How to properly store your tyres

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If you use more than one set of tyres regularly (winter tyres or all-season tyres and more) then you may not have given much thought to how and where you are storing the set of tyres you are not currently using. If you’ve been storing tyres outside or just keeping them in the trunk of your car or storing them in a damp garage then this post is for you. We have come up with a few tips that’ll help your tyres last longer and in turn help you save some cash.

Cleaning

Although this part might be taken for granted, you should always be cleaning your tyres before you put them into storage. During the normal tyre use they go through and accumulate a lot of dust, dirt and debris which can in turn cause long term damage and even affect the lifespan of the tyres. You should clean then when they are mounted as they are still easier to clean, you can simply use water and a clean material.

Marking and Bagging

Before putting your tyres away, you should make sure that you mark each one with the position on the car that it was removed from. Once you have left the tyres out to dry after cleaning you should then set aside some large garbage bags for each tyre. While doing this, you should remember to try to get as much air out of the bags as you can before being sealed. Doing this will help prevent the lubricating oil found inside the tyre compounds from evaporating.

Stacking (Short – term storage)

The best way to store your tyres is standing upright as it puts less stress on the tyres. However, if you do decide to stack, you shouldn’t stack them too high as if it falls it might damage the tyres and might even injure someone. It’s also worth mentioning that if you want to store tyres that are still mounted on the rims the most effective way to do it is to hang them from hooks.

Vertical Racking (Long – term storage)

If you are going to be storing your tyres for a long time then you can either stack them on top of each other but no taller than 4 feet and if you can on pallets or above floor level. You should also remember to rotate them at least once every month to avoid distortion. If you want to use the stored tyres after a long period of inactivity you should be sure to check the tyre pressure before use.

Location

Tyres should be stored in a cool and dry place and away from direct sunlight and heat sources like generators and hot pipes. If your tyres are exposed to any of these elements for an extended period, it’ll exhaust the tyre’s oxidation and weathering agents within the rubber compounds and resulting in cracking. If you do spot any cuts or cracks in your tyre either stored or mounted you can call out for a mobile fitting team to fix and change your tyres either at home or at work.