How to Properly Store your Tires

If you are like most commuters, you will be swapping out your standard road tires for some snow tires on your vehicle this winter. Now you are faced with the task of what to do with your standard tires over the next few months. A storage unit at Elite Storage in Lafayette is the perfect solution. We have gathered some storage tips for you to try when it comes to keeping your vehicles tires safe throughout the cold winter months.

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 Elite Storage in Lafayette. Keeping them away from the harsh elements will ensure their quality for longer.

Now that you have some proper storage techniques you can easily store your tires this winter season until the weather clears up again. For more information regarding Elite Storage in Lafayette make sure you check out our website.

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