Bradley Jando | Tuesday 19th May 2020 5:10pm
As the seasons change and the weather switches from warm and sunny to cold and rainy, or vice versa, you may want to swap your tyres too. Some people choose to change their tyres biannually, alternating between summer and winter varieties. If you use both summer and winter tyres for your vehicle, switching between the two depending on the time of year, then youíll need to store the ones that arenít in use.
Storing tyres correctly is important if you want to get the most out of them, ensure they stay safe to drive on and prevent damage from occurring in the months they arenít being used. The way in which your tyres are stored could affect their lifespan.
How to Store Tyres at Home
Before you can tuck your tyres in for a few months, you should make sure that theyíre clean and free of brake dust, salt (for winter tyres) and general grime. Itís easier to do this once youíve taken the tyres off your car.
Use some special cleaning detergent mixed with water and a tyre brush to get in the tread properly. Once this is done, either pat them dry with a towel or place them in a sheltered spot to dry out.
Next, you should find a large plastic bag to put each tyre into. This is why itís important to make sure the tyre is completely dry before putting it into storage. Once the tyre is in the bag, use your vacuum to remove all the air and make it airtight, then tape the bag shut. Do this for all of your tyres. Some people use all-season tyres on the rear of the car and only alternate summer/winter on the front. In this case, you would only have two tyres to bag up.
An airtight bag reduces the evaporation of the natural oil in the rubber of the tyre. This is important as tyres can dry out and crack over time, so storing them in this way could slow this process.
Where to Store Winter Tyres
Itís essential to find a suitable place to store your winter tyres to keep them damage free. UV rays and the heat of the sun can have an impact on the rubber the tyres are made from. Being in a plastic bag, the tyres could get very hot. Therefore, you should store your winter tyres out of the direct sunlight and in a cool shady spot. A garage would work well. Sheds should be avoided as they can get quite hot in the summer.
Itís also inadvisable to keep tyres in the open air. Itís better if theyíre in a moderately ventilated room instead of leaving the bags outside. If you donít have a suitable space such as a garage and you donít want to keep the tyres in your house, you could make use of a tyre hotel service. This is a place where your tyres can be stored until youíre ready to switch (ask at your local Kwik Fit centre for details about storing your tyres in our Tyre Hotel).
Once youíve found a suitable space for your tyres, you need to consider how you will store them. If the tyres are being stored without the wheels, itís better to leave them standing up vertically. However, if youíve decided to keep the wheels on the tyre, you may be better off stacking them horizontally, one on top of the other.
How to Store Summer Tyres
Storing summer tyres in winter can be difficult, as the cold can cause all sorts of problems, including deflation and cracking. Summer tyres are made from a softer rubber than their winter counterparts that makes them good for driving in the heat. They also have less elasticity than winter tyres, meaning that, if they get too cold, they could be more prone to cracking.
Because of this, itís better to store them in a utility room or spare bedroom. If your home has an integral garage, this would still be okay as the heat from your home would prevent the temperature from dropping too much in the garage. Otherwise, a tyre hotel might be the best place to keep your tyres in tiptop condition.
How Long Do Tyres Last in Storage?
A tyre should be changed approximately every 10 years, but this is the rule for those that are being used on a regular basis. If you arenít using your tyres and theyíre safely in storage, they should last for around six to 10 years, provided that theyíre in an airtight bag and out of the sun or cold.
If the tyres are stored in a bag that isnít airtight, oxygen can cause the rubber to deteriorate, breaking it down on both the inside and outside.
If you plan to use your tyres after theyíve been in storage for a long time, you should check for signs of damage or cracking before having them re-fitted.
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