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Volkswagen Car Tires and How Long They Last
Your Volkswagen model's tires have been designed to last roughly 50,000 miles or four years, assuming they have been properly maintained and have not been driven extensively on tough terrain. You can get more years out of them if you don't drive much, but you should replace them when they reach 10 years old. They will be more brittle by this time and may cause a dangerous blowout while driving. To get an idea of how long Volkswagen tires can last, you can travel the United States 17 times before replacing the tires on your Volkswagen if they are adequately cared for… and you don't go over a nail, of course.
But, to be fair, no estimation is going to be perfect, mainly because the way and the conditions that people drive in varies, which will ultimately affect how long the Volkswagen car tires last. However, if you invest in genuine OEM parts and trusted Volkswagen tires, your tires can last for even more than 50,000 miles.
To visibly show wear, tires come with wear bars built into the tire tread grooves. The bars are an indicator of wear and tear and that the tire needs to be changed. If cables can be seen, it is unsafe to use the tires to drive and needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Any tire with bulges, severe fractures, or tread coming off the case should be replaced.
A penny may be used to gauge tread wear. You can do this by placing a penny with the head facing down in the grooves. If the top of the head is not visible, the tire is still good and has some tread. If the top is fit in the tread, that is an indicator that the tire is worn and should be changed. According to some experts, the tread depth needs to be 4/32-inch when you drop a quarter in the groove.
When you strike a puddle, the grooves between the blocks of tread on your tires are there to allow water to escape. Rain and all-season tires often have broader grooves that are oriented to channel water away from the center of the tire and toward the tread's borders. This reduces the likelihood of hydroplaning, which might result in a loss of steering control. Tires should be replaced if the remaining depth is less than 4/32 inches to ensure maximum driving safety.
Types of Tire Wear
Diagonal wear on the rear tires of an FWD automobile, minivan, or SUV with independent rear suspension happens at an angle across the tread or along the edge of the tread. Tire wear can be caused by a variety of factors, including worn rear control arm bushings, rear toe misalignment, excessive rear suspension flexing, and insufficient tire rotation (every 6000 to 7500 miles is recommended). Heel-and-toe wear at the inside edge of the tread is a minor variance. Unwanted toe and camber adjustments that occur when driving cause heel and toe wear. The uneven tread wear caused by diagonal or heel-and-toe wear roughens the tire's surface, which can cause rumbling or squeaking.
Camber wear is when a tire is leaning owing to camber misalignment; uneven wear on one side of the tread can occur as a result. Bad control arm bushings, loose ball joints, a bent spindle or strut that is out of its typical position might all be contributing factors. A front-wheel-drive engine cradle that has moved out of place to one side is another neglected source of camber degradation. Camber adjustments in the suspension may also cause camber wear on a tire if a spring is weak or damaged.
The parallelism of wheels on one another is referred to as toe. Toe misalignment causes a feathery wear pattern on both front tires, as well as inner shoulder wear on both. When the front wheels bend out (too much toe out) while the vehicle is moving forward, front toe wear happens. Worn or deformed control arm bushings, bent steering arm, and worn or loose tie rod sockets are all possible causes that throw the steering off-center while driving straight.
Why Tires Should be Changed
Tires' synthetic rubber compositions and reinforcements weaken as they get older. According to several tire manufacturers, tires that are more than six years old should be replaced regardless of how much tread is left on them. Why? Because the chance of a tire blowout increases with each year of use. The chance of tread separation, cracking, or a sudden blowout is much higher after six years than it was when the tire was new. The majority of safety experts agree that any tire that is 10 years old or older (regardless of wear or condition) should be changed. When tires reach the age of ten years in some nations, they must be replaced.
Tires age regardless of whether they are exposed to the outdoors or stored in a garage. When tires are exposed to high ambient temperatures or sunlight, they will age significantly faster. Tire aging is accelerated in dry desert regions, so if your tires are approaching six years old, don't wait to replace them.
Tires designed with softer compounds, on average, give greater dry traction, handling, and braking performance than tires created with tougher compounds, but they do not wear as well. The tread design has the biggest impact on noise, whereas the sidewall architecture has the most impact on smoothness. Low aspect ratio tires with soft, taller sidewalls give superior cornering and handling control, while taller, softer sidewalls provide the smoothest ride.
The tread bends more than typical when the tire spins if the tires do not have proper air pressure. This will result in increased tread wear over time. With a pressure gauge, inspect the air pressure in the tires and inflate to the pressure suggested in your owner's handbook or on the inflation sticker in the door's pillar or the glove box.
About The Author
Matt is a VW Master Technician since 2009 after proceeding through the ranks as a Team Leader and Shop Foreman. He has developed software to increase car dealership efficiency, managed 10+ techs, and instructed students at multiple high-performance driving events since 2011. He is also the lead mechanic, engineer, and driver for Blue Goose Racing.Read More About Matt Meurer