Dryness is a problem that can damage tires, leading to cracks or holes in the rubber. Some of its main causes are low tire inflation, vehicle stopped for too long and high temperatures. Therefore, to prevent this from happening, it is important to keep the car clean, out of sunlight and the tires always well cared for.
Method 1 of 2: Preventing tires from drying out
Step 1. Clean the tires with water and mild detergent at least once a month
Dip a cloth into the solution, scrub the entire surface of the tire, then rinse with the garden hose. The mixture of water and detergent will clean the tires without harming the antioxidants that protect the rubber.
Regular cleaning of the tires helps to prevent the spread of the fungus responsible for drying out the rubber
Step 2. Apply a tire restorative product once a month.
After cleaning, apply a few drops of a water-based restorer to a cloth or sponge and cover the entire surface of the tires. Before driving the car again, wait about ten minutes for the product to have time to adhere to the wheels.
- Tire restorer can be found at most automotive supply stores. It is also known as "pretinho" or "tire conditioner".
- Tire restorer protects the wheels from UV rays, which is one of the main causes of rubber drying.
Step 3. Whenever you refuel your car, make sure your tires are properly inflated
If they are not filled well, they are more at risk of drying out and ending up sticking.
Step 4. Change the tires when they are worn out and too smooth to drive on the road
In addition to old tires being very dangerous due to wear on the treads, they also have a greater risk of drying out.
- If your vehicle is a pickup truck or a utility vehicle, you can check tire wear by inserting a dollar coin into the tire's central groove. If you can see the gold part of the coin, then it's time to buy new tires.
- To check tire wear on a large vehicle such as a truck, use a penny. If the face of the coin is completely visible, it is better to change the tires.
Method 2 of 2: Preventing Dry Out of Car Tires That Live in Park
Step 1. To prevent the tires of a vehicle that is parked from drying out, you should not leave it lying around for months on end
Since the rubber needs to be flexed for the protective antioxidants to reach the surface of the wheels, it is necessary to move the car at least once a month to keep the tires in good condition.
Even if the car is old and is always stored, try to get it out of the garage and drive it a few miles at least once a month. Doing so will help the rubber's antioxidants work more efficiently and keep the tires safer
Step 2. Keep the car out of direct sunlight
As UV rays are the main cause of dry tires, keep your vehicle in a garage or under a shed.
- If you don't have a garage or carport to store your car, many auto stores also sell wheel covers, which you can put on your tires to keep them protected from UV rays.
- If possible, always park your car in a garage. In addition to keeping you out of sunlight, this is also the safest option for your tyres.