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Enemies of a Tire: Water

Water is a natural lubricant for rubber. Once water has coated the rubber surface the ability for sharp material to cut and penetrate through the rubber is significantly increased.

Water will also decrease the rubbers ability to grip and hold onto other surfaces creating slippage and higher wear rates.

Puddles and pools of water on haul roads and pit floors will hide rocks and sharp objects. Water sitting on the road surface also increases the wear and degradation of the road condition. 

Water promotes corrosion on exposed steel body cords and belts and will exacerbate separations in the structure of the tire where any partial damage has occurred.

Gus Lilly, Mining Tyre Solutions 

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