A tire burst is a sudden, catastrophic failure of a tire. Most often, tire bursts occur due to excessive speed or overloading, but they can also be caused by manufacturing defects, tire damage, or even old age.
When a tire bursts, the air inside escapes quickly, causing the tire to collapse. This can lead to serious accidents, as the vehicle may lose control or even overturn. In some cases, tire bursts can also cause injuries to people nearby. For this reason, it’s important to always drive safely and within the speed limit, and to regularly inspect your tires for signs of wear and tear.
If you do experience a tire burst, pull over as soon as possible and call for help.
Volkswagen tires are designed to provide a balance of all-season traction, handling, and comfort. Each Volkswagen tire is crafted with care to meet the specific needs of the make and model of Volkswagen vehicle.
Your Volkswagen’s tire is made up of several different parts, including the tread, sidewall, bead, and carcass. The tread is the part of the tire that contacts the road and provides grip. The sidewall is the portion of the tire between the tread and the bead and helps protect the inner layers of the tire from damage. The bead is the innermost part of the tire that sits on the wheel rim and helps to keep the tire properly seated. Finally, the carcass is the main body of the tire that gives it strength and durability.
All of the above parts must be in good shape to prevent a tire from bursting. If it does, this is not only a loud experience, but a burst tire can lead to loss of control of your vehicle and serious accidents.
It’s important to know how to maintain your tires and seek routine care from professionals who can inspect them and reassure you that they are in good condition. They can also advise you if and when you need to replace a tire.
Proactive Maintenance to Prevent Burst Tires
Good tire maintenance is important for a number of reasons. Not only does it prevent burst tires, but properly inflated VW tires help to improve your fuel economy. Properly aligned and rotated tires help to improve your VW’s traction and handling.
Volkswagen tires are specifically engineered to deliver optimal performance, and as such, they require regular care and attention. Improperly inflated tires can adversely burst due over- or under-inflation, and tires can wear down, which negatively impacts braking and traction.
Volkswagen recommends that drivers check their tire pressure at least once a month. Many newer VW models have a tire pressure monitoring system which displays on the dashboard. This is an easy way to constantly view your tire condition and make any necessary adjustments to pressure. It will also warn you if it detects a problem.
It is important to reduce speed, pull over somewhere safe, and inspect any tire that has a warning on your dashboard. There could be a nail in it, it could be bulging, or it could be a sensor problem.
Volkswagen suggests their vehicles have their tires rotated every 7,500 miles. Additionally, Volkswagen recommends that drivers have their tires aligned every 12,000 miles. This can help prevent tires from bursting. By following Volkswagen’s recommended maintenance schedule, drivers can help to ensure that their Volkswagen runs smoothly and safely for years to come.
Dieter’s Porsche & BMW Service
We always want our clients and everyone to be safe on the roadways. You can check your tires for problems at any time.
- Swaying, shaking, or dragging when driving
- High or low tire pressure
- Blemishes, cracks, or uneven wear
- Higher gas bill than normal at the pump
- Vibrating steering wheel at highway speeds
- Pulling to either side of the lane when driving
If you experience any of these signs of a tire problem, visit us right away. We will inspect your tires both visually and with equipment to properly diagnose any issues and advise you of our findings. If you are in or near Chula Vista, Coronado, Mission Valley, Point Loma, or San Diego, CA, we are a phone call away. Come in to see us to speak with our mechanics about any questions you have about your tires.