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
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
When the weather or temperature is very cold, avoid moving the
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
- Tires in Storage at
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
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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