Spring is fast approaching and if those snowstorms back east finally give it a rest, you'll be swapping out your winter tires soon (fingers crossed!)
After a winter like we've had, you'll want to take some extra time to store your winter tires properly, in order to prolong their life (and help save you money).
Here are some FAQ about tire storage.
How should I prepare my tires for storage?
- Thoroughly clean the winter grime from your tires and make sure to remove any brake dust, which can be corrosive. If your tires are mounted on wheels, be sure to clean the wheels as well with a cleaner approved for use with that type of wheel.
- Make sure your tires are completely dry. Then, seal each tire up in an opaque plastic bag, removing as much air as possible (some folks use a vacuum cleaner to get the air out).
- Be sure and mark each tire bag with the tire's original position (Front Left, Back Right, etc.), so that you can replace or rotate your tires come next winter. Now your tires are ready for storage!
How should I store my tires?
It's always best to stack your tires rather of resting them on the tread - resting them on the tread can create flat spots. You can store your wrapped tires on the floor and stack them up to four high.
Where should I store my tires?
Any cool dry space will do - ideally you'll be able to store them indoors where the temperature and humidity level is controlled and they won't be in the sun.
You should also try not to store your tires near any appliance with an electric motor, like a furnace or hot water heater. These motors produce ozone, which can be very bad for tires.
More tire questions? Every other Tuesday, tire expert John Mahler shares his vast tire knowledge with us on the Ultra 94 Facebook page and answers reader questions. Be sure and check it out - and happy spring driving!
- Rose R.