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Checking tyre condition Volkswagen Golf 2009 - 2012 Petrol 1.4

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Volkswagen Golf 2009 - 2012  | 1.4 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

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 and tools are stored in the luggage compartment, lift up the floor panel/carpet. Release the retaining strap (where fitted) and remove the tool kit from the centre of the spare wheel. Unscrew the centre fastener and remove the spare wheel.
Use the wire hook to remove the wheel bolt caps. Use the wheel brace to slacken each of the wheel bolts by half a turn.
Use the special adapter when slackening the locking wheel bolts.
Make sure the jack is located on firm ground, and engage the jack head correctly with the floor flange. Then raise the jack until the wheel is raised clear of the ground.
Unscrew the wheel bolts (using the adapter provided) and remove the wheel. Place the wheel under the vehicle sill in case the jack fails.
Fit the spare wheel and screw in the bolts. Lightly tighten the bolts with the wheel brace then lower the car to the ground.
Securely tighten the wheel bolts in a diagonal sequence then refit the wheel trim/ hub cap/wheel bolt covers (as applicable). Stow the punctured wheel and tools back in the boot, and secure them in position.
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 tyre repaired. While the temporary wheel is in use, ensure it is inflated to the correct pressure, do not exceed 50mph, and avoid harsh acceleration, braking or cornering.
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