Firestone’s 7-step tire checklist for planting season

· February 20, 2019

When Mother Nature only gives you a few days to get your fields planted, you need to keep your equipment moving. Downtime is expensive; delayed planting can cost hundreds of dollars an hour. To help prevent downtime and get the most out of your Firestone tires, check them regularly using these 7 simple steps:

  1. Check tire pressure with a calibrated gauge and set the inflation pressure using the inflation calculator as a guide.
  2. Check tire sidewalls for cracks, cuts, and other damage.
  3. Check tire treads and consider replacing if there is less than 20 percent left.
  4. Check tire tread areas for stubble damage and exposed cords and replace tires with obvious damage.
  5. Check ground contact area to make sure there is no gap between the lugs and the ground.
  6. Check valve stems for cracks, corrosion, and debris. Make sure valve caps are clean and intact.
  7. Check all nuts and bolts to ensure they are tightened properly.

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