casing overheating due to a lack off air pressure. This was either due to a puncture, or from overload and lack off correct pressure. The tyre cord body overheats and comes apart, and it takes huge parts off the tead with it. Next time you see a piece of so called tread , look and you will always see cords and steel wire this is because the case failed and took the tread with it.If the tread just fall off the tyre case would still be on the truck and would just be a bald casing with buffing marks, where the tread had been. I have had a lot to do with tyres and the poor old retread gets a lot of bad publicity mostly from people that are full of knowledge about tyres, but in reality have no real technical training or experience. The proof of this is in fact the people that quote the retread failures they see on the side off the road. As soon as someone comments on failed tread rubber on the road you know for certain that they are not experienced or are just ill informed and have never spent the time to find out the facts. One off the best and well known company's in the world spend 100s of millions of dollars a year on retreading. Bridgestone is their name . Bridgestone / Bandag have just spent untold millions upgrading truck tyre retread plants all over the globe. When company's like Bridgestone , Michilen, Continental, Yokohama,Perilli , Dunlop, Goodyear ,etc etc design their truck and bus tyres they are designed with retreading in mind. In fact they are expected to be retreaded up to 3 times after their org tread has been worn off. This is also another way of confirming that it is the case that has failed on the road. When a tread is worn down on a truck tyre you will not see any cords.This is due to the fact that the tyre has an area betwen the tread and cord body called the under tread. This under tread is their for a few reasons.This under-tread means that there is a layer of rubber that is between the last layer of cords and the bottom of the tread. You must be aware that tyres are made off different parts and are still hand assembled, even in today's age. We assemble the tyres by hand with a lot off different parts, then the built [green] tyre is put into a mold and cured. Anyway when the tyre is worn out the retread factory will buff the case true on a lathe type buff and then apply the new tread. After buffing there will be no cords visible as the under-tread is thick enough to still cover the cords after buffing. So in the very rare case that a retread does "fail and loose" its tread, you are left with a tyre casing that is normally still inflated and has lost huge bits off tread and you can see the buffing marks under the missing tread . By the way of course the odd re-tread will fail , as does the odd new tyre. As we know new tyres come with a warranty ,as do retreads. New tyres hardly ever need an adjustment claim. {that's the name for a warranty claim on a new tyre.] The claim rate is lower than 1 per cent in most well known and trusted new tyres. And guess what?. With the well known retreaders like Bridgestone/Bandag {joint venture] , the claim rate on retreads is half that off new tyres .And that is a fact that the people that make new tyres will and can show. So next time a tyre expert tells you recaps fall off , look him in the eye and tell him to read my hub. Help save the planet not pollute it with old tyre casings . Please retread at every opportunity. Thanks for your time. Regards Grant . Reville . New Zealand.


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      Harvey Brodsky 

      7 years ago

      I totally agree with Grant. He certainly has his facts right, because as he mentioned, retreads are NOT the cause of tyre debris on our highways. Imp[roper tyre maintenance, such as underinflation. overloading, overinflation, improper tyre repairs, etc. are the cause of tyres failing, and when they do fail and come apart we see tyre debris all over our highways, and it doesn't matter whether the tyre is a new one or a retread. To blame retreads for tyre debris on our highways is the same as blaming a vehicle for an accident caused by a drunk driver. The blame is simply misplaced. For more specific information about the true causes of tyre debris on our highways, please send an email to and include your complete mailing address,including country.

      Harvey Brodsky

      Managing Director

      Retread Tire Association


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