Store tires, but correctly!

This is the best way to store tires

Every six months, the time has come: The OO rule recommendsto change the tires again. The proper storage of summer or winter tires is at least as important as changing.

Once the wheels have been removed, check the tire pressure and if necessary increase it by 0,5 Bar. Cleaning with water and mild soap is also recommended before storing. All stones should be removed from the profile. In this step you can also check the tire for dents or cracks.

  • By law, a minimum tread depth of 1,6 millimeters, the ADAC recommends 4 millimeters. The depth of the profile can be easily checked with a one-euro coin: the width of the golden rim is approximately 4 millimeters thick, so simply hold the coin in the profile and read it.
  • After six years, you are required to renew the tire, no matter how good the condition is. The date of manufacture is indicated by the DOT number engraved on the tire sidewall. It consists of a four-digit number. The first two digits represent the last two digits for the calendar week in which the tire was produced.

What does proper storage mean?

The regulation DIN 7716 gives a basic orientation, what proper storage looks like, The bike should be stored in a dry and cool environment, for example in a basement or in a garage. In the long term it is worthwhile to rent a garage as it represents the ideal environment for the car and its accessories. A look at the portal showsthat the costs are within reasonable limits. Other important aspects of correct storage:

  • Protection from UV light. Tires should be stored in the dark. Sunlight or artificial light with too high UV content can affect the material.
  • Protection against chemical evaporation. Oils, greases, varnishes or fuels can exude fumes that can damage the material. It is particularly important to avoid ozone - it is secreted by some machines.

There are two ways to store the tires. If you still have rims, you should stack them horizontally, preferably on a wooden pallet and at a height that does not exceed 120 centimeters. An alternative are wall brackets. The advantage here is that no pressure is exerted on the tires. In both cases you should periodically change the position of the tires so they will not deform.









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