Audi A4 Owners Manual

General maintenance / Wheels and tyres / Wheels

General notes

– When driving with new tyres, be especially careful during the first 500 km.
– If you have to drive over a kerb or similar obstacle, drive very slowly and as near as possible at a right angle to the kerb.
– Inspect the tyres regularly for damage (cuts, cracks or blisters, etc.). Remove any foreign bodies embedded in the treads.
– Damaged wheels and tyres must be replaced immediately. – Keep grease, oil and fuel off the tyres.
– Replace any missing valve caps as soon as possible.
– Mark the wheels before taking them off so that they rotate in the same direction when put back.
– When removed, the wheels or tyres should be stored in a cool, dry and preferably dark place.

New tyres

New tyres do not give maximum grip straight away and should therefore be “run in” by driving carefully and at moderate speeds for about the first 500 km. This will also help to make the tyres last longer.

The tread depth of new tyres may vary, according to the type and make of tyre and the tread pattern.

Concealed damage

Damage to tyres and rims is often not readily visible. If you notice unusual vibration or the car pulling to one side, this may indicate that one of the tyres is damaged. Reduce speed immediately if there is any reason to suspect that damage may have occurred. Inspect the tyres for damage. If no external damage is visible, drive slowly and carefully to the nearest qualified workshop and have the car inspected.

Tyres with directional tread pattern

An arrow on the tyre sidewall indicates the direction of rotation on tyres with directional tread. Always note the direction of rotation indicated when mounting the wheel. This guarantees optimum grip and helps to avoid aquaplaning, excessive noise and wear.

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