What are the basics?
- If you switch between sets of tires, proper storage ensures that your tires’ appearance and performance are maintained.
- Tires should always be stored in a cool, dry, clean, indoor environment.
If tires sit outdoors, unused for long periods of time (a month or more), their surfaces will become dry and surface cracks can appear.
Before storing your tires:
- Before removing your tires, note their position on your car. This will allow you to properly rotate your tires next time you mount them to ensure that they wear evenly.
- Inspect each one for damage or uneven wear.
- Clean your wheels and tires with water and dry them well to limit any corrosion.
- Remove any stones or debris that have been trapped in the tire grooves.
Storing your tires:
- Store your tires indoors in a clean, cool and dark location away from direct sunlight, sources of heat and ozone such as hot pipes or electric generators.
- If you are storing outdoors (recommended for a short time only), raise tires off the ground and use waterproof covering with holes to prevent moisture build-up.
- Be sure the surfaces on which tires are stored are clean and free from grease, gasoline, solvents, oils or other substances that could deteriorate the rubber.
- For aesthetic reasons, if your tires have whitewall or raised white lettering, store them with the whitewall or raised white lettering facing each other. Otherwise, black rubber could stain them.
- If tires are on a vehicle parked for a long period, the weight of the vehicle needs to be taken off the tires by jacking it up or removing the tires. Failure to do this may cause irreversible damage.
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How to store tires with rims
If you need to store tires that are mounted on rims, hang them up or stack them. Do not store them standing upright.
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How to store tires without rims
If the tires are not fitted on rims, do not stack or hang them. Store them standing up.