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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?

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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 depth.

Regular maintenance and correct replacement of your tyres is vital, there are three basic checks that you can do to help prolong the life of your tyres, reduce your fuel bills and CO2 emissions, and ensure your Volkswagen can brake, accelerate and corner properly.
  1.   Check your tyre pressure
  2.   Check your tread depth is not below the legal minimum of 1.6mm. This is essential for your safety in all weather conditions.
  3.   Inspect your tyres regularly for any cuts, bulges, uneven wear or objects embedded in the tread.

Tyre pressure.

Correct tyre pressures are vital to your safety on the road. Under-inflated tyres will affect the vehicles handling and grip, potentially causing irregular or unpredictable vehicle behaviour. They're also much more likely to suffer from a dangerous blowout, especially on high-speed motorway journeys. By keeping your tyres at the recommend pressures, your running costs are also reduced as under-inflated tyres require a bigger force to make them turn, using more fuel. Additionally, tyres which are not set to their correct pressure will wear out quicker. So, to benefit from lower fuel bills, longer tyre life, increased safety and reduced CO2 emissions, make sure you check your tyre pressures at least once a month and before a long journey.
For help on how to find your pressures, please consult your Owners handbook or fuel filler flap.

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.

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.

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.

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