Seasonal tire storage is not as difficult as it might seem. However, there are some nuances here, both obvious and not so. Let’s find out whether it is possible to store the rubber in the garage or on the balcony, how to store the tire assembly with and without rims and what are the advantages and disadvantages of seasonal tire storage services, and in the end we will gather all the tips in a convenient infographics.
Does the situation look familiar? It snowed, and the summer wheels are quite whole and round sent to hibernation. And in the spring, the car turned into a vibromassager? The reason for that is banal – wrong storage.
Today we understand how important is the proper operation of car tires and how to store them properly.
How to store tires properly?
It is unlikely that anyone will dispute the fact that the storage of tyres takes up a large area, which would fit, for example, two bags of buckwheat. Nowadays, in many families, not one, but two cars. In this case, we need a garage with a separate place for this. And it is highly desirable if the necessary conditions are met.
The basic rules of tire storage
- Choose the right room: dry, ventilated, without direct sunlight. You should not leave the tires outdoors, even under a canopy, on bare metal, concrete or earthy floors. Most garages, basements, balconies and attics are not suitable for tire storage.
- Do not expose tyres to aggressive chemicals. Note that the concentration of ozone harmful to rubber can be increased in the vicinity of running motors, compressors, etc.
- Determine how you will store the tyres: only tyres or wheels assembled. In the latter case, balance them and do not bleed out the pressure.
- Be sure to wash the tires or wheels before storing them.
- Each tire should be packed separately in an airtight material. After making sure there is no moisture inside, remove the air from the bag and tape it.
- The storage rules for complete wheels and unassembled tires vary. In any case, ensure the same temperature and humidity on all sides of the tyre. For this purpose, it is recommended that they be placed on pallets, shelves or racks.
Storage of tyres without rims
It is best to store the tyres vertically mounted on the tread, as the load on them is minimal.
Do not stack the tyres, they will have sidewalls wrinkled and they will be tracked.
Never hang un-mounted tyres. If you do, they will deform.
Storing tyres on rims
Store the complete wheels suspended (behind the disc!) or stacked.
Do not store assembled wheels standing on the tread vertically.
If not stored correctly, the properties of the rubber used to make the tyres may change dramatically, making it dangerous or impossible to drive them at all.
Tyres will inevitably age. But these tips will help to prolong their life.
The properties of tyres in different market segments
An important characteristic of tyres is the treadwear coefficient. This is the degree of tyre tread wear to which any rubber is subject to operation.
Budget tires lose their properties and qualities completely in a couple of months due to improper storage. Direct sunlight, high or low temperature or humidity changes the properties of rubber.
After six months, it becomes three to four times softer. The tire loses its round shape and starts beating, which speeds up wear and tear even more. Such tires begin to pose a danger to life.
The treadwear coefficient for budget tyres is the lowest. Tires wear out very quickly, lose a hitch, drive like on ice in the rain. The treadwear (indicated on the tire) may have quite high values, but in practice it is not true. The most interesting thing is that the wear resistance also falls when stored incorrectly. If they are exposed to sunlight, rainwater and in addition frozen, you will definitely have to retrain. In fact, such tires can be thrown away.
The average price segment of tyres
The mid-priced segment tires are made of tougher grades of rubber. Therefore, such tyres are less sensitive to environmental influences. Under unfavourable conditions, their rubber changes its properties not so rapidly. Tyres are more resistant to wear.
The wear resistance coefficient in this segment is very low due to the fact that its composition is adapted to the maximum traction with the coated tyres. The tyres wear out very quickly but have high traction. They do not react to sunlight due to the properties of the material, but are very sensitive to dirt and reagents that are sprinkled on the road. Therefore, when laid for seasonal storage such tires must be washed. Keep in mind that shampoos used in car washes (especially non-contact washes) contain a lot of alkali, which is extremely harmful to rubber. In poorly washed tyres, the sidewall will deform over time: white film and small cracks will appear. You will roll on them during the season, but two or three will not be enough.
Where do you keep your tyres without wasting time and energy?
The easiest place to get your tyres to is where you usually make your tire service.
By making sure that the conditions for storage meet the requirements described above.
The tire service technician will check your tyres, replace them, deliver them to the storage facility, store them until next season, rework your car and accept the spare set. There is no need to contaminate the interior or trunk with tires, waste time on their delivery to tire service, worry if they have not stolen.
What are good services for seasonal tire storage?
Seasonal tire storage services, or so-called “tire hotels”, have gained some popularity. However, you should not think that the conditions of storage in them are strikingly different from the garages. Above we have already found that the tires are very unpretentious to the temperature and do not like only ultraviolet and high humidity, so that “tire hotels” are usually large hangars with sufficient ventilation. Therefore, seasonal storage service is aimed primarily at those who have nowhere to place a replacement set of tyres or wheels. Of the advantages, we can only mention a sink, which is neglected by many car owners and which is usually offered in services before storage. So if you don’t have a garage and your balcony is busy – perhaps a “tyre hotel” is really the best solution.
You’ll get rid of all the hassle of keeping your wheels in storage.