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Checking tyre condition Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2000 - 2007 Diesel C220 CDi - 2.1

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2000 - 2007  | C220 CDi - 2.1 Checking tyre condition

  • time 10 minutes
  • difficulty 1
The original tyres have tread wear safety bands (B), which will appear when the tread depth reaches approximately 1.6 mm. The band positions are indicated by a triangular mark on the tyre sidewall (A)
Alternatively, tread wear can be monitored with an inexpensive device known as a tread depth indicator gauge
Tyre shoulder wear is caused by underinflation, incorrect wheel camber (worn suspension parts), or hard cornering
Tyre centre wear is caused by overinflation
Uneven tyre wear is caused by unbalanced wheels, worn/broken suspension parts, or incorrect wheel alignment. If you need to change a wheel, click below
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Roadside wheel change

Note: Some models have a collapsed tyre to save space. There is an electric air pump stored with the wheel changing tools to inflate the spare tyre when required. Other models have the TYREFIT system which uses sealant on the punctured tyre.
Warning: Do not change a wheel in a situation where you risk being hit by other traffic. On busy roads, try to stop in a lay-by or a gateway. Be wary of passing traffic while changing the wheel – it is easy to become distracted by the job in hand.
The spare wheel is stored in the luggage compartment. Raise the floor covering, and lift out the spare wheel and wheel changing tools.
On Estate models, the wheel changing tools and jack are stored behind the left-hand rear inner panel.
Use the wheelbrace to slacken each wheel bolt by half a turn.
Unscrew the plastic retainer and remove the spare wheel.
Locate the jack on firm ground below the reinforced point on the sill (don’t jack the vehicle at any other point of the sill), then turn the jack handle clockwise until the wheel is raised clear of the ground.
Unscrew the wheel bolts and remove the wheel.
Fit the spare wheel, and screw in the bolts. When fitting a steel spare wheel, shorter bolts will be provided with the spare wheel. Lightly tighten the bolts with the wheelbrace then lower the vehicle to the ground.
Securely tighten the wheel bolts in a diagonal sequence and then (where applicable), refit the wheel trim. Note that the wheel bolts should be tightened to 110 Nm (81 Ibf ft) at the earliest possible opportunity.
Note: If a temporary ‘space-saver’ spare wheel has been fitted, special conditions apply to its use. This type of spare wheel is only intended for use in an emergency, and should not remain fitted any longer than it takes to get the punctured wheel repaired. While the temporary wheel is in use, ensure it is inflated to the correct pressure, do not exceed 50 mph, and avoid harsh acceleration, braking or cornering.
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