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Wheels & Tyre Knowledge.

How to extend and maximize the life of your car tyres

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How to check the recommended tyre pressure

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How much do you know about your tyres?

Here are a few tips & tricks.
Your tyres travel, on average, once around the globe and are your contact with the road. They are made of over 200 materials, including steel and artificial silk. And if they have the right pressure, they even save you money. Interested in more fascinating knowledge and helpful tips? Find them here.

Tyre pressure too low or defective tyre monitoring indicator.

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.

Tyre damage.

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

Abrasion points.

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.

Embedded foreign objects.

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.

Cracks, ruptures & porous areas.

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.

Tyres are often cleaned before going into storage. When doing so, avoid high water pressure (e.g. from a steam jet) and very aggressive cleaning solutions - both may cause damages to the tyre.

Tip:

Volkswagen offers the Tyre Storage Service: professional storage for your tyres, more space for you.

How your tyres last longer.

The maximum lifespan of tyres is 6 years - providing they are not damaged and their tread has not been worn down earlier. What can you do to make your tyres last longer? Here are some tips.

No hot tyres.

You can affect how quickly your tyres wear down by adjusting your driving style. Dont drive on hot tyres and avoid racing starts.

Keep away from the curb.

Don't bump against the curb when parking: It may damage the rubber structure and the internal construction of your tyres. In the worst case scenario, they may burst on the roads.

The right pressure.

Low pressure. High wear and tear. Check your tyre pressure regularly and increase it when transporting heavy loads. But be careful: Too high pressure also causes damage. 

Regular checks.

Measure your tread depth regularly and check your tyre for damage and deformations.

Have them balanced.

Have your tyre balanced whenever you can change them. That will extend their life and also protect bearings, steering system and suspension. 

Keep them aligned.

Your tyres will only wear evenly if the axle geometry is correct. Do your tyres have different wear patterns? Then it's time to get the alignment readjusted. 

Keep them clean.

Protect your tyres against oil, grease and fuel.