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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 10, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Car tire sits long periods ?

When a car sits most of the time for long periods of times, what is the proper way of putting it up ? I mean i read somewhere you are suppose to put he car up on jacks or on ramps so the tires won't get messed up. Does anyone know the proper way to take care of tires if they will sit for a while. If you use the car on weekends only does this even apply ? Thanks for your time guysl.


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 10, 04:12 PM
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Re: Car tire sits long periods ?

Generally you won't have any problem with radials sitting around w/o driving,it's only the older bias-ply tires that flat spot but usually a few miles of driving gets them back to their round,normal self...

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Re: Car tire sits long periods ?

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When a car sits most of the time for long periods of times, what is the proper way of putting it up ? ...
... If you use the car on weekends only does this even apply ? ...
If you're driving it every weekend or two it should be just fine
Like said - it's the old 'bias' tires that would "flat-spot" or deform after long sitting periods.

Biggest thing is to keep them properly inflated so they don't go down on the bead and/or distort the sidewall over long periods - I have heard this can lead to delamination of the sidewall, even in radials.
^^^ Because of the above - I tend to raise things like my boat trailers (and other vehicles) that won't move for a long period and put blocks under the axles and suspension to keep the tires just clear of the ground.
I just lowered my ski-boat back onto it's launch carrage last weekend. I bet the tires on that are @10~12 years old now and have only seen a highway once, they still look fine - but will never see a road again in their life ...

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Re: Car tire sits long periods ?

i you use the car on weekends dont worry about it

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 10, 07:28 AM
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Re: Car tire sits long periods ?

Never worried about it with modern tires, I leave mine for 6 months at a time for years, never a issue.
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The Kuhmo's on my 1998 SL500 got flat spots from sitting in winters!
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Re: Car tire sits long periods ?

I never had a problem even from over the winter. However, when my car sat for 8-9 months I did wind up with permanent flat spots. Even having a road force balance didn't eliminate a shake I'd get at 40 mph.

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