Pressure washing tyres

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 at 16:03
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G'day all, just been reading an article in the Adelaide Advertiser motoring section 27/01/07 relating to pressure washing tyres.

I thought it was quite interesting as I am guilty of blasting all the $h!t off the tyres.
Maybe food for thought.

Adelaide Advertiser 27/01/2007

Under pressure

UK TYRE safety organisation TyreSafe has warned of a potential risks involving high pressure car cleaners.

The organisation says there is growing evidence that pressure washers can cause tyre sidewall damage.

The high pressure jet can cause sidewall damage and degradation, particularly if the water is heated or if the pressurised water is applied for an extended period.

A recent TyreSafe survey found over 80 per cent of drivers were unaware of the impact that pressure washing can have on their tyres and the danger posed.

TyreSafe says if a washer nozzle is held close to a tyre at very high pressure, serious damage can occur in just five seconds.

TyreSafe has suggested the following tips for motorists:

IDEALLY, a light to medium duty pressure washer should be used (110 bar or less).

THE washer jet nozzle should be kept at least 20cm from the tyre surface.

ALWAYS use a fan nozzle to clean tyres, rather than a circular nozzle.

PREVENT prolonged exposure to a specific area of the tyre.

AVOID aiming the water jet directly at the join between the tyre and the wheel rim.

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Reply By: Member - Phillip S (WA) - Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 at 16:12

Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 at 16:12
Hi dave...funny you should mention tyres as I was just thinking how I had problems with my tyres caused by deflating and reflating to do beach work.
The problem was slow leaks caused by sand getting into the seal area between tyre and the is something that we all have to watch out for and you have mentioned another....high pressure cleaning is something a lot of us do.
Thanks mate...Phil
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 at 16:35

Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 at 16:35
So does that mean the 10,000psi 3 head unit at work is no good for bringing out the white lettering...???
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Follow Up By: Ozboc - Sunday, Jan 28, 2007 at 10:16

Sunday, Jan 28, 2007 at 10:16
should be fine -- just put the turbo head on also to get rid of the rust on your rims ;) ( and paint of your car)


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Reply By: DIO - Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 at 16:51

Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 at 16:51
This has been common knowledge for a long time. Warnings usually accompanying pressure washer - to that effect. Will also destroy selas (wheels, gearbox/transmission, ball joints, CVs, plastic bodywork, pin striping, rubber window seals, etc etc.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (W.A) - Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 at 17:21

Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 at 17:21
You might be onto something there, back in 1961 Dad and Mum bought into a 15 acre fruit block at Sunlands near Waikerie SA , after all the Irrigation pipes were laid and the scheme got under way the workers found a leak in one of the steel joints that loined the Fibro pipes , I think they were called gib-bolt joints , ...something like that anyhow , well these pipes had a fair sort of pressure , somewhere around 130psi ... and there was a small leak and the little jet of water over the months since it had started was cutting a path through the steel joint about the size if a Bic biro , So it goes to show the power of water.

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Follow Up By: Member - John R (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 at 17:46

Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 at 17:46
Water can be pretty deadly under pressure. In a previous job, water under high pressure (approx 3000psi) was used to cut plastics. Called "water knives". If you were foolish enough to put a finger inside the guard you'd lose it.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 at 19:01

Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 at 19:01
They cut steel and concrete with HP water used commonly in industries that don't like sparks and other hot things, like oil and gas.
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Reply By: D-Jack - Sunday, Jan 28, 2007 at 01:56

Sunday, Jan 28, 2007 at 01:56
Gees, I don't even wash my Jackaroo's body let alone pressure wash the tyres!
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Follow Up By: Ozboc - Sunday, Jan 28, 2007 at 10:18

Sunday, Jan 28, 2007 at 10:18
LMAo -- yeh why waste water on a jackaroo right ??? :)


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Reply By: Robnicko - Tuesday, Jan 30, 2007 at 12:10

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2007 at 12:10
I have heard of that before and have always kept the jet at least 25cm away.
When these 24hr car wash places first opened up I was washing my Dads old Mazda 929 and when rinsing the bonnet thought gee this is cleaning it really well................the next morning I thought my Dad was going to kill me because all the clear coat was ripped off!!!!

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