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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual:  Introduction to the subject

In this chapter you will find information on the following subjects:

⇒ Preparations for changing a wheel 

⇒ Wheel bolts 

⇒ Lifting the vehicle with the vehicle jack 

⇒ Changing a wheel 

⇒ After changing a wheel 

Some vehicle designs and models are not delivered with a jack and lug wrench. In such cases, Volkswagen recommends having tires and wheels changed by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or an authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.

Change a wheel by yourself only if the vehicle is parked in a safe location, you are familiar with safety procedures and the technical steps, and you have proper tools available. Otherwise, get expert assistance.

The vehicle jack can only be safely used to change the wheel on a vehicle that has only one flat or damaged tire. The vehicle will not have the support it needs from three fully inflated tires. The vehicle can fall off the jack. If more than one tire on the vehicle is flat or damaged, do not lift the vehicle with the vehicle jack. Instead, get expert assistance.

More information:

  • Exterior views ⇒ Exterior views 
  • Vehicle key set ⇒ Vehicle key set 
  • Tires and wheels ⇒ Tires and wheels 
  • In an emergency ⇒ In an emergency 
  • Vehicle tool kit ⇒ Vehicle tool kit 
  • Wheel covers ⇒ Wheel covers 


Changing a wheel, especially on the side of the road, can be dangerous. To help reduce the risk of serious personal injury:
  • Always stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. Move the vehicle a safe distance off the road where it is safe to change the wheel.
  • Always make sure that all passengers, especially children, are in a safe place outside the vehicle and away from the vehicle and traffic (such as behind a guard rail).
  • Turn on the emergency flashers and set up another warning device about 25 yards (25 meters) behind the vehicle to warn approaching traffic.
  • Change a wheel by yourself only if you are familiar with the necessary steps. Otherwise, get expert assistance.
  • Always switch the engine off, apply the electronic parking brake, and shift the transmission into Park (P) (automatic transmission) or any gear (manual only) to help prevent the vehicle from moving suddenly and slipping off the jack.
  • Always make sure that the ground is level and firm. If necessary, place the jack on a large and sturdy board or on a similar ground support.
  • Always block the wheel diagonally opposite the wheel being changed with chocks or similar objects.
  • If you are towing a trailer, always unhitch it from your vehicle before starting to change the wheel. Always apply the trailer brakes firmly and make sure the trailer cannot move unintentionally.
  • Always use proper and undamaged tools when changing a wheel.
  • Once a wheel is lifted off the ground, having the transmission in Park (P) or in gear will not prevent sudden vehicle movement.
  • Always use a jack that has been approved by the manufacturer for your vehicle. Never use other jacks, even if they have been approved for use on other Volkswagen models.
  • To reduce the risk of losing control, crashes, and serious personal injuries, never loosen the screws on rims with threaded rim rings.
  • After changing a wheel, have the wheel bolt tightening torque checked with an accurate torque wrench.
  • After changing a wheel or tire, reset the Tire Pressure Monitoring System ⇒ Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) .
    Changing a wheel

    Preparations for changing a wheel
    Read and follow the introductory information and safety information first⇒Introduction to the subject  ...

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