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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-19-2009, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Where does all the rubber go that wears off of your tires?

Where does it go? :hmmm:

If the tread of an average 30" diameter tire is 6" wide and 1/2" thick and 94" long that's 282 cubic inches of rubber for one tire, correct? That's the equivalent of about a half-gallon of milk, by volume. 6 car tires equals about a cubic foot of the stuff. Just a guess, but a semi might contribute a cubic yard of the black stuff.

Where is it? Do you see wisps of it following other cars as you drive? How come there's no layer of rubber coating the front of our cars? Wouldn't you expect that a freeway that carries 166,000 cars and trucks a day would show some sign of black rubber accumulation?

Where is it all?


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Re: Where does all the rubber go that wears off of your tires?

now WHY can't I get the "Chewing Gum Song" outta my mind

...on topic
imho
in addition to the rubberized patina on all out roads, IT'S
1. on our window sills
2: in our lungs
3. in our water supply


oh well
back to
"...do you catch it on your tonsils?
do you heave it left & right?..."

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Re: Where does all the rubber go that wears off of your tires?

As proof of where it goes, in racing the chunks (they're bigger on race tracks) are called marbles. On the street, the amount is tiny (per mile driven) so it doesn't accumulate in clumps, but it does go everywhere. Just as the skin that you shed every day becomes dust around your house.
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