This OTR tire manufacturer wants to ask you what some of the most dangerous things to do on a construction site were, would changing a tire make the list? Well, it’s true. Most construction equipment runs on OTR tires. These tires are so massive that you could be seriously injured if one fell on you. Plus, when they are under pressure and suffer a catastrophic blowout, it can have the same effect as an explosion.
If it becomes necessary to change an OTR tire there are a few things that you should keep in mind:
Never loosen the lugs on a tire that is still under pressure. It could explode if damaged. Deflate the tire that you will be removing as well as the tire next to it if it’s a dual assembly. To speed up the deflation of the tire, workers often remove the valve stem entirely. If you do so, wear eye protection and once you have pulled the valve stem stand away from the tire just in case. When the tire is flat you can begin removal. Always use a dolly or jack to move the components around. The parts are heavy enough to crush any appendage that gets caught underneath them. When you use a demounting tool, make sure that you apply force away from your body. They are under enormous pressure and can easily injure you if they slip. Once you have separated the rim from the tire, inspect everything. You need to make sure that all of the parts are in good working order and do not show signs of wear. Clean the rim to remove any rust or grit before installing the replacement parts.
Only under emergency conditions do we recommend that you change an OTR tire yourself. Call a highly qualified OTR tire supplier who provides onsite maintenance for avoid any accident or injury.
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