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Checking tyre condition Volkswagen Passat 2005 - 2010 Diesel 2.0 TDi

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Volkswagen Passat 2005 - 2010  | 2.0 TDi 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

1 Some of the details shown here will vary according to model. For instance, the location of the spare wheel and jack is not the same on all cars. However, the basic principles apply to all vehicles.
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 is stored beneath the luggage compartment floor covering. The jack and tool kit are located alongside the spare wheel. Unscrew the two fasteners and remove the lid from the tool kit. Undo the plastic nut and lift the spare wheel from the well in the floor.
Where fitted, use the hook in the tool kit to pull the cover from the wheel. If caps are fitted to each bolt, use the tool to pull off the covers.
Loosen each wheel bolt by half a turn. Use the special adapter where a locking wheel bolt is fitted.
Locate the jack head below the reinforced jacking point nearest the wheel to be changed. The jacking point is indicated by a triangle pressed into the sill. Turn the handle to raise the wheel clear of the ground.
Remove the bolts and lift the wheel from the vehicle. Place the wheel beneath the sill as a precaution against the jack failing.
Fit the spare wheel, then tighten the bolts moderately with the wheel brace. Lower the vehicle to the ground, then finally tighten the wheel bolts in a diagonal sequence. Refit the wheel cover/cap as applicable. Note that the wheel bolts should be tightened to 120 Nm (89 Ibf ft) at the earliest 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, do not exceed 50 mph, and avoid harsh acceleration, braking or cornering. Note that, besides being narrower than a normal roadwheel, the temporary spare wheel is of smaller diameter; therefore, since ground clearance will be slightly reduced with the temporary spare in use, take care when travelling over rough ground.
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