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Volkswagen Touran Service Manual: Tires with Rim Protector

The tire industry produces tires with rim protector for light alloy wheels (rim protector). The rim protector prevents damage to the light alloy wheels caused by contact with curbs.
Using tires with rim protector on steel wheels with wheel covers may lead to the loss of the wheel cover while driving. The cover separates from its secure seating due to the flexing of the tire.
  WARNING
When installing tires on steel rims, ensure only tires without rim protector are mounted.
   
The illustration shows the non-permissible combination of steel rim, wheel cover and tire with rim protector.
A -  Rim protector
B -  Rim flange of a steel rim
C -  Wheel cover
  WARNING
This combination must not be mounted!
  Tires with Rim Protector

Tire Sizes, AWD Vehicles

Note the following regarding AWD vehicles:
Only tires having the same size and are manufactured by the same manufacturer and have the same profile may be used on the front and rear.
Different rolling circumferences will lead to tension on the drivetrain and increased tire wear with possible damage to the drivetrain.
This also applies to front and rear tires that are worn differently. In this case, install tires with a larger tread depth.
   
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