Where to start
It is important to think about the spring before the winter, in particular if you have machines that will be stored in a garage for several months. Ideally, these machines would be raised and stored so their wheels do not touch the ground, yet this is not feasible in the majority of cases and so we recommend increasing the pressure in the tyres to the permitted maximum before they are parked for long periods. During the winter you should also check that the pressure in the tyres is not falling. Prolonged parking on underinflated (or completely deflated) tyres can cause flat spots on the tyres. Subsequently, when the tyre is reinflated and the machine put back into use, these flat spots can cause vibration, noise and wheel wobble. In short, uncomfortable operation.
The tyre and its memory
Yes, it is true. A tyre has a “memory” and retains its shape from the position in which it was left stationary for a long time. If there is a flat spot on a tyre, a short (around 60-minute) drive at minimum inflation pressure for the given vehicle can help, as it will heat up the carcass, restoring its elasticity and correcting the flat spot.
Before you head out in the spring
The absolute first thing that needs doing before the first drive is a check of the correct pressure in the tyres. When doing so, you should take into account the conditions where the machine will be used and adjust the inflation pressure accordingly. You can also use the Mitas mobile app to assess the correct pressure for different loads and speeds. Just remember that the pressure in the tyres is also affected by the outside temperature, and so you need to check it regularly (ideally daily).
You should also perform a thorough visual check of your tyres, including the sidewalls and the tread. This will help you uncover defects like bulges or cracks on the sidewall or uneven tread wear. If you see a problem, consult your Mitas tyre dealer. You should also remove any small objects stuck in the tread.
Also check such trifles as the valve cap. The valve is a sensitive part, and if the cap is missing even a small impact can cause pressure loss and thus underinflation, making the tyre prone to damage.
Don’t forget the rims
The bottom line is that proper (yet still taking only a few minutes) care for your tyres should be a daily ritual. In return you will benefit from long tyre working life and retention of their valuable properties.