TTAC Commentator Arthur Dailey writes:
Here is a timely question, as up here in snow country we are now packing away our “summer” tires. What is the best way, scientifically, to store tires? I traditionally have:
- Stored them on their rims
- Removed the plastic tire bag (learned this the hard way when a set of rims “rotted” one summer
- Wiped down/washed the rims to take off any salt
- Let out about 4 to 5 psi from each tire
- Stored them in our attached, unheated garage
- Placed rubber mats under them so that they are not in contact with the cement
- Placed old sheets over them so that they are not in direct sunlight
Previously I stored them stacked on their sides. All 4 wheels/rims from each vehicle in one column, on top of each other, using a tire storage “pole” bought from Canadian Tire. Last winter I stored them vertically (meaning I just rolled them in beside each other), but on the rubber mats and under the sheets.
So what is the best way? And how often should they be rotated/moved?
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