A VW service employee measures the tyre tread depth – tyre knowledge

Tyre knowledge

Find information and tips and tricks here

Find information and tips and tricks here

Your tyres are your only contact with the road and, on average, drive once around the world. An array of information on tyres is available here.

Safety, comfort, energy consumption – they’re influenced by your tyres, too

Safety, comfort, energy consumption – they’re influenced by your tyres, too

A VW tyre with EU tyre label – tyre information

The EU tyre label gives you an overview of the properties of your tyre

The EU tyre label is mandatory for all new tyres. Find out here how the energy efficiency class can affect your car’s fuel consumption. We’ll also explain what the symbols shown reveal about the properties of your tyre, such as wet grip or ice and snow grip.

Volkswagen Genuine +Tyres

Our +Tyres are specially developed and tested for Volkswagen models in collaboration with leading tyre manufacturers. The result: High-quality tyres that match the individual properties of the vehicle model, ensuring a top performance on the road.
By the way, tyres produced by the manufacturer can be recognised by the so-called OE code – where “OE” stands for “Original Equipment”. In the case of our Volkswagen Genuine +Tyres, the OE code is in the form of a plus symbol on the side flank of the tyre.

VW tyre with rim on a yellow car
Tyre labelling made easy

225 / 45 R 17 94 W – explained in seven steps

What do the numbers on my tyres mean? Alongside the manufacturer and product name, you’ll find important information on your tyres.

Winter tyre labelling

It’s not only when purchasing winter wheels that you should take note of the tyre labelling – it’s important for all-season/all-weather tyres, too. Since they are classed as winter tyres, the same symbols on the tyre sidewall are mandatory. More information is available here!

The right minimum tread depth

Tyre tread

How do you measure the tread depth? In the rough tread grooves of your tyres you’ll find small 1.6 mm tall projections – they represent the mandatory minimum tread depth. By looking at these in comparison with your tyres, you’ll see how worn your tyres are. You can also put a 1 euro coin in the grooves – the gold edge is 4 mm wide. Our minimum tread depth recommendation for winter and all-weather tyres. For summer tyres, we recommend 3 mm.

A VW service employee is measuring the tyre tread depth

There are many layers hidden inside your car tyre

Every tyre is made up of a contact surface and a tyre substructure

Contact surface and tyre substructure (carcass)

  1. Tread – for an effective grip on the road and for taking up and draining water
  2. Jointless bandage – enables high speeds
  3. Steel cord belts layers – optimise driving stability and rolling resistance
  4. Textile cord insert – maintains the shape of the tyre, even at high interior pressure
  5. Inner liner – renders the tyre airtight
  6. Side wall – protects against lateral damages
  7. Apex – supports driving stability and steering behaviour and comfort response
  8. Steel core – ensures a firm fit to the rim
  9. Tyre bead reinforcement – supports driving stability and precise steering behaviour
How to increase tyre service life
A man checks the tyre on his Volkswagen

Our tips for you

We have compiled a number of useful tips for a long tyre service life. And if a tyre purchase is due, your Volkswagen Partner will be happy to help.

Ilustration of tyre damage on a VW tyre

Tyre damages

Learn about the most common types of tyre damage.

Illustration of abnormal tyre wear on a VW tyre

Abnormal tyre wear

Find out here about the potential irregular damage patterns that require action.

A VW service employee is checking a VW tyre
The tyre pressure monitoring system

Too low a tyre pressure quickly leads to tyre damage – the reason for 40% of all accidents resulting in personal injury. Since November 2014, we have been equipping all passenger car and SUV models with a tyre pressure monitoring system.

A VW service employee is measuring the tyre pressure
Lower consumption – greater driving comfort

You’ll find the answers to all your questions about tyre pressure here.

Yellow VW warning lamp: tyre pressure too low or Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator faulty
Warning lamps

Tyre pressure too low or Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator faulty

The tyre pressure in a wheel has considerably decreased or a tyre has structural damages. Drive more slowly, avoid any heavy steering and braking manoeuvres and check your tyres as quickly as possible. Everything is OK but the lamps are still on? Have the system checked by your Volkswagen Partner. You will find more information on the warning lamps in your owner’s manual.

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