If you own a vehicle, then you know that ever so often, there comes a time to change your tyres. Normally this happens due to weather reasons – switching from summer tyres to winter ones and vice versa. And here comes the question – how to store tyres properly?
Some people choose to store their tyres at home, while others need an alternative option, such as a professional storage facility. Stay tuned to find out how to store your tyres properly to ensure they stay in peak condition before using them again.
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Prepare the tyres for storage
Our article on how to store tyres continues with one of the most important things – preparation. Before storing your tyres anywhere, you need to carefully prepare them. This includes two steps – cleaning the tyres and bagging them. We will discuss this in more detail in the next couple of paragraphs.
Clean the tyres
The tyre storage process starts with cleaning your tyres. Rubber could easily be damaged by chemicals like petrol, oil, etc. In addition, tyres get dirty from road grime and other debris. Therefore, you should pay special attention to this step of the tyre storage preparation.
We recommend using a car cleaning detergent in combination with water and a tyre brush for optimal results. If you rinse them with a pressure-washing machine, be careful not to get too close and damage the rubber.
Bear in mind that this is, indeed, a crucial thing to get done to preserve your tyres in good condition. One tip we can give you – is that does not to use any dressing or gloss product. There is certainly no need for that since car tyres are resistant and do not need any additional protection. Still, if you decide to apply any such products, make sure to review the corresponding instructions for use.
Bag the tyres
Once you have ensured that your tyres are squeaky clean, you can proceed with the next step of the process – bagging the tyres. You should use airtight tyre storage bags, which could best protect them from the accumulation of grime and dust, as well as any damages.
You should be able to find car tyre storage bags online or at a local automobile store. There are also tyre storage caddies and tyre totes. However, none of them is airtight, so you should use them only after putting the tyres in airtight bags.
How to store the tyres
Our step-by-step guide on tyre storage continues, and we will now discuss how to properly store winter and summer tyres, as well as tyres with and without rims. There are some significant differences which cannot be overlooked if you want your car tyres to remain in operable condition. Read below to learn more interesting and useful tips and tricks on how to store tyres.
How to store winter tyres
We start with storing winter tyres. The main thing here is to find a cool and shady place. Winter car tyres could get damaged by direct sunlight and high temperatures. The fact that you have already put them in plastic bags makes this even more possible. Those of you who have garages can use them as winter tyre storage. Sheds and any similar constructions are not advisable since it tends to get hot in them.
Another tip we can give you is to use the services of a nearby tyre hotel. These are designated places for winter tyre storage. If you store your winter car tyres without the wheels, then leave them standing up vertically. If you store them with the wheels, then it would be better to leave them horizontally, one on top of the other. But we will share more on that a bit later in the article.
How to store summer tyres
Moving on to storing winter tyres. Two things you should know here. Summer tyres are softer and less elastic than winter ones. This means that they could easily start cracking in cold weather, which is far from ideal. We recommend you use an internal garage if you have one or a professional storage facility. Learn more about the average cost of tyre storage in the UK here.
How to store tyres with rims
There should not be anything to worry about if you use professional car tyre storage (the so-called tyre hotels). After all, they are run by highly-skilled professionals who know what they are doing. If you prefer to do this yourself, then there are a few things to remember. First, rims should not be stored vertically.
If you have decided to store your tyres on rims, you should either hand them on a hook or store them horizontally, one on top of the other. If you proceed to store them vertically, which we recommend you avoid, then you must switch the order every four weeks to prevent deformation of the bottom tyre.
If you store your tyres without rims, then you should put them horizontally. You should not leave them in a vertical position; stack one on top of the other or hang them by hooks. Another important thing to remember is you should rotate them every four weeks by a reasonably large degree.
Rims should also be prepared for storage. Both aluminium and steel rims should be thoroughly cleaned before storage. Use specialised detergent for cleaning rims, and make sure to remove all dirt and grime. Repeat the cleaning process if necessary for optimal results.
Incorrect ways to store tyres
If you store your tyres incorrectly, you risk hindering their durability and overall performance. This ultimately means that their further usage can result in potentially dangerous situations. Therefore, you must avoid incorrect ways of short-term tyre storage and long-term tyre storage. Learn more about the risks of damaged tyres in this article.