How to Avoid Flat Spots on Tyres


If laying your car up for a period of more than a couple of weeks, it will be beneficial to over-inflate the tyres by about 10psi, providing this doesn’t exceed the maximum pressure marked on the sidewall. Keep them topped-up and periodically jack and rotate each wheel to ensure it doesn’t sit too long on one spot.

Alternatively, you could elevate the car on axle stands – but this may have a negative effect on suspension bushes, which don’t like to be held outside their normal range of movement for too long. The best solution, though, is to get a set of old wheels and tyres and fit them over the winter. Stack the good wheels and tyres horizontally and keep them out of direct sunlight.

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2 Responses to “How to Avoid Flat Spots on Tyres”
  1. Tom Kirkland
    Tom Kirkland

    I am a 86 year old very active pensioner living in South Africa — I an presently restoring a 1968 MGB Roadster for a School mate of mine, who is rather handicapped with little strength in his arms.
    This car was totally stripped 12 years ago, and most Essential parts were purchased at that time — He is very meticulous and wants this car to be a Winner at the MG Concourse, when finished.
    My main problem now is finding the correct Route for the New Wiring Harness. It is a Cloth version supplied by Moss in UK. It is in 2 sections, one from the rear meeting the Main harness to the Dash and to the front.
    He is a perfectionist and wants this done correctly, so the routing is essential. Can you HELP????
    I have rebuilt several vehicles in the past. The last was a 1933 Morris 10. I am also very proud of my “workmanship” So I need help in this area.

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