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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 09, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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Question Stored car.... tires and flat spots

For those of you who live in climates where the car goes to bed for 6 months....
Do you experience your tires getting flat or dead spots over those months? Or do you lift the car to get the tires off the ground?

I know what SHOULD be done.... I'm just wondering if it's common to get flat spots or if it depends on tire age, tire model, manufacturer, type of floor\ground, etc.
I hate the mount new tires and let it sit all Winter on the floor with no miles on them. And I don't want to put the car up on stands either because I'll be in and out of it often.

I'm just curious if it's a wives tale or a real concern.

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Re: Stored car.... tires and flat spots

This is gonna sound dumb, but, when i lived in syracuse and had my car in the garage for 8 months!!... Hahaha..i would roll my car forward a half of clock revolution at a time, every two weeks.. To prevent that..
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Re: Stored car.... tires and flat spots

Not dumb at all. Good idea.
Another reason I don't want to prop the car up in because now that the engine\trans is in it's putting full weight on the Hotchkis springs. I WANT that weight on the suspension.
I'll just wait till Spring and get the tires mounted. I'm just anxious to see what it's gonna look like and looking for excuses.

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Re: Stored car.... tires and flat spots

It isn't uncommon for tires to flat spot due to its construction. The flat spots will go away once you drive the car and the tires get hot from normal driving. they will relax and you won't even know they had flat spotted. There is no reason to replace them for that. New cars at the dealership I work at sit for months at the time without being moved...lot rot...and once driven the problem corrects it self!
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Radial tires will become rounder quicker than a belted tire, but as said, once rolling and heat is generated, tires will be round.

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Re: Stored car.... tires and flat spots

Here in Phoenix I found that during the summer my tires will flat spot if I don't drive the car. I have 6 BFG tires now with minimal wear and permanent flat spots. I guess the 120 degree garage does not like the BFG's. They stay flat spotted......I have never been able to get rid of the flat spots and it does not happen to alll the tires??

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Re: Stored car.... tires and flat spots

Not really an issue with modern radials; any flat spots go away soon after you start driving. Bias ply are a different story. I have never put any of my cars with radials up during storage, and it is not an issue.

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Pump 'em up to max rated pressure on the sidewall. If you've got it in your main garage, get yourself a set of tire skates too. It's nice getting the car against the wall to get an extra three feet of space in my garage.

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Re: Stored car.... tires and flat spots

Oh believe me, I get it CLOSE to the wall...... back and forth, back and forth until a fly can't get in there.
I have to..... the wife parks her salt-spewing, snow puking behemoth in there during the winter.
I'm thinking of erecting a temporary plywood wall I can set between the cars.

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Here in Phoenix I found that during the summer my tires will flat spot if I don't drive the car. I have 6 BFG tires now with minimal wear and permanent flat spots. I guess the 120 degree garage does not like the BFG's. They stay flat spotted......I have never been able to get rid of the flat spots and it does not happen to alll the tires??
I have had the same problem with BFGs after letting a car sit - had to replace them.

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Alrighty then! Guess I'm going to curb my enthusiasm and wait till Spring to mount the tires.

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Re: Stored car.... tires and flat spots

My 69 sat for 8 months while I was waiting for a new engine build. The tires wound up permanently flat spotted.

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Alrighty then! Guess I'm going to curb my enthusiasm and wait till Spring to mount the tires.
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Oh believe me, I get it CLOSE to the wall...... back and forth, back and forth until a fly can't get in there.
I have to..... the wife parks her salt-spewing, snow puking behemoth in there during the winter.
I'm thinking of erecting a temporary plywood wall I can set between the cars.
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Oh believe me, I get it CLOSE to the wall...... back and forth, back and forth until a fly can't get in there.
I have to..... the wife parks her salt-spewing, snow puking behemoth in there during the winter.
I'm thinking of erecting a temporary plywood wall I can set between the cars.
No dollies? Just use a floor jack to move it. Piece of cake. No need to repetitively execute parallel parking techniques unless you need the practice.
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