Proper Tire Storage
Storing tires properly can ensure they last and function to their fullest once they're reinstalled on your vehicle. If you're planning to store your tires for a season or longer, we've compiled and explained the best practices for tire storage.
- Tires should be cleaned before they are stored
Use soapy water and a tire brush to remove the dirt and grime. Brake dust and other things that collect on tires can cause damage if allowed to settle for extended periods of time. Similarly, tires should not be coated with tire shine or dressing of any kind while they are being stored.
- Tires should be wrapped in large plastic bags and sealed with tape
This will help to further protect your tires from the elements. While there are tire totes for storage purposes, they are not airtight and provide less protection from the elements. Even if you are using a tire tote, we recommend wrapping your tires in plastic bags before placing them in the tote.
- Tires should be stored standing upright to reduce stress on the sidewall
If you have to stack the tires, be sure not to stack them too high, as a high stack can lead to too much weight on the bottom tire, possibly causing structural damage. If the tires are still mounted on the wheels, they can be stacked. We do not recommend hanging tires, as it can lead to structural deformities.
- Tires should be stored somewhere dry and cool, and away from direct sunlight
Tires absorb heat and long-term exposure to sunlight can cause serious damage. It is also important that tires be stored away from equipment that produces ozone, which can cause ozone cracking or dry rot. Additionally, any type of high-voltage electrical equipment should be avoided as well. Ideally, tires should be stored in a basement or a climate-controlled garage or shop. Avoid storing your tires anywhere that is exposed to the elements, particularly humidity and extreme temperatures.
If you have other questions about proper tire storage, please give us a call or stop by your local store.