Storing tyres in optimal conditions will prolong their life
From one season to another, your car needs a certain degree of maintenance, and one of the most important changes is that of the tyres. Regardless of the weather, you must have the right ones to avoid ugly situations. It is true particularly in winter, some countries requiring you to have winter tyres.
But when you change the summer or winter tyres, you should think of an important matter: storage. We prepared a series of handy tips and tricks that will prevent your tires from deteriorating prematurely.
What to do before storing tyres
Make sure that your tyres are clean and dry. It is advisable to wash them with water and a bit of detergent to remove any traces of dust and dirt. Do not use a pressure washer as it may damage the tread. If small pebbles got stuck in the grooves, try to remove them with a screwdriver. After washing, they must be completely dry to proceed to the next step.
Check the condition of the tyres. Now that they are clean, you can easily spot cracks or other defects, and if you need a new set, we are waiting for you with a wide range and the best prices. It is also advisable to check the wheel pressure before storing them.
Where you can store tyres
For many drivers, their garage or workshop is not an option. And if the balcony, attic, or basement do not have constant temperatures and are humid, we recommend tyre hotels. They are not hard to find, probably many car services around you offer this service.
But if for any reason you do not want to store yours there, we have prepared other solutions for you.
Guide to storing tyres
Don’t leave them in the sun! Even with a tarpaulin on them, the tyres can get very hot, the UV rays and heat being the biggest threat to them. It is recommended that the storage space has a constant average temperature. If your garage or balcony turns into a sauna in the summer and a freezer in the winter, it would be advisable to look for another place to store them.
Wrap each one of them in an opaque bag. Try to let as little air in as possible (you can use any vacuum cleaner). This airtight environment does not allow the oils in the rubber to evaporate. Although you can find different tire storage cases on the market, they are usually not tight, and the rubber can dry and crack.
Depending on how you want to store your tyres (with or without rim) they should be placed as follows:
- If you change the tyres with rims then you can suspend them on different racks to save space.
- You can place them horizontally on top of each other, but rearrange them about once a month, so they don’t get deformed.
- Store them vertically and turn them around a little once a month to avoid deforming them.
- If you don’t have enough space, you can also place them horizontally, but do not suspend them from a hook or a bar because they will deform fast.
Try not to store yours near ozone sources because they are a very harmful factor. That means far from:
- Batteries or generators
- Other electrical equipment
Tyre storage is an important factor for their lifespan. When done correctly, you can get great performances and long-lasting tyres. If you are looking for new ones for your car, we cooked up the best prices for you.
After changing the seasonal tyres, make a stop at the nearest car service to adjust the geometry of your wheels and read here why checking it is important.