Many areas of the country experience winter driving conditions that require winter tires to get around safely. When you take off your fair weather tires and put on the winter treads, the fair weather treads must be stored properly to ensure they remain in good condition until spring rolls around. Below, you will find out how to prepare and store your tires effectively.
Before you store the tires, they should be thoroughly cleaned. Failure to complete a thorough cleaning will result in corrosion or dry-rotted tires come spring. Use products made for removing brake dust on the wheels to help protect them from corrosion.
Don't treat the tires with tire dressing. These products can actually cause the rubber to break-down over the winter and leave you needing to replace the tires.
Check the Air Pressure
After the wheels and tires have dried, check the air pressure. Make sure that they are fully inflated to the maximum pressure that is set by the manufacturer. This way, if some air leaks out over the winter, the tires will not go completely flat and won't become damaged.
Pack them Up
Put the wheels and tires in plastic bags, but be sure that they are completely dry before doing so. Moisture that remains can result in damage to the wheels and tires.
Once you have them in bags, press as much air out of the bags and seal the bags up tight with duct tape. You want the wheels and tires to be protected from air exposure while they are being stored to prevent dry rot and corrosion.
Store them Properly
Find somewhere that doesn't experience a whole lot of temperature changes and has low humidity levels. If you don't have anywhere, like a garage or basement to store them, consider storing them in a climate-controlled storage facility for the winter.
After you have a location, lay a pallet on the ground and stack the four tires in two piles. Never stack your wheels and tires more than two high or you could cause damage to the lowest tires due to the extreme weight.
Preparing your tires may seem like a time consuming task, but it will help to preserve their condition. Use the same procedure when the time comes to remove the winter tires and put them away for the spring, summer and fall seasons so that they remain in good condition for several seasons before needing replaced. If changing your tires seems like a daunting task, a company like Bearsch's United Auto Center can do it for you.Share
24 October 2015
Hello. My name’s Samuel Jacobs. I retired from my job as an auto mechanic last year. During my years as a mechanic, I had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. Some have remained friends to this day. When I was working, there is one thing that I came across at least weekly. That is how uneducated people are when it comes to their vehicle’s tires. Properly cared for tires are crucial to the safety of your vehicle. Without them, your car isn’t going anywhere. If they give out on you while you are driving, there is the potential for serious injury. I’m going to share some tire safety information here. Things like the importance of correct inflation, how to check the tread, when to replace tires, tire rotation, and what to do in case of a blow-out. I hope you find this information to be helpful.