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THE IMPORTANCE OF STORAGE

Tyres can deteriorate if stored incorrectly, particularly in tropical-like climates. They can be affected by ozone, wind, oil, dust, humidity, sunlight and water.

LOOSE TYRES

Store tyres in a covered, open, dry and shaded area, where there are no significant air currents. If the tyres are going to be stored in the open air, then cover them with a tarpaulin or other type of waterproof material. It is vital to keep water from getting into the inside of the tyres; somtimes this can be prevented by fitting tubes into the tyres and inflating to about 1.04bar (15psi) (just for storage purposes) and covering the tyres.

Store the tyres away from electical equipment such as motors and generators as these areas can be ozonal.

Petrol and oil can be absorbed by rubber leading to deterioration; so keep stocks away from these substances and check regularly that there are no spillages in the vicinity.

Stack tyres in vertical rows and avoid where possible the piling of tyres as this can cause distortion contributing to damage from climatic conditions. Some tubeless tyres may be banded to prevent distortion and these bands should not be removed until the tyre is to be mounted on the rim.

Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers and other fire fighting equipment should be kept and maintained in the tyre storage area.

MOUNTED TYRES

If a vehicle is to be kept for a long period off the road with the wheels and tyres in situ, put the vehicle on blocks in such a way that no weight bears on the tyres. Lower the air pressure to around 1.04bar (15psi).

If the vehicle cannot be put on blocks, then check the tyres regularly and maintain air pressures at normal working levels. Cover each tyre with waterproof material.

Move the vehicle every month so that the tyre area bearing the weight is altered regularly.

TUBES

Leave new tubes in their bags or boxes until required. Keep in dry, open conditions (used tubes being kept should be deflated, cleaned and stored similar to new tubes).



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