When making the switch between your all-season and winter tires, how do you make sure the tires you"ve stowed away aren't going to be affected by elements like heat and light that hasten aging? The pros at Fuccillo Mitsubishi in Adams share some insider tips with you.
1. Take the weight off the tires
This is especially true when you are storing your vehicle for a long period of time. The inactivity proves to be more damaging than the wear and tear incurred with weekly routines. This is because the constant weight creates flatspots and ages its rubber in a prematurely. Put the car on jack stands instead and store the wheels separately; the plastic tire rests will not only be expensive, but also not as effective as you want.
2. Don't forget to clean them
Your tires still have the grime, dirt, and brake dust accumulated with driving. Given that you are storing them away and won't be likely to require their services anytime soon, it is best to clean them thoroughly. If you let them stick to the tires for the period, your tires will likely be damaged when you need them. After you have cleaned them, avoid the tire-dressing products and see that there isn't any moisture remaining on them.
3. Put them in a bag
It is not essential that you place each tire into an opaque, plastic bag, but it is advisable. You can use a vacuum cleaner to keep them airtight before taping it shut. The technique is valuable because it keeps the rubber oils from evaporating and thus prevents the dry/crack that you see in tires, which have been stored inappropriately, exposed to moisture and humidity fluctuations. Do not purchase the totes, which even as they seem to be a more convenient option for easy carrying and transportation, aren't airtight and protective.
Additionally, you can also mark them in the position they have been taken from, like left front or left rear, so you may be able to rotate or replace them accordingly the next time.
4. Consider a cool and dry place to store them
Put them in direct range of UV rays and you can observe for yourself how quickly the rubber deteriorates while soaking up the heat! A cool and dry environment like a climate-controlled workshop/garage or even your basement can be suitable for them. Note, a standard garage can be just as harmful as storing them in an attic or outdoors can be because then your tires experience extreme seasonal conditions. Likewise, do not place them near machinery like furnaces or pumps that produce ozone and thus damage your tires.
If you don't have a place to store them indoors, ask your car dealership or mechanic for specialized facilities nearby for tire storage. They will also perform a detailed inspection to check if it's in good condition or not and be extra mindful when stacking our white letter tires. All these precautionary measure can slow down the aging process of your tires.
For more advice, contact the technicians at Fuccillo Mitsubishi in Adams.
Fuccillo Mitsubishi: New York State’s new & used auto dealer specializing in Mitsubishi cars, hybrids, cross-overs, SUVs, and electric cars. Search for a new or used Mitsubishi Galant, Eclipse, Endeavor, i-MiEV, Lancer, Outlander, Spyder; and more. Or search for a used vehicle. Schedule a test drive; research features; get prices; and arrange financing. Located in Watertown, New York. Serving Syracuse, Rochester, Adams, Rome, Fort Drum, Liverpool, Cicero and Utica, NY.
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