If you are one of the many drivers in the U.S. who have multiple sets of car or truck tires, it’s important to know how to store those that aren’t currently in use. Not putting them away properly increases the likelihood that you will need to replace them sooner than you originally anticipated. Here are a few tips to help you properly place your tires in storage and avoid premature damage.
3 Tips to Help You Store Your Extra Set of Tires
1. Clean & Dry Tires Prior to Storing Them
Never put your car or truck tires into storage without cleaning them first. The accumulation of dirt, brake dust, and road gunk can lead to an early demise, if left to sit on the rubber. Use soap and water to scrub away buildup. Next, dry tires by wiping them down really well with a towel. This will help you avoid any moisture damage.
2. Keep Them Airtight & Upright
Once the tires are completely clean and dry, place them in a large plastic bag—similar to those used for lawn work—to ensure the tire’s natural lubrication doesn’t evaporate. Take the bag and press out as much air out as possible, or use a vacuum for the best airtight results. Use tape to secure the bag in place, then put tires in your designated storage area. Make sure that are standing upright to reduce any stress on the rubber. If you do have to stack them, avoid stacking too high to avoid the tires from toppling and getting damaged. Unless the tires are securely mounted, never hang them in storage, as this can cause them to warp.
3. Avoid Exposure to Sunlight & Ozone Generators
When storing your car or truck tires, pick a spot that’s far away from natural sunlight or any machinery that produces ozone, such as furnaces, sump pumps, electric motors, and central vacuums. Contact with either sunlight or ozone can cause the rubber to breakdown and split. If you have to keep your tires outdoors, invest in a weather-blocking canvas to protect them from the elements.
Whether you prefer to swap back and forth from snow tires and a regular set or use all-season tires, Briggs Tire Service in Livonia, NY, has what you need. This family-owned and -operated business has provided Western New York with new and used car and truck tires as well as retreading services for over 40 years. Call them today at (585) 346-3041 with any questions. You can also visit their website to view some past work examples.