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Worry-free Winter Tire Storage Solutions


Storing winter tires can be a challenge. Not only are they big and bulky, but they’re also high maintenance too! Year after year they need to be stored properly to be kept in good shape. Some people have the good fortune and budget to store their tires at a car dealership or mechanic. While others have the space to store them at home. If this is your first season storing tires at home, here are a few tips from the experts so they’re ready to go next winter.

Deep Clean Winter Tires

Using a stiff-bristled brush and some soapy water, wash tires to remove asphalt, dirt, and brake dust. Make sure to let them dry completely before putting them in storage. Avoid using a tire gloss or dressing prior to storing tires, and replace missing air valve caps. Concerned about a leak? Spray some Windex on the valve and see if it bubbles.

Give Winter Tires VIP Storage Treatment

A basement or climate-controlled space works best. A shed, the garage, and even the attic can be exposed to a range of temperatures and humidity. Dips or hikes in either of these can result in premature aging of tires. Storing tires outside is not recommended, even if they’re underneath a protective covering. The sun’s UV rays will penetrate the rubber, dry it out, and eventually break down the rubber compounds.

Store Tires in Plastic Bags

Tires do best when they are vacuum-sealed in plastic. An airtight space prevents oxygen from reaching the tires, slows down the oxidation process, and prevents the natural oils in your tires from drying out. You can buy specialty tire storage bags, but large black contractor garbage bags work just as well. Wrap each tire individually for best results.

Tires Mounted on Rims

Stacking tires or hanging them can cause deformities if they aren’t moved around regularly. Unfortunately, due to space constraints, this is the more obvious storage choice for many people. If that’s the case for you, just make sure to rotate the tire’s position once a month to ensure they keep their shape.

Tires In Long-Term Storage

Unused tires won’t last forever but following these few tips will help extend their shelf-life. In general, manufacturers say winter tires should last about six seasons. On the other hand, Transport Canada claims they could be good for up to 10 seasons!

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