How to change a tire on your Volkswagen

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips & Tricks on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at 4:04 pm
Changing a tire Volkswagen

Changing a tire Volkswagen

When you’re in a hurry to get somewhere, the last thing you need is to run into a flat tire. While this problem can be avoided with proper tire care and frequent checkups, oftentimes they’re unavoidable. That’s why it’s a good idea to know how to change a tire on your Volkswagen, so you can get back on the road quickly without waiting for a tow service.

If your spare tire is a temporary tire, however, we recommend that you avoid driving on it for a long time and visit us here to get a new tire as soon as possible.

Before setting off, you should read your vehicle’s owner’s manual to learn where your jack and tool set is located in your vehicle. When changing a tire, make sure that your vehicle is on level, firm ground if possible. Set your automatic vehicle in park, or if you have a manual vehicle, set it in reverse. Then apply the parking brake.

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Changing a tire VolkswagenStep 1: Brace the vehicle

You’ll want to use a wheel chock, brick or wooden block to brace the opposite side tire of the one you are changing, to prevent the vehicle from moving while it is being raised by the car jack.

Step 2: Remove the spare tire and lug bolts from the tool kit in your vehicle

The covers from the lug bolts can be removed using the handy wire pin tool you’ll find in your tool kit. Hubcaps can be removed using this tool as well.

Step 3: Remove the lug bolts with the wrench

Do this before raising the vehicle with the jack. Never loosen the bolts while the vehicle is raised, as it may knock the vehicle off of the jack.

Step 4: Place the jack under the vehicle.

You’ll find jack placement lift point markings on your vehicle’s rocker panel.
Changing a tire VolkswagenBe sure to use the lift point closest to the wheel you’re changing. It’s also important that you only use the jack approved by Volkswagen for your vehicle.

Step 5: Crank the jack

Do this until you make solid contact with the rib under the rocker panel, and ensure that the base of the jack is secure on the ground. Then, continue cranking the jack until the wheel is clear of the ground, making sure that you’ll have room for the fully inflated new tire, but don’t raise the vehicle higher than necessary.

Step 6: Remove the flat tire

Remove the previously loosened lug bolts, setting them aside for later, and remove the flat tire. You can place the flat tire in your trunk to dispose of it properly later.

Step 7: Attach the new tire

Place the spare tire on the wheel hub bolts, and replace the lug bolts. Spin the bolts into place, but don’t tighten them yet. First lower the vehicle to the ground with the jack, then when the vehicle is firmly planted, tighten the bolts using the wrench.

  •        First tighten any bolt, then move to the bolt diagonal to it. Move around the wheel in this pattern to avoid improper bolt tightening. If the bolts are tightened sequentially, they run the risk of loosening and causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

You can then remove the brace from your other wheel and return everything back to the tool kit in your trunk.

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If you need any assistance with your tires, or need a rotation, feel free to contact our service department here at Folsom Lake Volkswagen. We’ll be happy to help get you back on the road as soon as possible!

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