Volkswagen Touran Service Manual: Tires, Storing
|Stored tires must not come in contact with fuel,
oil, grease or chemicals under any circumstances.
Otherwise, the material in the tire will be damaged by
chemical reactions which are not always visible.
|This may lead to life-threatening situations when
the car is driven.
|However, tire damage occurs only when the reaction time of
the chemicals is long. If a few drops of fuel land on a tire
during a fill-up, this is harmless.
|Tires mounted on wheels can be stored flat, stacked on upon
another. When doing this, always ensure that wheels are clean
and dry. The air pressure should be raised to a maximum of 3 bar
|Tires without wheels are best stored standing vertically. If
tires lie stacked upon another for longer periods of time, they
will be strongly pressed together. This makes mounting more
difficult because the tires do not lie on the bead seat. If the
tires are stored standing vertically, it is recommended to turn
them every 14 days to avoid severe flattening.
Tires, Reinforced, Extra Load
|Some time ago, the designation "Reinforced" was replaced
with the designation "Extra Load" by some tire manufacturers. In
countries outside Europe, this designation has been conventional
for some time. There are no technical differences.
|Some tire manufacturers also use the "XL" designation for
Extra Load tires.
|Tires with the designations "Reinforced" or "Extra Load
(XL)" are the same.
|V winter tires with XL designation have a higher load
capacity than the V winter tires without this designation.
|Higher speeds can be attained with XL V-winter tires, but
the maximum speed of the V tires of 240 km/h (149.12 mph) is not
permissible for every vehicle.
|The Same Conditions Apply for These Tires as for V Winter
Tires without Special Designation!
Pay special attention to the following criteria when
examining the tire:
Surface erosion or marbling on the inner side (pressure was
On "M-and-S-tires", the tread pattern, tread compound or
type are designed such that the handling characteristics in snow
are improv ...
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