2010 Hyundai Elantra Tires after a month

Tiny
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  • 2010 HYUNDAI ELANTRA
  • 4 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 10,000 MILES
If you let a car sit for a month(when out of town) will that usually have any ill effects on the tires or should they hold up fine?
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Friday, October 31st, 2014 AT 11:05 PM

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Tiny
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Besides tread wear, tires wear out from the constant flexing of the sidewalls twice per wheel rotation. That wear is not taking place when the car sits. You also have to consider the sun beating down on them. That leads to dry-rot and lots of fine cracks in the rubber. If that gets bad enough, it can lead to a blowout. We don't see much of that because the tread wears out much sooner and the tires get replaced.

What would probably concern me more for any newer car that sits that long is the battery running down. Due to the memory circuits in the numerous computers, unless specified differently by the manufacturer, a good, fully-charged battery should be able to crank the engine well enough for starting after sitting for three weeks. Most cars can go longer than that but six to eight weeks would be pushing your luck.
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Friday, October 31st, 2014 AT 11:14 PM
Tiny
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The car will be in a close garage so there will be no sun effects. So other than the battery (which I could disconnect) it should be cool for 1 month?
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Friday, October 31st, 2014 AT 11:20 PM
Tiny
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Also, 1 month won't cause flat spots?
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Friday, October 31st, 2014 AT 11:31 PM
Tiny
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I no longer recommend disconnecting the battery. I haven't heard this yet about Hyundai, but some manufacturers have begun to purposely design in tricks to separate owners from their money after the sale. One of those tricks is that radios and computers lock up and can only be unlocked by the dealer. Some cars won't come out of "park", and have to be skidded onto a flatbed truck, and hauled to the dealer. The repair bill from a perfectly competent do-it-yourselfer replacing the battery can top $1000.00. I will never own such a car, but most people have no way of knowing until that happens. That's why, to get in the habit, I would rather see you connect a small solar-powered battery maintainer if that becomes necessary.
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Friday, October 31st, 2014 AT 11:37 PM
Tiny
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Well, I won't disconnect the battery. Thank you very much. Do I have anything to worry about with flat spots in the tires after say 30 or 33 days? The car will be in the garage so no direct sunlight but sometimes it gets warm in there. I live in South Florida.
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Friday, October 31st, 2014 AT 11:39 PM
Tiny
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Flat spots are a thing of the past when radial tires didn't have the quality they do today. Remember when we were told to never switch a radial tire from one side to the other?

I just had my 21-year-old Dodge Dynasty out yesterday for its regular five-mile drive twice a year. That car has 4,600 miles, ... And no flat spots.
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Friday, October 31st, 2014 AT 11:40 PM
Tiny
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Nice! Is it a show car? I've never heard of a 21 year old car with 4,600 miles. I would be afraid it would get a rock chip or something!
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Friday, October 31st, 2014 AT 11:43 PM
Tiny
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Anyway, thanks a lot for your answers.
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Friday, October 31st, 2014 AT 11:45 PM
Tiny
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Not a show car yet. It's just really comfortable and I don't want to wear it out. I only drive it when I'm on a date, ... So, ... Uhm, ... It doesn't get much use! Okay, . It doesn't get any use!
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Friday, October 31st, 2014 AT 11:49 PM

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