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Your Local Dealer is: Spitz Auto Parts, Irwin Pa. 1-800-637-AUTO (724) 863-8108
Off vehicle storage

• Stored tires should be protected against sunlight, ozone, and extreme temperatures.

• Store tires in an area that is clean, cool, dark, and well ventilated, but with a minimum of circulating
air. Avoid areas that are wet, humid, oily, greasy, or in direct sunlight. Do not store in the same
area as an electric motor or other ozone generating source. If there is a question, check the ozone
level to be sure it does not exceed 0.08 ppm.

• As a rule, tires should be stored in an upright position to prevent distortion or disfiguration and to
make mounting work easier. If it is necessary to store tires in a horizontal position, be sure to stack
passenger car and light truck radial tires no higher than one meter (@ 3 feet), and radial truck tires
no higher than one and one-half meters ( 4 1/2 feet).

• When storing tires that have been inflated, deflate to fifty percent of the normal pressure. Keep
valve caps in place.

• Store unwrapped whitewall/raised white letter tires with white sidewalls facing each other to avoid
staining them through contact with the black rubber of the other tires.

On vehicle storage

• Long term storage, or storage of seasonal vehicles, RV's, and trailers requires special preparations.

• Vehicles should be raised on blocks, so weight is removed from the tires.

• If blocking is not possible, tire pressure should be increased 25%.
Vehicles should be moved every three months to prevent flat spotting and ozone cracking at the tire sidewall flex point.
Flat spots usually disappear, when the tires warm-up, after a 25+ mile drive.
Flat spotting, which occurs on vehicles not moved for six, or more months may not disappear.

• Tires on vehicles stored out-of-doors, should be protected by opaque covers to prevent damage from sunlight.

• Tire pressure needs to be adjusted to required inflation before the vehicle is returned to service.