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Old 09-13-2012, 10:42 AM   #1
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Let out Air for tire storage?

Its been a while since my car has driven and due to the recent video that TireRack posted made me think I should do something better to take care of my tires. got 4 brand new tires May of last year and car broke down 2 days later (still have stickers on the tread). the Vehicle is completely off the ground, back two tires are on the vehicle while the front two are off and sitting on their sides.

All tires are at their regulated air pressure. In a half submerged cool garage. after reading the following article: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=37 i think the only thing I really need to do is add put them in air tight plastic bags.

Only question I have that was not answered in the thread is should I let out the air and store the tires with the valve cores removed? or is it better to keep them under pressure to maintain the bead better? Does it mater? Just had some of these thoughts while sitting at work.


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Old 09-13-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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Just keep them full of air, and NOT supporting a vehicle.
Really, it probably matters as much as what color the paint in the garage is.
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How long do you intend to store the car? Keeping the tires out of wide temperature extremes is key (a cool dry location). Keeping the car off the tires is a good idea as well especially for extended storage periods. I'd also keep them at normal inflation pressures on or off the car. In addition, do not let the suspension droop as this is hard on the shocks and bushings. Place some blocks under the control arms to prevent this. In extended storage situations its best to remove the tires primarily for suspension reasons.

I've stored my Miata every year for the last five years. It's kept in a garage on its tires for about six months. I inflate the tires to the recommended PSI and change the engine oil before I do so. When I pull it out in the spring I check the tire pressures once more and just drive the car at slow speeds to allow them to gradually warm the tires should any flat spotting had occured. The current set of tires have been through three storage cycles and the tires are doing just fine.
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:27 PM   #4
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Well its been 15 months thus far and will be done in about 1 year... so another 12 months. The whole front suspension is off the car so no worry about droop their.

I may be replacing the rear suspension with poly bushings and some adjustable arms and such. But will pull those tires off when I get home tonight.

So sounds like I am good. Just need to get a some large bags to put them in.
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