Instruction book AUDI A1
 Audi A1   General maintenance   Wheels and tyres  Wheels
Correct inflation pressures and sensible driving habits will increase the service life of your tyres.
Check the tyre pressures at least once a month and, in addition, before starting a long journey.
The tyre pressures should only be checked when the tyres are cold. The slightly raised pressures of warm tyres must not be reduced.
The pressures must be altered to suit major changes in the load being carried.
On Audi A1s with tyre pressure monitoring system, store the new tyre pressures Link.
Avoid fast cornering and hard acceleration.
Inspect the tyres for irregular wear from time to time.
The service life of your tyres depends on the following factors:
Tyre pressure
The tyre inflation pressures are listed on a sticker inside the driver's door Fig. 1.
However, if you prefer an extra-smooth ride and the Audi A1 is not fully loaded, you can select the tyre pressure for a normal load (no more than three people travelling in the Audi A1). Should you wish to drive with a full load, you must increase the tyre pressure to the specified maximum.
Under-inflation or over-inflation will reduce the life of the tyres considerably and also impair the car's handling. Correct inflation pressures are very important, especially at high speeds.
Do not forget the spare wheel* when checking the tyre pressures. The correct inflation pressure for the compact temporary spare wheel* is indicated on the sidewall.
On Audi A1s with wheel covers, valve extensions are fitted instead of dust caps. It is not necessary to remove the valve extensions when checking and adjusting tyre pressures.
Driving habits
Fast cornering, heavy acceleration and hard braking (squealing tyres) all increase tyre wear.
Wheel balancing
The wheels on new Audi A1s are balanced. However, various factors encountered in normal driving can cause them to become unbalanced, which results in steering vibration.
Unbalanced wheels should be rebalanced, as they otherwise cause excessive wear on steering, suspension and tyres. A wheel must also be rebalanced when a new tyre is fitted or if a tyre is repaired.
Incorrect wheel alignment
Incorrect wheel alignment causes excessive tyre wear, impairing the safety of the Audi A1. If you notice excessive tyre wear, contact your Audi dealer.
  • Always adapt the tyre pressure accordingly when the Audi A1 load changes.
  • Under-inflated tyres flex more and can overheat when carrying heavy loads or driving at high speeds. This can cause tread separation and tyre blow-out, which could result in an accident.
For the sake of the environment
Under-inflated tyres will increase the fuel consumption.

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