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Tire Storage Advice

Tires will age regardless of how much or how little use they get. With this in mind it is particularly important that special care is given to tires stored for extended periods of time; this may be anywhere from several weeks through to an entire winter period.

The following storage advice will allow you to prolong the integrity and safety of the tires:

  • Storage temperature should ideally be below 25°C and above 0°C. If a tire is marked with a Green Tread Print on the tread or carries a technical advice label; this denotes that special care is required (Ref. Green Tread Print Tyres – Technical Advice).
  • The storage area must be dry and well ventilated to stop any build up of moisture or condensation
  • Tires should not be stored in direct sunlight but instead should be kept in low ambient light environments
  • Store tires away from any ozone producing electrical items such as generators, motors and fluorescent lamps
  • Solvents, fuels, lubricants, chemicals, acids and disinfectants need to be kept away from the tires
  • For short periods (up to 4 weeks) tires can be stacked on top of each other; preferably on pallets, to a height not exceeding 1.2 metres. The order in which they are stacked must be reversed every few weeks.
  • If the tires are to be stored mounted on rims they must be inflated to the recommended manufacturer pressures and placed upright against one another.
  • For longer storage periods, the tires must be stored upright on shelves in a single row at least 10 cm above ground level. To avoid shape deformation you will need to rotate the tires on the shelves every four weeks.

Technical advice labelled tires

Green Tread Print found on certain products denote the fact that the compound is temperature sensitive and the recommendations for correct use and handling of the product need to be adhered to in cold environments.

Caution! The rubber compounds used in this tire have unique properties which may have reduced flexibility when exposed to temperature below 10oC/50oF. As a result incorrect handling of this tire may result in cracking of the tread compound.

To minimise the possibility of damage to the tire at low temperatures please follow the instructions below:

  • These tires should always be stored at temperatures above 10oC/50oF.
  • Before fitting or removal from the wheel rim, these tires should ideally be stored for 24 hours at 20oC/68oF.