Parked silver Volkswagen car showing the wheel
Parked silver Volkswagen car showing the wheel
Parked silver Volkswagen car showing the wheel
Parked silver Volkswagen car showing the wheel
Tyre maintenance

Tyre maintenance

Tyre maintenance

Tyre maintenance

In this section you’ll find everything you need to know to get the best from your tyres. From how to check the tread depth and tyre pressures, to understanding why it’s important to choose the right tyre for your Volkswagen.

In this section you’ll find everything you need to know to get the best from your tyres. From how to check the tread depth and tyre pressures, to understanding why it’s important to choose the right tyre for your Volkswagen.

When it comes to making sure your Volkswagen’s tyres are in good nick, talk to us. Our priority is your safety, as well as the optimal performance of your Volkswagen. We’ll gladly health check your tyres, but also encourage you to check your tyre pressures, general wear and tear and tread depth once a month.

It’s very important to make sure that you fit the right tyres, as the original tyres on your Volkswagen are determined by joint consultation and extensive testing between the car and tyre manufacturers. This includes many aspects of the vehicle characteristics including road noise, fuel consumption and vehicle handling. Therefore, we recommend that changes in tyre, size or type should not be undertaken without seeking advice from your local Volkswagen Retailer.

Maintenance

To keep your tyres roadworthy.

Different treads on cars

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.

Tyre pressures

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.

The difference between inflated and deflated tyres - a visual representation

Thread depth

How tread depth affects braking - a visual representation

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

Driving on tyres which fail to meet this regulation is not only dangerous but illegal and can result in fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre!

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

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 20p 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, your tyres may be illegal and should be checked by your local Volkswagen retailer.

If your tyres need to be replaced, we'll provide tyres of the same high quality as factory-fitted originals at competitive prices.

Tyre safety and legislation

It’s vital to ensure you fit the right tyres, as the original tyres on your Volkswagen are determined by joint consultation and extensive testing between the car and tyre manufacturers. This includes many aspects of the vehicle characteristics including road noise, fuel consumption and vehicle handling. Therefore, we recommend that changes in tyre, size or type should not be undertaken without seeking advice from your local Volkswagen Retailer.

Tyre labelling

Introduced in 2012, tyre labelling brings a major advance in consumer information on tyre safety and the tyre’s impact on the environment. The graphics on the label may be familiar as they’re already used for household appliances and new cars.

The labels are based on performance in 3 key areas. Below, we’ve separated and explained each area with the icon used to show it.

Tyre labelling illustration
Fuel efficiency illustration

Fuel efficiency

This icon on the chart shows how a tyre performs on fuel consumption. Fuel-efficiency is graded from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

The difference in fuel consumption between a car fitted with A and G class tyres is around 0.5 litres per 100km, that's a saving of around 80 litres and more than £110 per year. Results can vary with the type of car or the climatic conditions.

Wet Grip

This icon on the chart grades a tyre on how well it brakes in wet conditions. Performance scales from A (the safest, stopping in the shortest distances) to G (longest braking distances).

The difference in wet stopping distance between a car fitted with A rated vs G rated tyres is 18 metres or approximately 58 feet at 50MPH equivalent to 4 Golf lengths.

Wet grip illusrtration
Exterior noise illustration

Exterior Noise

The graphic to the right shows the external noise made by the tyre measured in decibels. 1 decibel is equal to 25% difference in noise, 3 decibels 100 % difference.

External noise pollution may not relate to noise inside the car, depending on your car's insulation properties.

Here are the measurements explained:

    1 black wave = Low noise tyre. Noise level 3 dB (A) or more below future noise limit
    2 black waves = Average noise tyre. Noise level equal to or below future limit by up to 3 dB (A)
    3 black waves = High noise tyre. Level greater than the future limit but complies with today’s noise regulation

If all cars had low noise tyres it would sound like taking 7 /10 cars off the road.

Changing or fixing a tyre

Remembering to keep on top of regular checks with your Volkswagen can be difficult at times, especially when you have so many things to think about. Here at Volkswagen, we have created these short videos to help show you how quick and easy it can be.

Safety tips on changing or fixing a tyre

This short video explains how you can change or temporarily fix your tyre safely.

How to change a spare wheel

This video shows you how to change a damaged wheel to a spare.

How to use your tyre mobility kit

A video explaining how you can use the tyre mobility kit to temporarily fix your tyre.

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