Audi Q3 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi Q3: New tires or wheels

Audi recommends having all work on tires or wheels performed by an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility.

These facilities have the proper knowledge and are equipped with the required tools and replacement parts.

  • New tires do not yet have the optimal gripping properties.

    Drive carefully and at moderate speeds for the first 350 miles (500 km) with new tires.

  • Only use tires with the same design, size (rolling circumference), and as close to the same tread pattern as possible on all four wheels.
  • Do not replace tires individually.

    At least replace both tires on the same axle at the same time.

  • Audi recommends using Audi Genuine Tires. If you would like to use different tires, please note that the tires may perform differently even if they are the same size.
  • If you would like to equip your vehicle with a tire and rim combination that is different from what was installed at the factory, consult with an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility before making a purchase.

Because the spare tire is different from the regular tires installed on the vehicle (such as winter tires or wide tires), only use the spare tire temporarily in case of emergency and drive carefully while it is in use. It should be replaced with a regular tire as soon as possible.

Applies to: vehicles with all wheel drive: All four wheels must be equipped with tires that are the same brand and have the same construction and tread pattern so that the drive system is not damaged by different wheel speeds.

For this reason, in case of emergency, only use a spare tire that is the same circumference as the regular tires.


  • Only use tire/rim combinations and suitable wheel bolts that have been approved by Audi. Otherwise, damage to the vehicle and an accident could result.
  • For technical reasons, it is not possible to use tires from other vehicles. In some cases, you cannot even use tires from the same vehicle model.
  • Make sure that the tires you select have enough clearance to the vehicle. Replacement tires should not be chosen simply based on the nominal size, because tires with a different construction can differ greatly even if they are the same size. If there is not enough clearance, the tires or the vehicle can be damaged and this can reduce driving safety and increase the risk of an accident.
  • Only use tires that are more than six years old when absolutely necessary and drive carefully when doing so.
  • Do not use run-flat tires on your vehicle. Using them when not permitted can lead to vehicle damage or accidents.
  • If you install wheel covers on the vehicle, make sure they allow enough air circulation to cool the brake system. If they do not, this could increase the risk of an accident.
  • Mounting a tire on the rim incorrectly can result in tire damage or failure. To reduce the risk of an accident, only trained personnel may mount a tire on the rim.


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