Properly maintaining and cleaning truck wheels is one of the most important things a trucker or fleet manager can do to prevent hazardous flats and blowouts, improve fuel economy, and increase the lifespan of the wheels and other truck systems. Check out these eight maintenance tips for truck wheels to keep your operations rolling smoothly.
1. Clean the Truck Wheels and Tires Routinely
Clean and shiny truck wheels aren’t just for looks – they also improve the truck’s safety and performance. Thoroughly rinse and wash the wheels and tires to remove dirt, grease, grime, and brake dust. While you’re cleaning, also check the condition of the truck wheels to see if they’re in good shape.
2. Remove Oxidization and Restore Truck Wheel Shine
Oxidization on truck wheels should be removed to restore shine and improve wheel safety. A method for removing heavy oxidization and restoring the shine on truck wheels is to run them through an automated wheel polishing machine like the VIS-Polish.
3. Use a Machine to Polish and Buff Truck Wheels Between Regular Services
A polishing machine is more effective and efficient at polishing and buffing truck wheels than doing it by hand. Polishing and buffing wheels between full wheel services will ensure your wheels maintain their shine. For example, the VIS-Polish is a portable on-wheel polishing machine that polishes and buffs a wheel in just 10-15 minutes so.
4. Pay Attention to the Bead Area
Cleaning and maintaining the bead area of your wheels will ensure a good seal on your tires and minimize air leaks. Damage to the bead area can cause premature tire wear or failures, so inspecting and servicing this area routinely will help extend the life of your wheels. The VIS-Polish offers a bead cycle feature that can service this area during your routine aluminum wheel maintenance service.
5. Take Care of Your Tools
Not only should you maintain your truck wheels, but also the tools you use to clean, polish, and buff them. Regularly inspect your tools and order replacement parts and supplies when necessary to keep your tools in working order.
6. Inspect Truck Wheels Before Trips
Before every trip, inspect the truck wheels and other systems to ensure that they’re ready for the road. A pre-trip routine will help you detect and address issues before heading out on the road. An effective inspection should include: checking the tire pressure, examining tread wear, and inspecting rims for cracks and damage.
The Right Equipment to Maintain Truck Wheels
The equipment you use to clean and maintain truck wheels should always be reliable and effective. VIS has been in the transportation industry for over 20 years and offers a wide range of cleaning and safety products for heavy-duty trucks such as the VIS-Polish, VIS-Check, BrakeMate™ Brake Maintenance System, and more to ensure truck wheels look and perform at their best. Contact us today to see how VIS can improve your fleet’s operations!
Heavy-duty trucks and buses require regular wheel polishing to ensure wheel-end safety and a professional appearance, which is why choosing the right wheel polishing company is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your trucks’ wheels. Furthermore, partnering with a reputable company that manufactures quality wheel polishing equipment or provides comprehensive wheel maintenance services can improve your wheel polishing efficiency and lower operating costs. Here are five considerations to keep in mind when choosing a wheel polishing company for your fleet, service shop, or transit facility.
An essential factor when choosing a wheel polishing company is how much experience it has. If the company has been in operation for less than a year, then it will still be working out the kinks with manufacturing, operations, etc. Additionally, a younger company may not know how to handle any wheel polishing issues that may arise which is why you should select an experienced company as it’s more likely to have “seen it all.”
2. Rigorous Standards
The wheel polishing company or system you select should have rigorous standards in place for its products, training, safety protocols, and customer service. If purchasing wheel polishing equipment, the manufacturer should emphasize adherence to quality and safety standards to ensure your system will perform correctly and efficiently. If looking for a wheel polishing services provider, look for a company that has a culture of providing exceptional services and value as well as one that owns quality wheel polishing equipment.
3. Industry Associations
Similar to the previous point, look for a wheel polishing company that is a member of an industry association. Being in an industry association shows that the company is staying on top of important, ever-changing issues, trends, and legislation that are impacting the industry. For example, VIS is an active member of associations such as – the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), and ATA Tech and Maintenance Council – because we’re committed to safety, advocacy, and education for the transportation industry.
Whichever wheel polishing company you choose, make sure it has a great reputation. You can find reputable wheel polishing companies by getting referrals from other shop or facility owners, searching online for reviews and testimonials, checking the Better Business Bureau, and researching what wheel maintenance equipment they use. While knowledge and experience are important, they won’t count for much if the company doesn’t have a reputation for manufacturing quality products, providing exceptional services, or satisfying customers. After all, if the company’s products and services are unreliable, then your vehicles’ and drivers’ safety are put at risk.
5. More Than Polishing
When it comes to providing wheel polishing service, a company should be offering more than just polishing. Your wheel polishing company should be inspecting for fine cracks, elongated bolt holes, metal corrosion, bent rim edges, and OOS violations. Any valuable wheel polishing service should include proper and thorough inspections to ensure wheels don’t just look great but are safe on the road.
Wheel Polishing Equipment You Can Trust
Before you choose a wheel polishing company, keep these five considerations in mind to make the process easier and protect your truck and bus wheels from subpar products and services. Your vehicles’ safety and wheels are too important to leave to chance. At VIS, we’ve been in the transportation industry for over 20 years and manufacture automated polishing equipment like the VIS-Polish and VIS-Shine to make aluminum wheels shine like new and perform optimally. Contact us today for more information about our wheel polishing equipment and on-site training services!
Polished aluminum truck wheels not only look great, but they’re also an essential component of a wheel maintenance routine. Aluminum wheels will dull over time due to road dirt and other contaminants which means they need to be polished frequently to keep them shiny. With these five tips, your aluminum truck wheels will glisten brightly and be better protected from corrosion and brake dust buildup.
1. Prep or wash the wheels.
Cleaning aluminum truck wheels prior to polishing will remove superficial dirt to check the condition of the wheels. Using an aluminum wheel cleaner, rinsing with a hose, or pressure washing loosens dirt, grease, grime, and brake dust on the wheels. However, avoid using strong detergents as well as alkaline or acidic cleaners since they can damage the aluminum’s surface and leave dull areas. Make sure the wheel is at ambient temperature before applying cleaning chemicals.
Try cleaning inside the hand holes and around the stud holes for even better results. Use a soft-bristle brush (not a wire brush) while applying water to scrub the surface, hand holes, and stud holes. Then rinse the wheels off before moving to a sanding or polishing process. A thorough pre and/or pre-wash is crucial for successfully polishing aluminum truck wheels.
2. Remove oxidization.
If you discover oxidation, which happens when bare aluminum wheels are exposed to oxygen and water, then it will need to be removed from the truck wheels before polishing. One way to remove heavy oxidization is to run the aluminum truck wheels through the VIS-Polish, an automated wheel polishing machine The VIS-Polish system’s automated sanding cycles remove heavy oxidization quickly and easily to restore the wheel’s shine.
3. Use a machine to polish and buff.
Reduce time and labor spent polishing and buffing aluminum truck wheels by using a machine to do most of the hard work. Machine polished wheels can be done in a fraction of the time it takes to do it by hand. Also, polishing by hand presents many health hazards due to exposure to aluminum dust, continuous vibration, and exposure to moving parts. A machine can reduce or even eliminate these health hazards.
4. Dry the wheels.
Water spots are a quick way to ruin a perfectly polished shine so make sure to gently dry the aluminum truck wheels and wipe away any brake dust. Avoid cross-contamination by using a separate microfiber towel that is designated only for drying and wash it separately from other towels.
5. Maintain and inspect aluminum wheels between service times.
Once wheels have been sanded and polished, keeping them clean and shiny will allow for easier checks on the wheel condition. A portable on-wheel polishing machine like the VIS-Shine is a maintenance and upkeep tool that helps keep the shine of your polished wheels between maintenance service times. It is able to clean, polish, and buff a wheel in 10-15 minutes which is much less time than doing it by hand and allows for quicker, more thorough inspections.
For All Your Wheel Polishing Needs
VIS offers polishing equipment and cleaners to transform aluminum truck wheels and extend their life. We manufacture and distribute a wide range of products for the trucking and transportation industry such as the VIS-Polish: Automated Aluminum Wheel Polishing, VIS-Check: Undercarriage Diagnostic System, Squirrel: Wheel Safety Device, VIS-Shine: On-Truck Wheel Polishing, and BrakeMate™ brake maintenance system. Please visit our online store to browse VIS products or contact us for more information about a product or service.
Royal Truck & Trailer started in 1970 as a small, family-owned facility in Dearborn, Michigan. After 50 years and 3 generations of family ownership, they have grown into one of the largest new and used semi-trailer suppliers in the Midwest and now operate at an impressive 10 acre facility.
Ken Bumgardner started his journey in the truck and trailer business as a young boy doing tasks around the Royal Truck & Trailer shop. From sweeping floors to cleaning bathrooms, Ken used this time to learn more about the family business and the trucking industry. Now with over 20 years’ experience, Ken is now President and part owner of Royal Truck & Trailer. “Royal was started by my grandfather, Roy Bumgardner in 1970 as a two bay service facility in Dearborn, Michigan. Since then, we have become a leader in the industry for service, parts, trailers and truck bodies,” Ken told VIS. “[Now] we have three additional locations in Michigan: Wixom, Warren, and Gaylord.”
But that growth doesn’t come without challenges. Ken commented that sometimes the biggest challenge is finding employees who share Royal’s vision for the future. “Our team members are the best people in the business. Everyone really cares about making Royal Truck & Trailer a better place.” That “vision” is what leads Ken and his team to constantly look for new business opportunities.
Royal Truck & Trailer Invests in VIS-Polish
“Back in 2009, my father Carl Bumgardner and sister Julie Igielski (both owners and management of Royal), went down to the Mid-America Trucking Show where the machine was on display. Carl thought the VIS-Polish would offer a great new service to our customers, and was he right!” The investment was so worthwhile that Royal purchased an additional VIS-Polish unit a few years later. “The VIS-Polish machine has brought additional business in the way of tire retailers who utilize our services for their customers,” Ken said. “In addition, it allows us to offer another service to our customers and helps us to diversify our products and services. It gives them more options for what we can offer them.”
Ken explains how diversification is one of the keys to Royal Truck & Trailer’s continued success. “We offer a wide range of services for our customers. Just like you can visit a large superstore and get everything you need from groceries to car accessories, we want to be a one stop shop for all of our customers’ needs. We offer convenience mixed with expert knowledge.”
Thanks to that commitment to service, the future looks bright for this family business. Royal Truck & Trailer was recently named a finalist for Truck Parts & Service Magazine’s Distributer of the Year. Ken told VIS, “My hope for Royal Truck & Trailer is that we continue to expand. Our goal is to be one of the largest trailer and body dealers around. Not just geographically, but also in what we offer our customers. The VIS-Polish is just one more option we can offer!”
Royal Truck & Trailer is based out of Dearborn, MI with other locations throughout Michigan in Gaylord, Warren, and Wixom. To learn more about their offerings visit royaltrailersales.com. To learn more about the VIS-Polish and other products in the VIS family visit vischeck.net or call 800-837-5145.
A wheel polishing service is crucial to keeping truck wheels clean and free from the abrasive effects of brake dust and other substances that cause pitting and overall wear. Wheel and rim polishing not only enhances the good looks of a truck, but also helps prevent long-term damage by removing layers of abrasive materials and ensuring regular inspections.
Automated Wheel Polishing Services
Automated wheel polishing services has become a standard way of getting truck wheels polished. The VIS-Polish system stands out as the leading machine by not just offering polishing but by giving a complete refurbishment to help identify cracks and faults in a truck wheel. Catching these problems early is key to maintaining the health of the truck wheels. Routine polishing and inspection helps improve the overall productivity of a truck’s wheels and ensures the safety of the truck, preventing road accidents and air leaks long before they can otherwise be detected.
Enhanced Image and Increased Safety
Scratched or pitted wheels can be polished at a fraction of the cost that it takes to replace the wheels, and in a matter of minutes. Machine polished wheels are less likely to be stopped for inspections and give out an air of professionalism which is ultimately good for the truck owner’s reputation.
Heavily oxidized aluminum wheels can now get a new lease of life and shine with systems like VIS-Polish. Truck owners who are accustomed to using a wheel polishing service to keep their wheels up to scratch will agree that in the long run, wheel polishing cuts down on a huge amount of maintenance budget.
Boosted resale values, incredible good looks and a truck that is certified safe – what more could a truck fleet owner want?
Truck wheel maintenance can be a challenge, requiring constant supervision. With the revolutionary VIS-Shine and VIS-Polish systems, it is now easier than ever to have polished aluminum wheels for trucks.
Easy Wheel Polishing
The only machine of its kind in all of America, the VIS-Shine is an on-truck wheel polishing system that gives you polished aluminum wheels in a matter of mere minutes. Capable of polishing 19.5”, 22.5” and 24.5” sized wheels, this system can be easily carried around in a truck and used to clean, buff and polish the aluminum truck wheels to a mirror-like shine. Regular maintenance and upkeep are extremely important for ensuring the longevity of truck wheels.
Sometimes, truck wheels can be so heavily oxidized that a simple cleaning and buffing will not do. The VIS-Polish machine is a highly sophisticated and fully-automated machine that not only polishes, but fully refurbishes and restores aluminum truck wheels, identifying cracks and faults before they get a chance to develop further. This makes the VIS-Polish a good investment for businesses and fleets looking for polished aluminum wheels.
The Advantages of Polished Aluminum Wheels
There are several reasons why a truck fleet owner should pay careful attention to the condition of his truck’s wheels. For one, a set of well-maintained and polished aluminum wheels prevents long-term damage to the wheels, and reduces the risk of road accidents. A good set of wheels also increases the resale value of the truck. Most importantly, maintaining the set of wheels on the truck results in huge savings in terms of maintenance budgets.
There is something immensely rewarding about a set of gleaming, mirror-like aluminum wheels and with systems like VIS-Shine and VIS-Polish, every truck owner can now take pride in his fleet of trucks and their polished aluminum wheels.
Aluminum is a soft metal that responds quite well to polishing and has potential to shine like a chrome. Aluminum wheels have a tendency to oxidize with a high risk of damage from road debris and brake dust. Such brutal treatment makes the wheel susceptible to easy wear and tear. To prevent the wheel from getting oxidized, it is very important to get the aluminum wheel cleaned and polished. Polished aluminum wheels help in extending the lifespan of the wheel thereby increasing the efficiency and performance of the vehicle. Refurbishing helps in maintaining the shine of the wheels ensuring better efficiency.
Polished Wheels are Safer Wheels
Polished wheels help with the early identification of cracks and weaknesses in the wheel.
Well maintained wheels have a lower risk of on-road incidents and accidents.
Removing rust and oxidization stops further deterioration of the wheel.
Clean wheels ensure a more secure seal and fit of tires which reduces tire problems/incidents.
Polishing wheels removes sharp edges that can damage tires or cause injuries to the driver/service technician.
Polished and cleaned wheels allow for more accurate measuring of wear around the surface and edges which can help identify issues sooner and have worn wheels removed from service before they cause an incident.
Polishing increases the sheen of the rim of the tire. The automated VIS-Polish machine restores the mirror-like finish of the wheel and enhances the image of the rig while also increasing the safety of the wheel. The VIS-Polish quickly refurbish wheels by polishing and buffing them to bring shine to the wheel. Cleaning and refurbishing wheels regularly will help retain their original shine and luster as well as help with routine inspections.
Let us take a look at the benefits of polishing service:
Shiny chrome rims
A Wheel polishing service machine like VIS-Polish keeps the rims of the wheel clean and shiny with sanding, buffing and polishing. Polishing enhances and accentuates the design of the wheel to bring a mirror-like finish to the rim. Shiny rims are not only attractive but create a better image in the mind of customers. Buffing out any metal helps in smoothing out the irregular surface. As a result, it is advised to buff the dull and lifeless rims to breathe a new life into the truck or fleet.
A tire is the soul of a fleet. It is the duty of the owner to maintain and keep it damage free. Any crack in the wheel can compromise with the safety of the driver and others on the road. Using an automated wheel polishing machine like VIS-Polish can reveal any urgent problems by exposing hidden damage to the wheel. It removes dust and dirt and gives old rims a new life with better detail and precision.
The wheel polishing service also increases the life of the wheel by removing debris and corrosive material that gets stuck to the rim. Removing these eroding materials, will extend the use out of your wheels which means cost savings for you. This will also limit vehicle down times resulting in further savings.
Owning a truck is never a stroll in the park. There is a lot that goes into maintaining them in good condition. There are a number of reasons why you should maintain your fleet in good condition. It may seem like a tedious task, but it is absolutely worth it. There are a number of benefits that come out of being actively engaged in keeping your fleet in good condition. They function in a much better way and have a much longer life when compared to trucks that are neglected. Apart from this, this practice also helps you get a much better price when you want to sell your trucks at a later stage.
How to Enhance Appeal
Buyers look for appeal when they want to buy something. And the same applies to your fleet of trucks as well. If what you are offering is not appealing to a customer, he may not pay you a good price or your truck may not even get sold for a long time. A commercial brake tester can help you test whether the stopping potential of your truck is good or not. This will help the buyer understand that your fleet has been tested using high-quality equipment and that it is safe to buy from you.
Safety is Important
Safety is of prime importance for your fleet. Trucks that are maintained in good condition tend to perform much better than ones that are not. A commercial brake tester is a device that can check whether your brakes are in good condition or not. If they are good, there are lesser chances of accidents happening. If you maintain a truck that is accident-free, you will get a better price for it later. Using other products such as polishing machines also help to make your trucks appealing.
Do you own a business? Are you the owner of a fleet of trucks providing logistics and hauling services to your customers? If your answer is yes, then you know how important it is to present a strong and confident front to the public. A company that has a strong market presence has many more chances of growing at a much faster pace than companies that take their businesses casually. You are also aware of the fact that you need to make as much revenue as possible to keep your business afloat. What if there was a way to maintain your trucks in good condition and still make money on the side?
Great Additional Revenue
Investing in products like the VIS-Shine is a great way to make more money for your business. Not only does this machine give you shiny and gleaming rims, it can also be used to offer services to other fleet owners. Now you can offer polishing and cleaning aluminum rims services to other companies. This will help you get back your investment in no time since you will have fleets lining up for your services. The Vis-Shine is a great and compact product that can work on wheels to give a great quality shine. This is a good way to supplement your income and boost your business.
Get Sparkly Wheels
Wheels add great value to your trucks. Cleaning aluminum rims on a regular basis can help you give your whole fleet a new and sparkly look. A truck that is maintained well is sure to turn quite a few heads when you drive it down the street. When more number of people look at your trucks, the chances of them adding to your business are more. So invest in this equipment right away to add more value to your business.