Tips to Properly Store Tires
As summer comes to an end you may be needing to switch your tires out for your winter snow tires. Now you are faced with the dilemma of what to do with your other set of tires. With a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo and the tips listed below you can rest easy knowing your tires will be safe and ready to go for next spring.
Clean them Thoroughly
You probably never thought about actually cleaning your vehicles tires before placing them in storage. During normal use, tires accumulate brake dust, dirt, and road grime, and all that gunk can cause tire damage if it sits on your tires for a long time. Use soap, water, and a tire brush to clean your tires. If the tires are still mounted on the rims, it’s also a good time to clean the wheels. Make sure you dry your tires and wheels completely before leaving them in your storage unit.
Protect with Air Tight Bags
Once your tires are clean and dry, put them into large, dark, airtight plastic bags like lawn and garden bags. Try to remove as much air from the bags as possible before sealing them securely with tape. This will help prevent the lubricating oil within the tire compounds from evaporating and ensuring their quality.
Store them Upright and/or Hanging
The best way to store tires is standing upright – it puts less stress on the tires. If you have to stack your tires, try not to stack them too high. However, if your tires are mounted on the rims, you should store them stacked, not upright. If your tires are mounted on the rims, hanging them from hooks is a great storage option. But unmounted tires should never be hung.
Proper Storage Conditions
When it’s time to put your tires away, make sure you store them in a cool, dry place like the storage units at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. Keeping them away from the harsh elements will ensure their quality for longer.