Wheel yourself in.
If you think about it, your tires are responsible for keeping you connected to the road. That’s a pretty big deal. So, to make sure your tires haven’t lost their grip, bring your car to an authorized Volkswagen Service Center for closer inspection. They’ll check your tread pattern, your sidewalls, and your tire pressure. Rotations to replacements, count on your Volkswagen Certified Technicians for all your tire service needs.
Volkswagen Recommended Tires are specially matched to your vehicle model’s specific handling and performance requirements. Refer to your VW Online Owner’s Manual for more info on which type of tire is right for your model.
When replacing tires, remember:
- An improper or mismatched tire can contribute to a serious accident.
- Mixing tire types can reduce their grip on the road and lead to less control.
- Buy the size and type of tires specified by Volkswagen and recommended by your service dealer.
When is it time to replace your tires?
The original tires on your Volkswagen have built-in wear indicators evenly spaced around the circumference of the tire. When the tread on a tire is worn down to 2/32 of an inch, the tread wear indicator will appear, telling you it’s time to visit your VW Service Center to replace that tire.
- Another effective way to check a tire is to use a penny. Put the president’s head in one of the treads. If part of his head is covered, you’re okay. If you can see all of the president’s head, it’s time to replace that tire.
- A worn tire can cause your vehicle to skid and hydroplane.
- A tire showing cuts, bald spots, or other damage, may lead to tire failure and loss of vehicle control.
Knowing how to check the tire tread is an important skill that can tell you a lot about your vehicle. Traction or alignment issues. Improper tire inflation. Worn shocks and struts. In the video below, you’ll learn about the different types of tire wear and what they can mean for your Volkswagen.
Need to replace your tires? You can find what you need at the Volkswagen Tire Store.
Keep it all aligned.
Why is it important to make sure your wheels are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other? The safety of driver and passengers, first and foremost. But the benefits go beyond helping make sure you have a safe ride.
- Wheel alignment should be checked when you get a new set of tires, after a collision, or whenever any repairs or service is done to suspension or steering components.
- Other indicators that you should check alignment are that your vehicle pulls to the left or to the right when driving straight on level roads, or your tires are unevenly worn.
- Getting regular wheel alignments (every 6,000 miles or 6 months) can help minimize tire wear, enhance handling, increase fuel efficiency, and improve driver safety.