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3 Tips and Tricks for Storing Tires Between Seasons

Updated on December 24, 2017

With winter quickly approaching, now is the time that most car owners switch from all-season tires to winter tires. Winter tires are made from rubber that’s more pliable than regular tires, so they can offer more traction and grip on slippery surfaces. When switching from one type of tire to the next, here are 3 tips and tricks for storing tires between seasons.

Clean the Tires Before Storing Them

When swapping tires from one season to the next, the first thing car owners need to do with the old tires is to clean them. Use a brush to scrub the tires with some soap and water in order to wash away all of the dirt, dust, grime and other particulates that are embedded in the tires. Make sure to even scrub the crevices of the treads.

Get rid of as much goop and gunk as possible, as they can be corrosive. If left on the tires, they may end up eating away at the rubber. Most mechanics also recommend taking this time to inspect the tires. Look for cracks and uneven tread marks.

Find a Clean Storage Space

Don’t just store the tires anywhere. It’s best to avoid spaces that are outside, and to place the tires in environments with constant temperatures. Rooms with climate-controlled features are best for tire storage. These places might include a workshop, a garage or even the basement. Ideally, the tires should be stored in a cool and dry area.

Clean up the area where the tires will be stored in. Lay the tires flat and carefully stack them on each other. It’s best to rotate the position of the tires every several weeks or so to evenly distribute the weight placed on each tire.

Protect Each Tire with a Cover

If exposed to the environment, the tires can become vulnerable and susceptible to certain elements. It’s best to protect each tire with a cover. Most mechanics can provide various types of tire covers for different tires.

Make sure that the covers not only completely envelop the tires. The covers should not only seal the tires in completely, but also need to be airtight. To further protect the tires, use a vacuum cleaner to remove as much air from inside the covers as possible.

As more and more car owners switch to winter tires, they really need to consider how they are storing their summer tires or all-season tires. Improper storage can cause premature wear. It may even affect the tires’ performances in the upcoming seasons when they are used again. Proper storage will keep the tires in pristine condition.


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