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Volkswagen Golf Service & Repair Manual: Checking tyres

As tyre damage can have serious consequences, you and the driver should regularly check the tyres to identify any problems at an early stage.
Damaged tyres cannot withstand driving conditions such as high speed, long distances, sporty driving, and so on.
Damage can be caused in a number of ways:
Driving with insufficient tyre pressure
Assembly error when tyres were fitted on rims
Damage by embedding objects
Ageing
Improper storage
  WARNING
Whenever a safety risk cannot be ruled out, the tyre must be renewed.
When checking a tyre, look out especially for the following criteria:
Surface erosion or ripples on the inner side (inflation pressure was too low or not sufficient for the load)
   
Loose rubber or loose radial threads
 

Checking tyres

Separated or deformed bead core
 

Checking tyres

Damage to tyre bead with cord ply visible
 

Checking tyres

Tyre damage due to insufficient tyre pressure
The most common causes for tyre failure are minor external damage, a defective valve or a leaking rim due to corrosion or damage.     ...

Damage caused when fitting
Bead core broken during tyre inflation.     Modern radial tyres for passenger cars are mounted only on safety rim ...

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