Rim flange wear is caused from abrasive material, gathered from the road, rubbing between the flange of the wheel and tyre. It occurs most often in applications with heavy or shifting loads. It can also be caused by when the tyre is underinflated and/or overloaded.
The flange of the wheel is the critical design element that helps to keep the tyre airtight against the wheel and prevents the tyre from falling off. It’s crucial to maintain this surface during regular tyre changes for maximum safety and reduce costs.
Without proper maintenance, flange wear can cause premature wear of tyres. And it goes without saying that, maintenance is a critical component to ensuring reliability and safety of your fleet, drivers and others on the road. Wheel maintenance is a significant contributor to the overall efficiency, lifetime operating costs and appearance of commercial vehicle wheels.
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