The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle can be located within your vehicles fuel flap or drivers door frame. Tyre pressures may need to be varied based on the load your vehicle is carrying.
If tyre pressure is too high, it can lead to less comfortable driving. Tread can wear down unevenly and the life of your tyres can be reduced.
If tyre pressure is too low, it can risk driver and passenger safety as the vehicles braking and handling are affected. Tyres that are unevenly or underinflated can lead to a reduction in the life of tyres. Uneven or underinflated tyres can also lead to poor fuel consumption.
Check tyre pressure as regularly as possible. Tyre pressure gauges can usually be found at any service station. Check the pressure when the tyres are cold, where possible, and do not reduce it when the tyres are warm.
An underinflated tyre can quickly cause damage.
If you see the tyre pressure warning symbol light up on your vehicle’s dashboard, it means your tyre pressure has reduced considerably or the tyre has structural damage.
Drive more slowly, avoid heavy steering and braking manoeuvres and check your tyres when safe to do so.
After you have checked your tyres (when and where safe to do so), you may be required to change the damaged or underinflated wheel with the spare wheel found in your vehicle's boot.
Where your Volkswagen is equipped with a space saver spare wheel, it is recommended that once you have changed the wheel you drive to your nearest Volkswagen Tyre Centre or independent tyre centre to have your damaged tyre replaced or repaired.
Be sure to drive more slowly, avoid heavy steering, hard braking and do not exceed the recommended maximum speed of 80km/h for a space saver wheel.
To help gauge this, your vehicles tyres will have wear indicators moulded into the grooves across the tread. These small ‘bumps’ can be found consistently around the tyre. The tyre is at its limit when these small ‘bumps’ are level with the tyres tread.
The more tread your tyres have, the better they are able to dissipate water and reduce the risk of your tyres losing contact with the road surface in wet weather conditions.
Servicing your vehicle at a Volkswagen dealership is now better all-round, with the one stop convenience of the Volkswagen Tyre Centre1(participating dealers only). You can choose to have factory recommended tyres fitted to your car at competitive prices – simple, easy and saving you the run around. To find out more about the range of quality tyres on offer, speak to your Volkswagen Service Advisor today.