|Page 4:1 Wheels and tyres
Wheels and tyresThe handling and riding comfort of the
vehicle is dependent on the tyre pressure
and the type of tyres fitted. Read the
following pages carefully:
Page 4:1 Wheels and tyres this index
Page 4:2 General
Page 4:3 Tread wear indicators
Page 4:4 Inflation pressures
|Page 4:2 Wheels and tyres
General informationYour vehicle left the factory fitted 195/65 R 15 90 tyres. The
tyre desigination is coded as follows:
195 tyre width in millimetres
65 tyre profile. Section height to tyre width expressed in percent
R radial tyres
15 rim diameter in inches
90 code number for maximum tyre load, in this case 600 kg
H speed rating. Indicates the maximum speed the tyre is intended
for. In this case 210 km/h.
The tyres have good road-holding characteristics and offer very safe
handling on dry and wet surfaces - even at high speeds. It should be
noted, however, that the tyres have been developed to give these
features on snow-free surfaqces. for optimum road holding on icy
or snow-covered roads we recommended Volvo winter tyres.
When replacing tyres, be sure that the new tyres are the same size
(designation), type (radial) and preferably from the same manu-
facturer, on all four wheels. Otherwise there is a risk of altering the
road-holding characteristics of the vehicle.
|Page 4:3 Tread wear indicators, Winter tyres
Tread wear indicatorsThe tyres incorporate tread wear indicators in
the form of sections of the tyre pattern with
a slightly less deep bed. When these sections
become prominent there is only 1/2 mm of
the tread left, and you should change the
tyre as soon as possible. Remember that tyre
treads worn down to less than 1/2 mm have
very poor grip when driving in rain or
How to improve tyre economy
Flat spotsAll tyres become warm during use. On cooling, when the vehicle is
parked,, the tyres have tendency to disort slightly forming flat
spots. These flat spots can cause vibrations similar to the vibrations
caused by unbalanced wheels.
They do, however, disappear when the tyre warms up. The tendency
to form flat spots depends on the type of cord used in the tyre.
Remember in cold weather it takes longer for the tyre to warm up
and consequently longer for the flat spot to disappear.
Winter tyresTyres for winter use:
The following snow tyres are recommended: 185/65 R15 and 175/70
The tyres must be fitted on all four wheels.
Only some rims from other volvo models can be used. Check with
your Volvo dealer.
Studded tyres should be run-in 500-1000 km (300-600 miles)
during which the car should be driven as smooth as possible to give
the studs the opportunity of bedding properly in the tyres.
The tyres should have the same rotation direction throughout their
In other words if you wish to change round the wheels make sure
that the same wheels are always on the ame side of the car.
Note: Regulations governing the use of studded tyres vary from
country to country.
Snow chains can be fitted on the rear wheels provided they have fine
links and do not project from the tyre so that they scape the brake
fittings or other components. Do not attach snow chains to the front
Volvo dealers can supply snow chains specially designed by Volvo.
Note: Do not exceed 60 km/h if snow chains are fitted. On no account
may grip links be fitted as the space between the brake components
and the wheel rims is inadequate.
|Page 4:4 Tyre pressures and wear
Tyre pressure is important!Check the tyre inflation pressurees regularly, The correct tyre
pressures are shown in the table on the right.
Incorrect type pressures adversely affect the handling and ride
of the vehicle and cause rapid wear.
Note that the values shown in the table refer to cold tyres.
The tyre temperature rises after driving only a few kilometres.
If the tyres are warm, correct only when the pressure is too low.
Inflation pressure can also be effected by the air temperature
it is therefore advisable to check your tires outdoors
while they are still cold.