TIRE CARE & MAINTENANCE
There are some specific steps you should take to prepare your tires before any sort of long-term storage.
- Clean Your Tires Prior to Storage. Tires, just like any other part of the vehicle, tend to get dirty. Removal of any of the tire dressings applied, dirt, and brake dust will help to ensure that your tires are free of contaminants prior to storage. Use a warm soapy bath and wash the tires, then rinse with water for this part of the cleaning process. Also, take the time after cleaning to ensure your tires have fully dried before going any further.
- Maintain Recommended Air Pressure. If your tires are left on the wheels for storage, maintain the vehicle manufacturer recommended air pressure.
- Select and Prepare What You Plan to Store the Tires In. Storing your tires in bags (opaque and airtight) is recommended if you’re able to store your tires indoors. Lawn and leaf bags are often good for this task, sealed shut with a heavy-duty tape to help keep out the elements. Prior to sealing, try to remove as much of the air from the bag as possible, helping to prevent the tire compounds from drying out.
How to Store Unmounted Tires
Store unmounted tires stacked sidewall to sidewall; to prevent staining of white sidewall tires, store white sidewall to white sidewall or place individually in bags.
Note: It’s also best to place the tires on top of a piece of wood, or other barrier rather than directly on the ground or concrete. This will help protect against excessive moisture gathering on the tires.
Alternatively, you can use one of the many commercially available tire racks which are garage/wall mounted. These serve to help keep the weight of the tire off the ground and keep the tires up and out of the way during long term storage.
Although proper tire storage can seem a little complex, following simple storage best practices and watching out for potential hazards can help lead to an optimum life span of your spare set of tires. If you have further questions or need help with mounting/unmounting your tires – please consult your local Goodyear tire shop.