Care Guide

The Storage Story

Michelin 18 May 2010

Storage Story

Tyre Handling and Storage

The life expectancy of your tyres is impossible to predict.  You can increase the life and performance of your tyres, however, by properly handling and storing them when they are not in use.

When tyres sit outdoors, unused for long periods of time (a month or more), their surfaces become dry and surface cracks can appear. For this reason, tyres should always be stored in a cool, dry, clean, indoor environment.

Take the weight of their feet

If storage is for one month or more, eliminate the load on the tyres by raising the vehicle or by removing the tyres from the vehicle. If not, it could result in damage, premature aging or sudden tyre failure.

Winter Storage

Keep them out of harm's way

When tyres are stored, be sure they are placed away from heat caused by hot pipes and electric generators. Be sure that the storage surfaces are clean and free from grease, petrol or other substances that could deteriorate the rubber. Tyres exposed to these materials during storage could be subject to sudden failure when they're driven on again. 

Stacking and Handling

Do not stack tyres in piles over long periods. Try to avoid crushing your tyres under heavy objects. Accessories should be stored in their original packaging, on surfaces that don't present any danger from cutting, tearing or perforation. When handling tyres and accessories, use equipment that will not harm them. When handling tyres, it is recommend that you use protective gloves and clothing.

Short-term storage

Tyres may be stacked on top of each other in piles no higher than 1.2 metres (4ft), preferably on pallets. Reverse the order of the tyres every four weeks. When tyres are mounted on rims, store them inflated in a vertical position or in a single row on shelves.

Long-term storage

For longer-term storage, place tyres vertically on racks raised at least 10cm (4") above floor level. Slightly rotate them once a month to avoid distortion. If a fitted tyre is not used for a longer period of time, check the pressure regularly and maintain it at level recommended by the manufacturer.

Storing Cold Weather tyres

Following these few storage precautions will enable you to keep your Cold Weather tyres in perfect condition:

  • Before removing your tyres, note their position on your car. This will allow you to swap your front tyres to the back next winter, to balance their wear.
  • Clean your wheels and tyres with water and dry them well to limit any corrosion.
  • Remove any stones or debris that have been trapped in the tyre grooves.
  • If your tyres are fitted on rims, hang them up or lay them down. If they are not fitted, store them standing up or flat.
  • Store your tyres away from light; ideally in a cool, dry area. Above all, don’t store them near solvents (fuel, oils, etc.).

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