Proper tire storage is crucial for preserving tire integrity and performance. Whether you are storing winter tires during warmer months or summer tires during the winter, following the right storage practices can help prevent damage and ensure they are in optimal condition when it’s time to use them again.
What is the best way to store tires when not in use?
Tires should be stored in a cool, dry, and clean environment away from direct sunlight and sources of heat. Ideally use airtight plastic bags to protect them from moisture and dust. If available, tire storage racks or tire totes can help prevent deformation and avoid putting pressure on the sidewalls.
Can I store tires outside or in the garage?
Storing tires outside is generally not recommended due to exposure to the elements, UV radiation, and temperature fluctuations, which can accelerate tire degradation. If stored in a garage, ensure it is well-ventilated and protected from temperature extremes and humidity changes.
Should I stack tires when storing them?
Stacking tires directly on top of each other can lead to distortion or damage to the sidewalls, especially if stored for an extended period. If you must stack them, place a flat, sturdy surface between each tire to distribute the weight evenly.
Do I need to remove the tires from the wheels before storage?
It’s not necessary to remove the tires from the wheels for short-term storage. However, if you plan to store them for an extended period (over six months), it is recommended to remove the tires from the wheels to prevent flat spots from forming.
How should I clean the tires before storage?
Thoroughly clean the tires with water, mild soap, and soft brush to remove dirt, debris, and brake dust. Avoid using harsh chemicals or tire dressings, as they can cause rubber to deteriorate over time.
Is it okay to hang tires for storage?
Hanging tires is a viable storage option when using proper tire racks or hooks specifically designed for this purpose. Hanging tires can help save floor space and prevent the tires from developing flat spots.
How long can tires be stored before they should be replaced?
Tire manufacturers usually recommend replacing tires after six years, regardless of the amount of wear, as rubber can degrade over time. If tires have been stored properly, they may still be safe to use after several years, but it’s essential to have them inspected by a professional before remounting them on a vehicle.
Belle Tire offers seasonal tire storage, learn more here https://www.belletire.com/tires-and-wheels/off-season-storage