How do I store summer and winter tyres?

How do I store summer and winter tyres?

Tip 1. Find a suitable spot

The tyres should be stored in a dry, clean, and well-ventilated place. The temperature should be between 10°C and 25°C. Make sure the tyres are not exposed to sunlight: ultraviolet radiation destroys rubber. The air humidity should be within 50–60%. If it’s higher, ventilate the room regularly.

Tip 2. Mark the tyres so you’ll be able to mount them correctly again

After removing the tyres, mark them to indicate the direction of wheel rotation and the location on the vehicle. This will make it much easier to mount them again.

Tip 3. Clean the tyres before putting them in storage

Remove stones from the tread, wash and dry the tyres, and treat them with a special compound to protect the rubber from drying out. Follow the instructions for car care products carefully. Don’t use unsuitable compounds – this will lead to premature tyre wear.

Tip 4. Position the tyres correctly

If you are going to store the tyres without removing them from the rims, then place them horizontally. You can stack tyres on top of each other. To save space, you can hang each tyre up separately. If you store tyres without the rims, do not place them horizontally or hang them up as this can lead to impaired grip and accelerated tread wear. Store the tyres in a vertical position. It is better to use a semicircular concave surface as a support to prevent the parts from being deformed. Turn the tyres a bit at least once a month.

Tip 5. Use special storage bags

The bags will help protect the tyres from dirt, moisture, and damage. Only use bags specially made for this purpose as condensate can accumulate inside ordinary plastic bags or bin liners, which would lead to tyre damage.

Tip 6. Protect your tyres from frost

If you can’t store your tyres in a heated room in winter, treat them with a special protective agent. This will prevent them from cracking due to low temperatures.

Tip 7. Use a professional storage service

If you don’t have a suitable place to store your tyres, you can use a storage service. Before doing this, read the contract carefully: it should stipulate the temperature, humidity and other storage conditions.


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