Audi A4 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi A4: Finishing

  • Reinstall any covers on the wheel bolts that were removed.
  • Store the vehicle tool kit in its designated place.
  • If the removed wheel does not fit in the spare wheel well, store it securely in the luggage compartment.
  • Check the tire pressure on the installed wheel as soon as possible.
  • Correct the tire pressure and store it in the MMI.
  • The wheel bolts must be tightened to 90 ft lbs (120 Nm). Have it checked as soon as possible with a torque wrench. Drive carefully until then.
  • Have the faulty wheel replaced as quickly as possible.

Space-saving spare tire

Applies to: vehicles with space-saving spare tire (compact spare tire)

The spare tire is intended for short-term use only.

Have the damaged tire checked and replaced if necessary by an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility as soon as possible.

There are some restrictions on the use of the compact spare tire. The compact spare tire has been designed specifically for your type of vehicle.

Do not replace it with the spare tire from another type of vehicle.

The compact spare tire is located in the luggage compartment under the cargo floor.

The tire pressure must be adjusted to a specified value listed on the tire pressure sticker fig. 167.

Snow chains

For technical reasons, the use of snow chains on the compact spare tire is not permitted.

If you have to drive with snow chains and a front tire fails, mount the spare tire in place of a rear tire. Install the snow chains on the rear tire that you removed, and install that in place of the front tire that failed.

WARNING

  • After installing a spare tire, the tire pressure must be checked as soon as possible.
  • Do not drive faster than 50 mph (80 km/h) with a compact spare tire. Driving faster than that increases the risk of an accident.
  • To reduce the risk of an accident, avoid hard acceleration or braking and driving fast around curves with the compact spare tire.
  • To reduce the risk of an accident, never drive with more than one compact spare tire.
  • Normal summer or winter tires must not be mounted on the compact spare wheel rim.

Note

Secure the spare tire in the spare tire well using the handwheel in order to reduce the risk of damage to other components.

Collapsible spare tire

Applies to: vehicles with collapsible spare tire

The collapsible spare tire is intended for shortterm use only. Have the damaged tire checked and replaced if necessary by an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility as soon as possible.

There are some restrictions on the use of the collapsible spare tire. The collapsible spare tire has been designed specifically for your type of vehicle.

Do not replace it with the collapsible spare tire from another type of vehicle.

The collapsible spare tire is located in the luggage compartment under the cargo floor.

Requirement: the vehicle tool kit  and the compressor must be laid out.

Removing

  • Lift the cargo floor using the handle.
  • Turn the handwheel counter-clockwise and remove it.
  • Remove the collapsible spare tire.

You must inflate the collapsible spare tire beforehand in order to use it.

Inflating

  • Remove the valve cap from the collapsible spare tire.
  • Tighten the compressor hose on the collapsible spare tire valve.
  • Connect the compressor hose to a vehicle socket and switch it on.
  • Let the compressor run until the specified value on the tire pressure sticker is reached fig. 167 .
  • Screw the valve cap back onto the valve.

Returning to storage

  • To release air, turn the valve insert. See an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility.
  • Turn the valve insert back once the air has been released.
  • Wait several hours before placing the collapsible spare tire in the spare wheel well. Only then will it fold down completely so that you can store it securely.
  • Then screw the valve cap back onto the valve.
  • Secure the collapsible spare tire with the handwheel.
  • Fold the cargo floor cover back into place.

Snow chains

Using snow chains on the collapsible spare tire is not permitted for technical reasons.

If you have to drive with snow chains and a front tire fails, mount the collapsible spare tire in place of a rear tire. Install the snow chains on the rear tire that you removed, and install that in place of the front tire that failed.

WARNING

  • Only use the collapsible spare tire in emergencies and drive very carefully, especially if it is more than six years old.
  • The compressor and the hose can become very hot during operation which increases the risk of burn injuries.
  • After installing a collapsible spare tire, the tire pressure must be checked as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of an accident.
  • Do not drive faster than 50 mph (80 km/h) with the collapsible spare tire. Driving faster than that increases the risk of an accident.
  • To reduce the risk of an accident, avoid hard acceleration or braking and driving fast around curves with the collapsible spare tire.
  • Never drive using more than one collapsible spare tire, because this increases the risk of an accident.
  • Normal tires or winter tires must not be mounted on the collapsible spare tire rim.

Note

The compressor must be switched off after six minutes at the most to reduce the risk of overheating. Let the compressor cool down for several minutes before using it again.

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