The saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, as winter finally gives way to spring. Depending on the weather in your area, now may be the time you are thinking about replacing your winter tires with your regular tires. When you switch out your tires, be sure to follow these tire storage tips to make sure they stay in good condition and will be ready when you need them again.
All tire types benefit from proper tire storage, and should be stored in a clean, cool and dry place. Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight and strong air currents. Although the rubber used to make tires is engineered to resist the effects of sunlight, ozone, and water, these elements still cause deterioration. Consider seasonal tire storage a time to give your tires a break and opportunity to minimize exposure to stresses.
Other tire storage tips include:
- Tires stored while mounted on rims should be inflated to 10 psi.
- Tires that are put in storage during warm weather should be inflated to about 15 psi to offset the pressure drop during cold weather months.
- Cover or wrap tires for storage. Many types of covers are available from auto parts retailers.
- If tires are mounted on rims, they should be stacked four deep underneath a tire cover.
- Tires should be stored upright and under a cover if they are mounted on rims, rather than stacked or suspended from the ceiling.
- Tires with whitewall or raised white lettering should be stored with the whitewall or raised white lettering facing each other to avoid black rubber staining.
- It is best not to store tires outside, but it is unavoidable, keep them raised off the storage surface.
Follow these tire storage tips when storing your tires so they will provide you with years of safe service and performance.