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Earth Day: Inside Look at Tire Retreads

Truck tire retreads are not just part of the story at Shrader Tire & Oil, they deliver huge savings to fleet managers and owner/operators and have a massive impact on the environment.

Today, April 22, is Earth Day, but in the truck tire retread industry, we do not wait for a special day to think about the impact we are having on the environment. Every day, in every way, our retread plants are having an impact on our surroundings.

For example, retreading conserves oil. The synthetic rubber components in a new medium truck tire require approximately 22 gallons of oil, but it takes only seven gallons to retread the same tire.

It is also estimated that nearly 300 million tires from cars and trucks are thrown away by Americans each year, but the use of retreads saves hundreds of millions of gallons of oil, and millions of tires continue a useful life rather than being consigned to a tire pile or landfill.

Retreading truck tires in the U.S. reduces carbon emissions by 396,000 tons, or 70 percent annually. Finally, nearly 40 pounds of raw material including rubber, steel and carbon black is saved for every retreaded tire manufactured.

Shrader Tire & Oil is the premier tire and lubricant distributor in the Midwest. With locations in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, Shrader has 15 truck tire and fleet service centers, two state-of-the-art Michelin retread plants and a bulk lubricant operation and a 24-hour emergency road service network.

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By Doug Donnelly, April 22, 2021

It’s a Birthday Celebration at STO –
73 years and Counting!

APRIL 19, 2021 – In the spring of 1948, Jim and Bernie Shrader founded Shrader Tire & Oil in Toledo, Ohio.

A true family business, Jim and Bernie’s children Jim Jr., Gerri, and Patti filled roles in the company after school. In the evenings, Jim Sr. would instill the importance of values like honesty, integrity and commitment as the family sat around the dinner table.

The business has progressed over the years. Now with 15 truck tire and fleet service centers, two state-of-the-art Michelin retread plants, and bulk lubricant operations larger than ever, Shrader Tire & Oil has become the premier tire and lubricant distributor in the Midwest.

Happy Birthday STO!

The ISOCLEAN System is Right for You!

How important is the cleanliness of oil when it comes to your equipment?

Considering that 82 percent of mechanical wear is caused by particle contamination, it means everything. The two leading types of contamination in oil are particulates and water. Dirt and contaminants are the leading cause of hydraulic system failures.

Often, these contaminates are microscopic – they cannot be seen with the naked eye. Still, they can be quite harmful, causing abrasive wear, erosion, and fatigue of equipment. As little as one teaspoon of dirt in 55 gallons of oil equates to about a billion particles 4 microns and larger.

To maximize productivity and component life, equipment manufacturers machine component parts to precision levels. Oil needs a cleanliness level to protect the tightest machine clearance on your equipment.

Using clean oil that meets your equipment manufacturer’s requirements has multiple benefits to the component with the No. 1 benefit being an increased component life.

The best way to reduce contaminate-caused wear is to start clean, monitor lubricants and stay clean.

At Shrader Tire & Oil, we believe in starting clean. There is no need to worry about the hassle, expense, and risk of pre-filtering new oil. Trust Chevron ISOCLEAN Certified Lubricants.

Our ISOCLEAN program uses different testing methods to ensure the cleanliness level is where it needs to be at delivery. Once you have ISOCLEAN Certified Lubricants in your system, the next step is to ensure your equipment is protected while in production. To do that, utilize the Chevron LubeWatch program.

Finally, STO encourages staying clean with effective lubricant management.

Contact your Shrader Tire & Oil representative today and ask about the Chevron ISOCLEAN Certified Lubricants and keep your machines humming at maximum potential!

What Causes Truck Tire Misalignment?

Wondering what causes your truck tires to misalign?

Tire misalignment can be caused by anything from:

  • Road conditions — Since trucks often drive through rugged terrain, rough road conditions can make the wheels especially susceptible to misalignments
     
  • Potholes and bumps — Events like hitting potholes and bumps in the road can immediately knock your truck out of alignment.
     
  • General wear and tear — Every time you drive your truck, you are subjecting it to massive amounts of torque and friction, which results in slow and gradual degradation of its components. Over time, pressure on shocks, springs, and tires, can cause them to slowly slip out of alignment.

​No matter the cause, when your truck starts pulling to either side or you feel a vibration in your steering wheel, Shrader Tire & Oil can set your truck back on track.

We provide alignments in seven convenient locations, including: Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Newark, OH; Toledo, OH; Detroit, MI; Warren, MI, and South Bend, IN.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment! Call (800) 589-6589 today!

The Benefits of Computerized Laser Alignments

Is your truck out of alignment?

Our trained technicians can get you on the straight and narrow with our state-of-the-art, computerized, laser alignment service, which is more accurate than manual or infrared sensors.

What can I expect with a computerized laser alignment?

Our advanced computerized wheel alignment system adjusts the angles of your wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. A good wheel adjustment will maximize tire life and make your trip safer by having your truck track true and straight.

What are the benefits of computerized laser alignments?

The major benefit of our laser technology is the ability to achieve the most accurate wheel alignment measurements possible. With laser measurement to 1/1000 of an inch, the system will produce the results you demand.

With Shrader Tire & Oils wheel alignment service, you can trust that you’ll save money on tires and fuel with the most accurate laser alignment available.

We provide alignments in seven convenient locations, including: Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Newark, OH; Toledo, OH; Detroit, MI; Warren, MI, and South Bend, IN.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

Contact us today to schedule your appointment! Call (800) 589-6589 today!

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