How to Store Seasonal Tires and TPMS Sensors
If you are using more than one set of tires (summer and winter), you have likely had to figure out where to store each set after a seasonal tire change. However, have you ever considered how to store your seasonal tires properly? Did you know that proper storage of your tires can prolong their lifespan and therefore save you extra cash?
Below are 5 easy tips on how to store your tires and TPMS sensors correctly, to ensure you get the most life out of them.
1. Clean the Tires Before Storing
Make sure to clean the tires using a brush, water, and a special detergent. This will help to remove dirt and road grime, to avoid any harmful effects of corrosion and material deterioration, etc. Make sure to dry the tires properly after cleaning.
2. Bag the Tires
Right after drying your tires, make sure you wrap them in a plastic bag. This will help to further protect them from getting dirty and from other weather or environmental conditions such as sun, humidity, rain, etc. Bagging the tires also makes it easier to carry them to their storage location.
3. Choose a Cool, Dry Storage Location
Make sure your storage location is cool and dry, like a garage or climate-controlled basement. Try to avoid storing them outdoors or any place where they can be affected by heat, humidity, cold or water.
4. Store Them in the Correct Position
Positioning tires correctly can be equally important, to ensure they don’t distort or get damaged. The best way to store tires is to stack or hang them. If you are stacking them, make sure they are not stacked too high and if you are hanging them, make sure they are secured properly.
5. Do Not Forget about the TPMS
When installing a brand-new set of wheels, you can have your existing TPMS sensors transferred to the new set. However, to avoid premature failure of the tire pressure monitoring sensors, ask the service technician to replace the service pack of the sensors each time a tire is removed from the rim.
Before installing the tires, make sure technicians check the TPMS sensor battery using a proper diagnostic tool and do a visual inspection of the sensors for deterioration, corrosion, or other types of damage.
Author: Mariam Lochoshvili