How do I store my tires?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 by Mac McNabb
There are some basic principles to consider when storing your tires to ensure you get the full life out of them:

1. CLEAN! Begin by storing your tires in a clean evnvironment. Keeping your storage area clear of dirt and debris lowers the chances an object will be sitting under the sidewall, wearing at its integrity. Remember, gravity never stops pulling. Also, make sure the desgignated area is free of petroleum products such as gas and oil, as petroleum products can cause damage to the tire's rubber.

2. NO SUN! Keep your tires out of the sun. You should cover the tires and keep them in a shaded area. The sunlight can dry tires out prematurely, causing cracking andTire Storage Rack aggressive aging.

3. CLIMATE CONTROL! Even though the garage is acceptable for storing your tires, it would be best to store them in a climate controlled environment, such as your basement. It is important to note for residents in colder climates, that sub freezing temperatures in your garage can cause damage to an extreme summer tire or racing tire.

4. MOUNTED? This is based on whether or not the tire is loose or mounted. If it is mounted, you may stack them horizontally. If loose, vertical storage is recommended so the weight of the tire doesn't cause stretching or flattening of the sidewall that can lead to difficulties during installation.

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Comments on How do I store my tires?

Monday, March 19, 2012 by Kevin:
For mounted winter tires, should I store them properly inflated or let some air out?
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Properly inflated. This will help keep them from deforming while in storage.
Friday, October 5, 2012 by Frank:
Would Pilot Super Sports be damaged storing over winter in an unheated garage?
Monday, October 8, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Frank it is ideal to keep them in a more moderate temperature, such as your basement. But they will not be harmed in the same sense that a race tire would be, where there is the risk of the compound growing brittle in the cold and cracking. -ben@tirerack.com
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by john:
Hi i just found your blog and was wondering... if being stored in the garage for unmounted all season tires, how long can those tires be kept unused before being unusable? i will have to stack them horizontally due to space issues.
Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Tires are typically stored off season for four to eight months at a time. For example, summer/all-season tires are stored for four/five months when the winter tires are in use, and winter tires are stored seven/eight months when the summer/all-season tires are in use.

We don’t know your tires age or exact storage conditions, so we can’t offer an absolute storage recommendation for tires that have already seen service on a vehicle. However we don’t recommend storing tires for longer periods than indicated above. Periodically exercising tires by driving on them helps them stay serviceable.

While vertical storage is recommended so the weight of the tire doesn't cause stretching or flattening of the sidewall on loose tires that can lead to difficulties during installation, so if you stack unmounted tires horizontally, many tire manufacturers recommend not stacking them over four high and restacking the pile a couple of times a year to reposition all of the tires within the stack.

Important Notes: If either of the below recommendation apply to the tires you are storing, we recommend replacement according to the vehicle/tire manufacturer’s recommendation.

Several vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing tires after they have been in service for six years (it’s important to recognize Original Equipment tires are installed on a vehicle and put into service immediately after vehicle manufacturer receives them).

Several tire manufacturers recommend replacing tires ten years from when they were manufactured, regardless of remaining tread depth. For new tires properly stored in a manufacturer’s or distributor’s warehouse, this includes up to several years of storage before the tires were first mounted, as well as the time they spend in service.

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