A VW technician inspecting a tyre with a light

Tyre maintenance

To keep your tyres roadworthy.

To keep your tyres roadworthy.

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.

  • Check your tyre pressure
  • Check your tread depth is not below the legal minimum of 1.6mm. This is essential for your safety in all weather conditions.
  • Inspect your tyres regularly for any cuts, bulges, uneven wear or objects embedded in the tread.

Measuring tyre pressure

Since 2014, we have equipped all of our cars with tyre pressure monitoring systems.

Tyre pressure monitoring system

How it works

  • A tyre pressure sensor is built into every wheel.
  • It transmits information to a control unit.
  • The on-board computer displays the tyre pressure.
  • If the pressure falls, the system warns the driver.

Please note: if you change your tyres the monitoring system will need to be partly replaced and also recalibrated.

Models with the direct system as standard:

  • Touareg
  • Arteon

Models with the direct system on request:

  • Tiguan
  • Passat
  • Touran

Tyre pressure FAQs

Minimum tread depth

A Volkswagen service employee is measuring the tyre tread depth

Tyre tread

Checking the tyre tread depth is one of the most important checks you can do yourself. Across the UK and Europe, the minimum allowed tread depth is 1.6mm, with 3mm or more being recommended. A quick way to check the depth yourself is the 20p check, simply insert a 20p coin into the tread grooves on your tyre and if you can see its outer band the depth is too low. 

How deep should your tread depth be?

Deeper tyre treads are better at draining off water and help prevent aquaplaning in wet conditions. We recommend at least 3mm depth in the summer and 4mm in winter. See the diagram below to learn how tread depth affects your stopping distance on a snowy surface at 50kph.

Illustration of a Volkswagen tyre and the right minimum tread depth and how to measure it

How to increase your tyre’s service life

If you take good care of them, a set of tyres can last up to six years. Find out how to get the most out of your tyres.

Tips for longer lasting tyres:

  • Don’t overheat them – don’t unnecessarily heat up your tyres by doing things like racing starts. Too much heat degrades them more quickly.
  • Avoid the kerb – hitting the kerb when parking causes damage to both the outer layer and inner structure.
  • Correct air pressure – between 30 and 35 PSI is perfect.
  • Regular checks – you should check the tread depth every two weeks or before any long journeys.
  • Keep an even axle – if your tyres wear at different rates your axle could be out of alignment.
  • Store them properly – try and keep your tyres in a cool, dark, dry place.
  • Keep them clean – oil, grease and fuel can damage tyres.

Tyre damage

A damaged tyre can put you and others at risk. Find out more about common types of damage, their causes, consequences and how to deal with them.

  • What to look for: normally abrasion points appear on a tyre’s sidewall.
  • Possible causes: bumps from driving into the kerb can damage the tyre carcass.
  • Consequences: moisture can seep through the damaged sidewall and into the interior causing significant damage to the metal of the wheel.
  • What to do: get an expertOpens an external link to take a look, especially if your wheel rims look damaged. 

Abnormal tyre wear

Discover the different types of anomaly and how to deal with them.

  • What to look for: irregular wear on the shoulder of the tyre that resembles a sawtooth (see diagram). This kind of wear can also lead to a much louder sound as you drive.
  • Possible causes: defective shock absorbers, a misaligned axle and driving too fast can all cause this kind of wear.
  • Consequences: your car will become less responsive to drive and you will find you need to replace your tyres more frequently.
  • What to do: take it to your local retailer who will help diagnose the cause.

Volkswagen tyres

With the right care, your Volkswagen tyres can drive you the equivalent of once around the world. Make informed choices about tyres by understanding the different types, what they’re made of and tyre labelling.

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