Maybe you have seen these trucks on the road. Maybe you have been driving behind one for some time and noticed the four wheels under the back of the truck. A twin set of wheels are added to heavy-duty trucks to enable them to pull and haul heavier loads. Unfortunately, it means that these trucks have a greater and more frequent need for heavy truck repair services. Take a look at the following to see what you may experience when you purchase and use one of these six-tired trucks for work purposes.
Quickly Blown Tires
It is rough enough when one tire blows. Imagine the kind of brutal explosion that occurs when you blow one outside tire and the tire right next to it on the inside blows too because of the force with which the outside tire blows. The truck immediately begins to drag toward the side that is missing two tires, which can really make a mess of the axle if you are hauling a heavy load in the back. Stopping as soon as is safely possible may not be enough to save the axle on your truck. You may not need just new tires, but also an axle, and for that, you need an auto service that can do this kind of work.
Outside Tires Blown, Inside Tires Fine
If your truck only blows the two outside tires on the back of the vehicle, the two inside tires can keep the truck moving. However, you will need to stop and remove the two outside flats so that they do not ruin the wheels and hubs. Then make sure you get to a shop to have the outside tires replaced as soon as possible.
Front Tires Wrecked by Force of Rear Tires
When you have the driving force of four tires on the back of your truck, a blown tire on the front of your truck is going to make it incredibly difficult to stop. The back tires add additional forward driving motion, and with one of the front tires blown, the truck is going to skid and slide to a very rough stop. Part of the body of your truck, along with the front wheel, hub, and axel, plus the fender, could be badly damaged in this kind of blowout. You will need a flatbed tow truck to the shop, for sure, and then it will need a lot more repair than just a rear tire blowing.