How to avoid killing tires by improper storage?

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Not all motorists know how to properly store tires. But ignoring some rules can significantly reduce the service life of rubber. Today we will tell you how to prevent this.

Let’s start with the simplest. It is advisable to keep the tires clean. This is especially important for winter tires. In winter, the roads are watered with reagents, and their prolonged contact with tires can be harmful to the rubber compound. Therefore, at the end of the winter season, all chemicals must be washed off.

Never leave tires (no matter what seasonality) in direct sunlight. Ultraviolet light negatively affects the rubber compound, and tires begin to deteriorate pretty soon.

Also, do not store rubber in rain or snow and allow corrosive chemicals to get on its surface.

The optimum temperature for storing tires is from +10 to +25 degrees. Frost and heat can shorten the life of the rubber. It is best to store tires in a heated room.

The rubber on the rims (i.e. the complete wheels) should be stored lying down. Then the tires do not deform under the weight of the rims. It is allowed to stack the wheels on top of each other — this will not harm them.

One of the most common and serious storage errors is tire misalignment.

The rubber on the rims (i.e. the complete wheels) should be stored lying down. Then the tires do not deform under the weight of the rims. It is allowed to stack the wheels on top of each other — this will not harm them.

If desired and possible, you can hang the wheels by the disks. Just make sure the fasteners will hold them up.

Rimless tires should only be stored while standing. So their sidewalls do not deform. In this case, it is recommended to occasionally (for example, once a month) turn the rubber ninety degrees. The fact is that slight deformation during storage still occurs, but this way it will be uniform.

Under no circumstances should empty tires be stacked on top of each other. With this method of storage, the deformation of the sidewalls will be especially strong, and they may even begin to deflate after installation. It is also impossible to hang tires without disks.

Yes, it is better to pack the tires individually in an opaque plastic bag and make them as tight as possible. This will prevent the oil in the rubber from evaporating and help prevent it from drying out and cracking.

Observing these simple recommendations, the car owner may not be afraid that next season the rubber will present him with an unpleasant surprise during tire fitting.