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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual: Snow chains

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Obey local regulations as well as the applicable speed limits when driving with snow chains.

Snow chains improve forward motion, traction and braking characteristics under wintry conditions.

Snow chains may be used only on the front wheels when driving on roads and highways. This applies even to all-wheel drive vehicles (4MOTION). Snow chains may be used only in the following tire and wheel rim combinations:

Tire dimensions Rim
215/65 R16 6 1/2 J x 16 ET 33
215/60 R17 6 1/2 J x 17 ET 33

Please contact your authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility about appropriate wheel, tire and snow chain dimensions.

If possible, use only chains with low profile links that are not thicker than 37/64 in (15 mm) including the tensioner.

Remove hubcaps and decorative rim rings before installing snow chains ⇒ . However, for safety reasons, caps must be installed on the wheel bolts. These are available from authorized Volkswagen dealers and authorized Volkswagen Service Facilities.

Compact spare

For technical reasons, snow chains cannot be used on the compact spare ⇒ Compact spare wheel .

If you must use snow chains and have a compact spare tire mounted, move the compact spare wheel to the rear axle if a front tire has to be replaced. The tire taken off the rear axle can then be used to replace the flat front tire. Be sure to install the unidirectional tires so that they will run in the proper direction. Volkswagen recommends installing the snow chains before mounting the wheel to the vehicle.


Using the wrong snow chains or installing snow chains improperly can cause accidents and severe personal injuries.
  • Always use the proper snow chains.
  • Follow the installation instructions provided by the snow chain manufacturer.
  • Never exceed the permissible speed limit when driving with snow chains.


  • Remove snow chains when roads are free of snow. Otherwise, the chains can damage the tires, impair vehicle handling and can be quickly worn down.
  • Snow chains can scratch or damage wheel rims, if they have direct contact with the rims. Volkswagen recommends using coated snow chains.

Snow chains are available in different sizes for each vehicle model.

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