Truck tyre retread

What is retreading and regrooving?

All your retreading & regrooving questions answered

Retreading and regrooving are used by truck owners and fleet managers everywhere because they reduce the fleet’s carbon footprint and help drive better value from the overall investment in tyres. But what goes into each process? Read our FAQs to find out.


Retreading is the process of applying a new tread on used tyre casings.

The main reason for retreading is to reduce waste, thereby reducing the impact a business has on the environment. Increasingly, customers demand that their suppliers demonstrate best practices in sustainability, so retreading also reassures customers. Retreads also substantially reduce operating costs, delivering similar performance to new tyres but at a lower cost.

Tyres can be retreaded several times. Retreading the tyres depends on the activity of the fleet and the management model. If you want your tyres to have multiple life, consider the factors that influence wear:

  • Tyre characteristics (robustness, tyre type and volume, tread pattern)
  • Pressure
  • Axle load
  • Mechanical condition of the vehicle
  • Driving style

These are two methods of retreading. The mold-cure process renews a casing from bead to bead. Unvulcanised rubber is applied to the buffed tyre and it is placed in a mould, exactly as it would be in the manufacture of new tyres. So the retread tyre looks exactly like a new tyre: only the naming on the sidewalls will indicate that the tire has been retreaded.


The pre-cure process (also known as ‘cold-cure’) involves applying a new pre-moulded, pre-vulcanised tread to the casing. It is bonded to the casing by means of a thin layer of specially compounded uncured rubber (known as cushion or bonding gum) which, when vulcanized, acts as an adhesive.

Goodyear tyres are retreaded under TreadMax and Next Tread brands.

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Regrooving is the practice of carving out the rubber in the grooves of a tyre to create additional tread depth.

Like retreading, regrooving extends the life of the tyres, while reducing the costs.

Regroove Goodyear truck tyres when there is still enough tread depth. Under NO circumstances should the tyre be completely worn before regrooving. Suggested remaining tread depths are: 3-4 mm for regular highway use; 5-6 mm in operating conditions where penetration damage is likely.

The regrooving of truck tyres should be entrusted solely to fully trained operators. Only proven regrooving tools with electrically heated blades should be used. Our TruckForce network partner are enable to regroove Goodyear tyres.

Our guidelines for regrooving can be downloaded from our knowledge center.

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