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How Old (And Dangerous) Are Your VW’s Tyres?


One of the biggest advantages to owning and driving an older model Volkswagen Beetle is its history. It’s easy to sit back in the driver’s seat and imagine all the dreams your car has fulfilled over the years, and imagine all the wonder and excitement it will bring you in the coming years.

Just because your Volkswagen is old, though, doesn’t mean its parts have to be. As a VW Beetle owner it is your responsibility to ensure every Beetle part is safe, reliable, and functioning correctly, so your VW can keep on running like it should, and you can relax knowing it is safe to drive.

While the proper function of a VW is dependent on many types of Beetle parts, it is especially important for you to consider its tyres. Ageing tyres not only affect the way your Beetle drives, but can also be extremely dangerous.

Tyres and Old Age

In the past, car owners have been taught to always look at the tread of a tyre to determine its safety and age. If the tread was worn down, the tyre was said to be balding and it shouldn’t be used. This way of thinking is incorrect. Over time, the compounds in a tyre begin to deteriorate. This deterioration is not always visible on the outside, so it cannot be judged by the condition of the tread. Beetle spare tyres and even new tyres that have never been used but have been around for years can be just as deadly as older tyres with worn tread.

As a tyre ages, the rubber it is made of begins to crack. Think of it like a rubber band. If you have a rubber band sitting in a desk drawer for a year and one day you decide to take it out and stretch it, little cracks will be present in the rubber. On a tyre, these cracks are not always seen, but are sometimes visible on the inside of the tyre or the surface. Over time, this cracking can result in a separation of the steel belts located in the tread and the rest of the tyre.

When this separation occurs, the result can be deadly, especially if the car is in motion when it occurs. A driver can easily lose control of the VW, potentially risking their life and the life of others on the road.

Replacing VW Beetle Parts: How Long do Tyres Last

In most cases, tyres can last anywhere from six to ten years from the date they are manufactured. Several factors come into play, however, when calculating the expiration date for these Beetle parts.

• Heat- Research has shown that in warmer climates tyres tend to age much more quickly, especially in locations where the tyre is subjected often to sunlight and warmer temperatures.

• Storage- Whether you’re storing a tyre in a shop or garage or storing spares for your personal VW, the location is key. Spare tyres that are mounted on the back of a Beetle are left exposed to sun, weather, and dirt. Those that are stored in the trunk are exposed to high temperatures, especially in warmer climates. Thinking of it like baking the tyre in a miniature oven. Even if the tyre is sitting on a shelf, has not been inflated, and isn’t mounted on a wheel will still age, but much more slowly.

• Use- How do you treat your Beetle tyres? How many times have you accidentally hit the curb when pulling up to the bank’s drive through window? Do you only drive the Beetle on the weekend? The way the car is used will affect its ageing process dramatically, either slowing it down or increasing it. Always make sure you maintain proper tyre pressure, have the tyres rotated often, and have them inspected regularly by a professional.

Don’t be fooled by the thread. Old tyres, even those with thread in good condition, can be extremely dangerous on the road.

Need parts for your Beetle? Come to Veewee for the right parts and tools to keep your tyres in good condition, like gauges, footpumps, and cleaners.

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