Tire Storage

The proper tire storage techniques can go a long way in prolonging your tires' life.

Tips for Tire Storage

Storing a Vehicle with Tires

If at all possible, put blocks under your vehicle to remove all weight from the tires.

If you can't raise the vehicle onto blocks, do the following to give your tires the most protection possible:

  • Try to remove as much weight as you can from the vehicle so the tires will have the least load that you can manage.
  • Increase the tire's air pressure by as much as 25% over what is normally used but make sure that this does not go higher that what the rims are designed to carry.
  • Choose a storage area which solid, clean, dry and as level as possible
  • When the weather or temperature is very cold, avoid moving the vehicle.
  • About every three months move the vehicle slightly to lessen the tendency to have ozone cracking in the area where the tire buldges.  This will also help avoid the tire getting a flat spot due to having the sidewall and tread distorted for a prolonged period.
  • When it is time to put the vehicle back into use, adjust the tire pressure to its correct operating pressure.

Storing your tires Off the Vehicle

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The absolute best way to store tires is to remove them from the vehicle.  Follow these tips for best results:
  • For best results choos an area that is clean, cool, dry, and without sun and without strong air currents. In spite of the fact that tire rubber  is made to resist the effects of sunlight, ozone, and water, tire life can be prolongued if these elements are avoided as much as possible while the tires are being stored.
  • Pile the tires flat so that the tire on the bottom tire will not be squashed by the weight on top of it.
  • Each tire should be wrapped with an non-transparent plastic covering to protect the tire from  oxygen and ozone. Ask at a tire dealer if they have specialized storage bags available.
  • Raise the tires off the ground or storage surface if they are being stored outside.
  • If your tires are mounted on their rims while they are being stored, adjust the inflation pressure to 10 psi.
  • If the weather is warm when you put the tires into storage, increase the air  pressure  to around 15 psi  because the pressure will drop when the weather gets colder.

Things to Avoid when Storing Tires

  • Avoid areas where the tires are likely to get exposed to water, oil or grease.
  • Avoid storing tires in places where they will be exposed to direct sunlight or extremely hot or cold temperatures.
  • Keep the tires away from sources of ozone, such as electric motors.
  • Avoid surfaces which will absorb heat, such as black asphalt.
  • Avoid placing the tires clos to areas that are very reflective of light  like snow, sand or water, to minimize exposure to UV light.


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