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#1 OFFLINE   peteh

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Posted 18 November 2015 - 02:41 PM

Hi,

 

I've just bought a set of brand new 16" Aspen alloys and Pirelli winter tyres via Ebay from a VW dealer for £400, which I'm very pleased with. These seem to be the VW winter tyre and wheel package for the Tiguan from last year. What I cannot find is any definitive answer to what pressure to run them at. I will be fitting them to a current R-Line 150 which is currently on 18" s.

 

Any thoughts ?

 

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Posted 18 November 2015 - 06:25 PM

We have discovered that recommended pressures are different per locale. They should be set at the same pressure as what the Packard says. 


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Posted 18 November 2015 - 09:57 PM

Thanks for the response, but I'm not sure what a Packard is though !?



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Posted 19 November 2015 - 12:50 AM

A Packard was a car brand long gone. The Plackard or sticker on the door jamb is what I am referring to. Stupid spell check

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Posted 20 November 2015 - 02:34 PM

Yes, I've just fitted my winter wheels & tyres and inflated them to the same pressures per the placard on the fuel filler flap.  But Pete's question has made me think again.

 

It's true that the manual says to run summer, all season, and winter tyres at the same pressures.  But does changing the wheel/tyre size have a bearing?  The placard presumably refers to the original size (in Pete's case 18", in mine 17"), but the winter wheels and tyres are 16", so the tyres have correspondingly deeper sidewalls.

 

For the moment I'm sticking with the placard pressures, but further thoughts would be welcomed.

 

PS - if you've just switched to winter tyres don't forget to tell your insurance company, mine were please to know and didn't charge me for updating the cover.


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Posted 20 November 2015 - 03:36 PM

Good question, and the long answer is, it all depends. Some vehicles are good with the same pressure across all the recommended tire sizes, some are not. Too much pressure and the center of the tread section can bulge out and cause excessive wear in the center. Under inflated will eat the edges. Air pressure can also affect ride and sidewall flex. For the Tig, I recommend what is on the sticker and if you want go up 2psi ( I do, feels tighter, better mileage) but not much more than that.  


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Posted 20 November 2015 - 10:05 PM

On my last Tig summers were 18's and winters were 16's. They both were inflated by VW service to 38PSI as per the sticker.

 

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Posted 20 November 2015 - 10:22 PM

Our Tig came with the optional UK R-Line 19" summers and the sticker says 36psi. I changed to the "standard" R-Line 18" fitted with winter tyres today and checked they were also at 36psi.

 

Like DPemberton, I now wonder if the pressures are different for different wheel/tyres sizes.

 

Does anyone in the UK have a 2015 R-Line with the standard 18" alloys and can post a photo of their sticker?


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Posted 21 November 2015 - 03:21 PM

All - Thanks for the feedback on this. I was thinking it would be relatively straightforward to find this out, but apparently not ! Does anyone, maybe from another country than the UK where I am, have a Tig with the 16" wheels and 215/65 tyres as standard fitment, and can advise what it says in their manual or on the fuel flap sticker ?

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Posted 21 November 2015 - 04:03 PM

An interesting variation in recommended pressures. 18" and 16" wheels both at 38psi; 19" and 18" wheels both at 36psi.  Mine are 17" with 235/55 tyres and the recommended pressure is 32psi front and rear when there are two occupants.  J.


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Posted 21 November 2015 - 06:40 PM

Here is a photo of our tyre pressure sticker in case it helps anyone.

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Aug 2015 Tiguan 19" Tyre Pressures (R Line 2.0d 184 DSG, UK vehicle)
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Posted 22 November 2015 - 02:18 PM

All - Thanks for the feedback on this. I was thinking it would be relatively straightforward to find this out, but apparently not ! Does anyone, maybe from another country than the UK where I am, have a Tig with the 16" wheels and 215/65 tyres as standard fitment, and can advise what it says in their manual or on the fuel flap sticker ?
Thanks
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My Canadian Tig says 38 psi for all sizes. I run 18's int he summer and the 215/65R16 in the winter.

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Posted 22 November 2015 - 03:01 PM

Ditto to Shawn's post when I had my 18's and 16's.

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 10:40 AM

Hi,

 

I've just bought a set of brand new 16" Aspen alloys and Pirelli winter tyres via Ebay from a VW dealer for £400, which I'm very pleased with. These seem to be the VW winter tyre and wheel package for the Tiguan from last year. What I cannot find is any definitive answer to what pressure to run them at.

 

I've just done the same having stumbled across a set at a remarkably good price.  Dealer told me they were issued by VW to demo the benefit of winter tyres, but they never fitted them.

 

Have you run them over the winter?  If so any comments?  From the pictures (I don't have the wheels yet) the Aspen spokes don't strike me as looking appropriately chunky for Tiguan!


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:11 PM

Hadn't got around to fitting the winter's mentioned above - bit daft not to get some use out of them, but I've been keeping an eye on medium-term forecasts and they were mild. 

 

However the forecast upcoming cold (that'll make our Canadian friends laugh!) spell spurred me into action and I got the winter's on - courtesy of Costco, as I've hurt one of my shoulders and didn't fancy jacking the car up four times!

 

Had a bit of a "discussion" with the Costco people as they were adamant the 16" tyres should be 32lbs vs the standard 17" at 36.  My understanding is they should be same as the 17's (ie 36lbs) and there's a lot of sidewall on the 16" tyres which just looked too "bulgy" ar 32.  I put 36 in them once I got home and they seem fine to drive on.

 

Interestingly my tyre label also has another set of pressures for "comfort" - at 33lbs all round.  Full load is still 36 front and 39 rear.


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 07:16 PM

FWIW I am with you Rory on putting 36lbs. Here my dealership puts my 16-inch winter and summer tyres to 38!

 

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:25 PM

Keep in mind that recommended tire pressures seem to locale dependent. We here discovered this a few years back. So what North America has can be different than the UK or elsewhere.  


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Posted 13 January 2017 - 06:54 PM

6 lbs from max has worked for me for 36 years. No irregular or cupping wear from any tire. Father taught me that. He had a fleet I had a fleet.

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 07:12 PM

6 lbs from max has worked for me for 36 years. No irregular or cupping wear from any tire. Father taught me that. He had a fleet I had a fleet.

Your father taught you well!!! I have never taken note of the max pressure on my 16's or any other tire for that matter. Can you share what the max rating is for 16's at least?

 

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 07:49 PM

It will depend on the tire size not the rim size, but that said, 6 lbs. from max is an interesting way to inflate tires.

 

Over the past few years I have run Michelin AS/3 (18") for the summer. Factory recommend 38, but I ran 40 for the life of the tire because it felt better and the fuel economy was substantially better. The always wore very flat, but by end of life you could see they wore slightly over-inflated. Still the wear was well worth the fuel not burned. 


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