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Checking tyre condition Volkswagen Transporter T5 2003 - 2014 Diesel 2.0 TDi

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Volkswagen
Transporter T5
2003 - 2014  | 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

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.
Note: The following information is mainly applicable to Van models. Some differences in component location will be found on Chassis cab variants, and certain later models.
The jack, wheelbrace and vehicle tools are located in a stowage compartment at the rear left of the luggage compartment. On some models it may be necessary to take off a removable stowage compartment cover for access.
Unscrew the centre fastener and take out the tool kit and the jack.
The spare wheel is mounted under the rear of the vehicle. Using the wheelbrace, slacken the folding bracket safety bolt until it turns freely.
Undo the folding bracket retaining bolt and allow the bracket to rest on the safety bolt.
Insert the flat end of the wheelbrace into the guide on the folding bracket, up to the stop. Grasp the wheelbrace firmly, lift it slightly and move it to the right until the elongated hole slips over the safety bolt.
Lower the folding bracket to the ground, then lift the spare wheel out of the folding bracket.
Where applicable, prise off the wheel bolt covers or wheel trim, using the flat end of the wheelbrace, or the removal tool in the tool kit. Slacken each wheel bolt by half a turn.
Position the jack under the jacking point nearest the punctured wheel. The jacking points are indicated by depressions in the side sills just to the rear of the front wheels and just to the front of the rear wheels.
Engage the head of the jack with the jacking point and 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 on the bolts. Lightly tighten the bolts with the wheelbrace. Lower the vehicle to the ground and fully tighten the wheel bolts in a diagonal sequence. Refit the wheel bolt covers or wheel trim, as applicable.