How to Store Tires

Published on 11/13/2019
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How to Store Tires

Winter is coming up, and that means it’s time to start preparing your vehicle and toys for storage. If you use more than one set of tires, such as winter tires or all-season tires, it’s important to store them correctly. By doing so, you’ll get the most out of your tire’s life and save the hassle and money of replacing them. Here are several tips on how to get the most out of your tires by storing them properly. 

Clean Tires Before Storing

As with anything you store, cleaning tires before long term storage is important. Dirt, dust, and grime left on the tires can cause damage when it sits too long. Wash the tires with soap and water or a wheel cleaner. Make sure to let them completely dry before storing them. Water left in the tire will cause damage as well. If you don’t have time to let the tires completely dry, wipe them down with a towel and get as much water off as you can. 

Storing a Vehicle

If you have to store a vehicle long term, make sure to give the tires a break. The constant weight of the vehicle on the tires can cause stress and damage. If possible, periodically move the vehicle or take it out on a short drive. By rotating the tires you will relieve stress on them and keep them from wearing out too quickly.

Spare or Loose Tires

Tires that are not on a vehicle will have a completely different storing method. Once the tires are clean and dry, the best way to store them is in an airtight bag. A dark lawn or garden bag works great for this. Try to remove as much air from the bag, some people like to use a vacuum to suck out the air. Once you’ve removed as much air as possible, tie the bag and secure it with tape. 


Tire totes are a convenient way to store and carry tires as well. However, most tire totes are not airtight. It’s still recommended to bag the tires in an airtight bag before putting them in the tire totes. This will make them convenient to carry, while also keeping your tires secure, and clean when they aren’t in use. 


If your tires are still mounted on the rims, they should be stored by stacking or hanging. But, unmounted tires should never be hung or stacked. It can cause stress, distortion, and damage to them. Unmounted tires should always be stored upright. Do not stack your tires too high, because if they fall over, it could damage the tires. By storing the tires properly, you will avoid damage and extend the life of your tires. 

Other Storing Tips

With the previous tips, your tires will be securely stored. But, there are a couple more tricks to protect your tires in storage. When it’s time to put your tires away, store them in a cool or dry place. Avoid any place that can get extreme weather like heat, cold, humidity, or excess water. All these extremes can damage your tires. Sun is also damaging for tires, and if left in direct sun the rubber can break down. By keeping your tires out of the sun, you will prevent damage that can ruin your tires. 


By following these tips and tricks, you will be able to get the most out of your tires. Properly storing tires is important, and with these tips, you’ll be an expert! A storage unit is a great option for storing tires because they keep the rain out and the sun off your items. To learn more about our storage units at BC Storage Otterbein, visit our rent page.