How to store rubber without discs

Twice a year, motorists face the issue of replacing tires, and with it the issue of storage. What is the best way to prepare rubber for a well-deserved rest so that it does not lose its properties, and you - money? Are there any features in the conditions and place of "conservation" of tires without wheels? Read the answers in our article.

The consequences of improper storage of tires

Correctly how spoke on car websites selected tires corresponding to the parameters of the car and the season provide a reliable and safe ride. So that an unused set of tires does not lose its properties, you need to know where and how to store it correctly and what exactly cannot be done.

Often car owners make the same mistakes. Let's analyze them:

  1. when "preserving" rubber without discs, place them in a pile lying on top of each other;
  2. place tires in a small opening, where they are difficult to fit;
  3. leave heavy things on the tires;
  4. contain rubber under the sun or near the battery;
  5. store tires in a room with high humidity;
  6. place tires next to chemicals, solvents, oil products.

The first three points lead to tire deformation, the fourth to dry out (and then to cracks), the fifth to rust, the sixth to the loss of their properties. As a result of this, the following problems arise with the bus:

How to choose a place to contain rubber without discs?

It is worth worrying about where you leave tires without wheels for storage in advance. Car owners are very inventive on ideas, so let's look at good places for the “conservation" of tires and not really. So, where exactly is better not to leave tires:

  1. The platform on the stairs, the corridor near your apartment - the lack of favorable living conditions, inconvenience for other residents - tires can interfere with them.
  2. An unheated garage or an unglazed balcony - as in the first paragraph, there are no necessary conditions, the rubber may crack, corrosion may occur.
  3. Near the radiator, battery and other sources of heat - the tire loses its elasticity, "tanning".
  4. Shelves with sharp corners and protrusions, uneven surfaces - deformation of tires.

Where is best to store tires.

First, about the permissible conditions. It’s good if it is a ventilated room where constant humidity (this is about 60%) and temperature (permissible limit +10 - +25 degrees) are kept. And, as we wrote above, rubber should be hidden from exposure to ultraviolet radiation. So, you can consider the following options:

  1. Pantry.
  2. Heated, glazed balcony or garage.
  3. The dried cellar.
  4. Specialized tire center.

The advantages of the first three options are obvious - they will not require cash investments. But there is also a fat minus - you will have to create and regularly monitor the necessary storage conditions yourself. In addition, rubber needs a lot of space, and sometimes you want to take it with other things.

Having given tires to the tire center, you can not worry about anything: the conditions for the "holidays" will be met as required by the manufacturer's regulations. You can also clarify the possibility of transferring rubber for maintenance to the service center where you service the car. Most often, large technical centers provide this service completely free of charge.

Features of storage of rubber sets

To begin with, it is worth saying that the conditions for maintaining a winter kit without discs will differ significantly from the conditions for a summer one. The state of the first will have to devote more time and be more responsible. The first thing to worry about is the temperature and the amount of humidity in the room, as well as the position of the tires and protecting them from overheating. 

Each type of tire needs to be stored in conditions close to operational, that is, winter tires should be kept cool, and summer tires should be kept warm. 

And many car experts recommend storing a winter set of tires only on disks and thoroughly clean the tread from dirt before the "vacation" (they have a deeper one). Such shoes should be protected from ultraviolet radiation and overheating, because riding on ice and snow requires elasticity from rubber, and when heated, it “dubs”. Such tires are not able to provide a good grip on the road. So it is dangerous to use.

Differences in seasonal rubber from each other are manifested not only in the operational data, but also in the composition that is used to manufacture the product. Summer shoes can withstand the effects of high temperatures, but despite this, you need to remember that it should be stored in a dry and dark place, at a temperature not lower than zero. And of course, remove diesel fuel and other chemical products to another room. This rule applies to the winter tire kit.

There are also differences in the "conservation" of tires on wheels and without them. We consider the last option in more detail. But first about the preparation.

Preparation of tires for the "vacation"

Before sending a shoe for a well-deserved rest, it is necessary to clean it of dirt / reagents / stones and mark which wheel: with two capital letters, the front right one is PP, the left front one is LP, etc. It will not be superfluous to inspect the tires thoroughly, whether there are serious injuries or cuts, in order to be sure of the possibility of further operation before the new season or to prepare for possible financial expenses for replacing the kit.

Finally, treat the rubber with a silicone, this will protect it from aging. The choice of funds should also be taken responsibly. Sometimes it can be confused with a spray for blackening rubber. They contain a solvent, and, as we already wrote, it is contraindicated for tires.


As you have already seen, the placement of tires for storage is not difficult and does not take much time. The main thing is to worry about this in advance and using our recommendations to choose the best place. If it’s easier for you to “give and forget”, then it is better to contact a specialized bus center. Remember, with proper and timely care, tires will last much longer.