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Volkswagen Golf Owners Manual: Tyre damage

First read and observe the introductory information and safety warnings

Damage to tyres and rims is often not readily visible. Any unusual vibrations or signs that the car is pulling to one side may indicate that one of the tyres is damaged  .

Foreign bodies in the tyre

Tyre wear

Tyre wear is affected by several factors. These include:

Driving style – fast cornering, heavy acceleration and hard braking all increase tyre wear. The running gear should be checked by a qualified workshop if the tyres show excessive wear despite a normal driving style.

Unbalanced wheels – the wheels on new vehicles are balanced. However, various factors encountered in normal driving can cause them to become unbalanced, which results in steering vibration. Unbalanced wheels will affect levels of wear on the steering system and the suspension. In this case the wheels should be balanced again. New tyres have to be balanced after fitting.

Running gear setting – incorrect wheel alignment causes excessive tyre wear, impairing the safety of the vehicle. The wheel alignment should be checked by a qualified workshop if tyres show excessive wear.

WARNING

If you notice unusual vibration or the car pulling to one side while the vehicle is in motion, this may indicate that one of the tyres is damaged.
Tread depth and wear indicators
Fig. 202 Tyre tread: wear indicators First read and observe the introductory information and safety warnings Tread depth Difficult driving situations demand the deepest possible tread depth f ...

Spare wheel or temporary spare wheel
Fig. 203 In the luggage compartment: handwheel for securing the spare wheel First read and observe the introductory information and safety warnings Removing the spare wheel Open the tailg ...

Other materials:

Removing and installing rear underbody cover – petrol/diesel
  Note The removal and installation procedures may have to be modified slightly depending on engine fitted. –  Loosen lock washer -3-. –  Unclip spreader rivet -2- and remove bolt -4-. –  Remove rea ...

Rear brakes
The type of brake system installed in the vehicle is indicated among other things by the corresponding PR number on the vehicle data sticker. The vehicle data sticker can be found in the spare wheel well and in the service schedule. ...

Working with the air conditioner service station
  Caution If there is evidence to suggest that chemical substances have been added in the vehicle to seal leaks, do not connect the air conditioner service station and do not extract the refrigerant. ...

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