If you are driving chances are you’ve encountered some nasty winter weather, which means you need to have a set of seasonal tires to drive safely on Indian roads. When winter is over, you need to put your summer tires back on your car and put your winter tires in storage. That’s a great start, but too many people end their winter tire storage process right there. To properly store your seasonal tires in the summer and your regular tires in the winter, so you don’t need to replace them as often, follow these tips:
Wash and Treat Your Tires
Before you put your tires away for storage, make sure you wash and treat them. Tires made of natural and synthetic rubber can dry out completely during storage. If they dry out, it can lead to rot and cracks, which is obviously not good for the health of your tires. Treat your tires with tire cleaner and wipe off the residue. Next, spray some tire dressing on the rubber. This tire dressing will soak into the rubber to keep it from drying out during storage.
When your tires are on the road, they can collect a lot of dirt which can reduce their quality. Wash them with detergent, wash them, and make sure they are completely dry before putting them away.
Under-inflated tires can develop flat spots when stored away for the season. To make sure your tires are in working condition when you put them back in your car, make sure you have good tire pressure and that your tires are fully inflated. Fully inflated tires in storage will also help them retain their rounded shape!
Inspect Them With Your Own Eyes
Check every part of your tire that you can see with your naked eye. Check the tread, sidewall, and bead for any damage or excessive wear. If you notice that your tires are damaged in any way before being put in storage, this gives you plenty of time to replace them if you need to. If you notice uneven wear on your tires, visit an auto shop to have your alignment, suspension, and wheel bearings checked so that your other tires don’t meet the same fate.
Label Your Tires
When you go to put your tires away, label your tires so you know where they were in your vehicle before you unloaded them. Use FR for the front right, BL for the rear left, etc. You don’t want to mess up your tire rotation schedule by changing tires too soon.
Keep the Tire Flat
Keep your tires upright in your storage area. This will prevent your tires from suffering from flat spots, plus it will prevent them from rolling around in storage. Put your tires in a bag, and lay them on a piece of plywood to keep them clean until they hibernate.