How to Store Summer Tires in Winter

Switch over to your winter tires from summer tires is simple with Audi Exchange. Our service experts know to do and how to care for your all-season tires over the cold, winter months.

Keep Your Tires Clean

Tires gather dirt, road grime, dust and more during normal and heavy driving lifestyles. Letting these elements sit on your tires for months without cleaning can cause long-term tire damage. To ensure your tire health during winter storage, use soap, water, a wheel cleaner, and a tire brush to clean your tires and wheels before putting them away. Dry your tires completely before long-term storage to prevent any future damage. 

Keep Your Tires Stored in Dark, Plastic Bags

Your best storage resource can be lawn or garden bags. Place your all-season tires in the bags, sealing them with tape while removing as much air as possible. Airtight tire preservation helps to prevent any of the tire oils from evaporating during storage. Be sure to reduce the stress of your tires with proper storage. Tires stored off the rims should be kept upright, and mounted tires should be stored stacked. Hanging tires is also an option for mounted tires; however, do not store unmounted tires hanging by hooks. This can distort their shape permanently.

Keep Your Tires Out of Direct Sunlight

Do not store your tires in an area where they will be exposed to direct sunlight. Tires are black, and their dark surfaces absorb heat quickly. They can heat up to 120 degrees! Combined with the sun's UV rays, this can cause tire rubber to breakdown during storage. It is important to store them in a cool, dry place like a basement or garage. Ensure they are kept away from any ozone sources including electric motors, furnaces, sump pumps, and more.

Contact our team at Audi Exchange in Highland Park, IL for any of your winter tire and tire storage questions. Your vehicle health and happiness are our paramount priority, and we are happy to help you in any way we can!


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