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Wheels and Tyres

 

Your tyres are your only contact with the road. Discover information and tips concerning your tyres - right here.


Has the tyre pressure reduced considerably or is the tyre showing structural damage?

 

Drive more slowly, avoid heavy steering and braking manoeuvres and check your tyres as quickly as possible. Does everything seem OK, but the light is still illuminated? Have the system checked by an expert.



Tread depth and braking distance

Adequate tread depth is essential to your safety as the tyre tread helps to remove water from the road surface allowing your tyre to grip the road. As your tyre tread depth wears down, its ability to remove water and grip in the wet is reduced, compromising your safety.

The recommended minimum tread depth for a car tyre is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference.

We'll gladly check your tyres tread depth, but if you'd like to do it yourself all you need is 20 cents.

Checking that your tyres comply with the minimum tread depth regulations is easy and should be carried out on a regular basis, we recommend once a month. The most accurate method is to use a calibrated tread depth gauge, checking the depth in at least three points around the tyre.

If you don't have a calibrated tread depth gauge, a quick and easy way to check is by using a 20 cents coin. Simply place the coin into the main tread of your tyre. If the marked rim of the coin doesn't totally disappear into the tread, it should be checked by your authorised Volkswagen service centre.

If your tyres need to be replaced, we have selection of tyre brands at competitive prices.

Tyre damage

Damages to the tyre put your safety and the safety of fellow road users at risk.

Abrasion points
Embedded foreign objects
Cracks, ruptures and porous areas

Abrasion points are generally found on the tyre sidewall. These are not wear-and-tear marks caused by simple road use - they are the result of e.g. bumping the kerb. Abrasion points are often dismissed as harmless damages. But: even the vehicle carcass can be damaged by a strong collision. Damages to the carcass are not immediately visible from the outside - making them particularly dangerous. The carcass may break or moisture may seep into the vehicle interior, leading to corrosion of the metal mesh. So, a seemingly harmless abrasion point may lead to the entire tyre becoming unstable. A tyre expert can recognise the pattern of damages - so get in touch with your professional workshop straight away.

Tip:
Do your rims bear clear traces of an impact? Then your tyres might also be affected.

Every now and then, embedded fragments, nails or sharp stones can find their way into the contact surface area. Foreign objects can come into contact with the tyres at any time and any place - especially on gravel surfaces or around construction sites. It's very rare for this to cause to tyre to "burst". It's more likely to cause a dangerous, gradual loss of pressure. What's more, moisture may reach the tyre interior and lead to the corrosion of a steel cord belt. In the worst case scenario, this may cause the tread or the belt to detach. A tyre expert can assess the damages - so get in touch with your professional workshop straight away.

Traces of ageing are not signs of wear-and-tear, but rather damages caused by improper storage. The correct way to store tyres is in a cool, dark and dry environment - and it's important to not stack too many tyres on top of each other. However, if tyres are stored in a place where they are exposed to a lot of sunshine, for example, the UV rays allow the softening agent in the tyres to escape. Over time, this results in the emergence of fine cracks. So, if you notice any cracks, ruptures or porous areas in your tyres, do no re-mount them for the new season. If you are unsure about anything concerning these points, consult a tyre expert in your professional workshop.

There are many layers hidden inside your car tyre

Every tyre is made up of a contact surface and a tyre substructure

Contact surface and tyre substructure (carcass)

  1.   Tread - for an effective grip on the road and for taking up and draining water
  2.   Jointless bandage - enables high speeds
  3.   Steel cord belts layers - optimise driving stability and rolling resistance
  4.   Textile cord insert - maintains the shape of the tyre, even at high interior pressure
  5.   Inner liner - renders the tyre airtight
  6.   Side wall - protects against lateral damages
  7.   Apex - supports driving stability and steering behaviour and comfort response
  8.   Steel core - ensures a firm fit to the rim
  9.   Tyre bead reinforcement - supports driving stability and precise steering behaviour

How to increase tyre service life

A tyre’s maximum service life is six years – that’s assuming that they’re not damaged, the tread hasn’t been worn down earlier. The DOT number on your tyres will provide information about their age. Here are a few tips for a long tyre service life

Avoid hot tyres

Avoid racing starts and do not drive with hot tyres.

Stay away from the kerb

Do not hit the kerb when parking: It may damage the rubber outer layer and the inner structure of your tyres.

Correct air pressure

Lower pressure - higher degree of wear. Check your tyre pressure on a regular basis and increase it if you are driving with a heavy load. But be careful: Too high a pressure can also be damaging.

Regular checks

Measure the tread depth on a regular basis and check your tyres for damages and deformations.

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