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Checking tyre pressures Volkswagen Polo 2002 - 2009 Diesel 1.9 TDi

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Volkswagen Polo 2002 - 2009  | 1.9 TDi Checking tyre pressures

  • time 5 minutes
  • difficulty 1
You can use a pencil type gauge, it is often the cheapest to purchase and rarely goes wrong!
Take a quick look at the tyre treads and sidewall condition. 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 out the jack and wheel changing tools from the centre of the spare wheel.
Unscrew the retainer and lift out the wheel.
Use the wire hook and wheel brace to remove the wheel trim, or the centre cap on some alloy wheels. Where applicable, use the plastic puller from the tool kit to remove the cover from each wheel bolt, including the anti-theft bolt.
Slacken each wheel bolt by half a turn (using the special splined adapter for the anti-theft bolt).
Locate the jack below the reinforced point on the sill (don’t jack the vehicle at any other point of the sill) and on firm ground, then turn the jack handle clockwise until the wheel is raised clear of the ground.
Unscrew the wheel bolts (using the special splined adapter for the anti-theft bolt) and remove the wheel. Fit the spare wheel, and screw in the bolts. Lightly tighten the bolts with the wheelbrace then lower the vehicle to the ground.
Securely tighten the wheel bolts in the sequence shown then refit the wheel trim/ hub cap. Stow the punctured wheel back in the spare wheel well. Note that the wheel bolts should be tightened to 120 Nm (89 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 (80 kph), and avoid harsh acceleration, braking or cornering.
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