Punctured tires Your vehicle is fitted with tubeless tires, which may not leak if penetrated by a sharp object, provided the object remains in the tire. If you are aware of this occurring, reduce speed immediately and drive with caution until the spare wheel can be fitted.
Tires fitted as original equipment have wear indicators moulded into the tread pattern. When the tread has worn down to 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) the indicators start appearing at the surface of the tread pattern, producing the effect of a continuous band of rubber across the width of the tire.
A tire MUST be replaced as soon as an indicator band becomes visible or the tread depth reaches the minimum permitted by legislation.
A puncture of this kind will eventually cause the tire to lose pressure, which is why regular (and frequent) checking of tire pressures is important.
Punctured or damaged tires must be permanently repaired or replaced as soon as possible, if in doubt, see expert advice. DO NOT DRIVE WITH A PUNCTURED TIRE!
Tread depth must be checked regularly (at every maintenance service, or more frequently). Always replace a tire before the tread reaches a remaining depth of 1.6 mm (1/16 inch). DO NOT drive with tires worn to this limit, the safety of the vehicle and occupants will be adversely affected.
NOTE: After off-road use, check to make sure there are no lumps or bulges in the tires or exposure of the ply or cord structure.
Valves Keep the valve caps screwed down firmly - they prevent dirt from entering the valve. Check the valve for leaks (listen for a tell-tale hissing) when you check the tire pressure.