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How to store your tires

Did You Know?

Knowing how to store tires after remov­ing them from your vehicle is essential. In fact, it’s more important than most realize. Improper handling and storage of your tires can change the tire’s characteristics. This can shorten the tire life, cause deterioration and even cause inadvertent wheel damage. Handling and storing tires correctly can help deliver years of service.

 

Follow our easy storage guide and get the most out of your tires!

Clean the Tires
Clean Tires

Using detergent, water and a tire brush, clean tires before storing them. This will help remove a season’s worth of road grime and brake. Don’t forget to clean the wheels too! Make sure they’re completely dry before the next step.


No Dressing Required
no dressing

This next step requires inaction, rather than action. Tires don’t need any kind of dressing or gloss product applied prior to storage. Tire compounds are formulated to resist ozone cracking and other environmental stressors. Such products can hinder rather than help extend the longevity of your tires. 

Bag Them Up
Bag them up

Find a large, airtight plastic bag to fit each tire. Ensure the bag (and tire) is free of moisture, then remove as much air as possible from the bag (use your vacuum) and tape closed. This airtight environment will reduce evaporation of oils from the rubber compounds. These make transporting and storing tires easier and help keep them grime and dust-free. However, tire storage caddies and tire totes are not airtight. Use bag tires as above first, then place them in the tire tote.

Avoid Sun
Avoid sun

 UV rays and the sun’s heat can wreak havoc on rubber. Your tire storage location should keep them out of direct sunlight, even in winter.


Choose Your Location
location

In cold weather or in warm, tires should never be stored in the open air, even under a protective covering. Think cool, dry, moderately ventilated – and, of course, out of the sun. Climate-controlled storage spaces are ideal, do store tires at temperatures not exceeding 35°C, (preferable below 25°C). Should there be a heat source in the room, the tires must be shielded from it. Avoid locations that undergo a range of temperatures, and fluctuations in precipitation and humidity


Avoid Chemical Exposure
chemical exposure

Your number one chemical to avoid when storing your customer’s tires: Ozone. It’s particularly damaging to tires. Electric motors that use contact brushes generate ozone. These can include:

  • Generators
  • Compressors
  • Furnaces
  • Switches
  • Sump pumps
  • Central vacuum cleaners

Ensure your storage area contains none of these items. The following should also be avoided:

  • Solvents
  • Fuels
  • Lubricants


Protect White Rubber

Storing white wall tires – or tires with other white parts, like lettering? If not bagging the tires, then store them with white walls touching other white areas, and black touching black. Here’s why: The black rubber on the white side is compounded differently than the black rubber on the other side. A layer of non-staining black rubber is used on the tire’s white side to prevent oils migrating from the black to the white areas and causing discolouration. The black sidewall uses standard rubber. Therefore, store black-to-black and white-to-white to help keep white rubber bright and avoid marks.


Stand, Stack, Hang?
stand stack hang

You have three options for how to store your tires:

  • Stand them upright.
  • Stack them on their sides.
  • Hang them up on hooks or racks.

The best option is standing, as it puts less stress on the tires. If you must stack, do not stack directly on the floor (use a pallet or similar) and don’t stack too high. You want to avoid it tipping and damaging the tires.

Tires mounted on rims? Stacking is actually preferable in this case. Another great option for tires on rims is hanging them from tire racks or hooks. Never hang unmounted tires as this can distort and damage them.


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