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Old 06-13-2008, 09:28 AM   #1
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We went through about 4 miles of road that had just undergone chip and seal. Although we went about 10 MPH, we kicked up quite a bit of tar (oil?) and gravel. I got it cleaned off the coach, and most of it came off the tires, but there is some tar along the inner and outer edges of the tires. I called Toyo and, as excpected, they were covering their butt and told me to take the tires to a tire expert to have them examined because they may need to be taken out of service. That seemed kind of extreme for what it went through.

Should I just try to have the tar (oil?) wear off through driving? Should I manually try to remove all I can? Is there some trick to removing the tar? Do I have an exposure to more than normal tire damage?
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We went through about 4 miles of road that had just undergone chip and seal. Although we went about 10 MPH, we kicked up quite a bit of tar (oil?) and gravel. I got it cleaned off the coach, and most of it came off the tires, but there is some tar along the inner and outer edges of the tires. I called Toyo and, as excpected, they were covering their butt and told me to take the tires to a tire expert to have them examined because they may need to be taken out of service. That seemed kind of extreme for what it went through.

Should I just try to have the tar (oil?) wear off through driving? Should I manually try to remove all I can? Is there some trick to removing the tar? Do I have an exposure to more than normal tire damage?
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:50 AM   #3
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Is this the first time you have ever driven a vehicle through a road that was being rebuilt?
I have had to clean tar off many vehicles but never even gave it a thought about on the tires. I would worry more about what I was using to get it off! You are driving on "Black Top", Asphalt roads every day. Many times in the summer's hot sun, you will pick up melted tar/oil on roads that have been paved for some time. Don't worry about it!!!
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Old 06-13-2008, 03:01 PM   #4
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I'm with Jerry - forget about it. A bit of fresh tar is but one of the zillion things on the road surface that cause everyday wear on your tires.
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If those remarks were made by Toyo tire, it just shows how inferior their product really is. Tar and Chipping is a standard way of life for roads in the northeast and if you can't stand a little tar get out of the business.
Let's hear from TOYO!
Now here is an example of what type of air was in the tire before it melted!
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Old 06-14-2008, 08:31 AM   #6
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I'm with the rest of them,get it off the body and forget the rest. When I drive through this stuff I'm thinking a free under coat job.

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Old 06-14-2008, 10:05 AM   #7
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In 53 years of driving I've been thru "a few" miles of road construction. I have never had a tire problem because of the tar & gravel. Even DW who gets really torqued about having to clean it off the car has never said word about the tires. Sounds like maybe Toyo wants to sell you a set of tires.
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Old 06-14-2008, 11:32 AM   #8
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I would use paint thinner to get the oil/tar off the outside edge of the tires to get the clean look again. Then use soap & water to get the paint thinner off. I wouldn't worry about what's in the cracks of the tread.

On the inside of the tire the build-up might be enough to affect the balance. I would just use a putty knife or scraper to get the big stuff off.
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I just use good old mineral spirits. It melts the tar like butter and is gentle on paint, hands, and plastic or fiberglass. I then remove the mineral spirits with 409 and then rinse with water. You DO want to keep the mineral spirits away from pets, kids, and plants and grass. It's cheap and easy as pie.

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I would not put any solvents on my tires.

As the tar dries it will drop off the tires as the tire flexes.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Tom N:
I would not put any solvents on my tires.

As the tar dries it will drop off the tires as the tire flexes. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I agree with Tom on this 100%. The solvents harm the tires and remove tire UV protection.
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I hate to break it to you fellas but tar has lots of solvents in it, it is a petroleum product and it's viscosity is regulated in part by solvents (thinners). I get a lot of unwanted solvent on my tires fueling up after a careless person at the diesel pump spills a gallon or two on the ground but I never worry about what it's doing to my tires...my wife worries about the smell in the coach and the tracks on the carpeting! Today, that's over 8 bucks and still it happens. Most folks with diesels are used to this. Gasoline pumps rarely spill due to the required anti-vapor technology they now employ. I would worry if I had to park in a puddle of MEK or some type of aggressive solvent of it's ilk.

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