Audi Q7 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi Q7: Run-flat tires

Applies to: vehicles with run-flat tires

Run-flat tires can allow you to remain driving when there is a loss of pressure.

Run-flat tires have reinforced sidewalls that protect the tire if there is a loss of pressure.

If the tire pressure monitoring system indicates a loss of pressure in one or several tires, you can continue driving on run-flat tires for at least 20 mi (30 km). Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility immediately to have the problem corrected.

Continuing to drive on run-flat tires is no longer possible if:

  • There is visible damage to the tires, such as cracks in the sidewalls
  • Strong vibrations are felt while driving, or the tire begins to smoke due to a strong build-up of heat
  • The tire has been heavily damaged, for example in an accident. There is a risk that parts of the tire tread will detach and damage important vehicle components.
  • The Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) is not working or is continuously running
  • The tire pressure monitoring system is not working

If it is no longer possible to continue driving despite having run-flat tires, see an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility for assistance.


Run-flat tires may only be used on vehicles that were equipped with them at the factory.

  • The vehicle must have suspension designed for run-flat tires and a factory-installed tire pressure monitoring system.
  • Incorrect use of run-flat tires can lead to vehicle damage or accidents. Contact an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility to learn if run-flat tires may be used on your vehicle and if so, which ones.
  • If run-flat tires are used, they must be installed on all four wheels. Mixing tire types is not permitted.
  • If you have to drive when the tire pressure is too low or there is no tire pressure, note the following:
    • Do not drive faster than 50 mph (80 km/h) because this increases the risk of an accident. Observe any laws specific to the country where you are driving
    • Avoid full-throttle acceleration, heavy braking, and fast cornering, because this increases the risk of an accident.
    • The vehicle may become more difficult to control.
    • See an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility for assistance if the tire is too heavily damaged.
  • Have the faulty tires replaced and the rims checked for damage by an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility.
  • The driver is responsible for the vehicle, for correcting the tire pressure, and for replacing faulty parts. Therefore, always adjust your driving to the current situation.


  • Audi Original run-flat tires can be identified by the "AOE" labeling on the tire sidewall.
  • You can use the tire mobility kit* on run-flat tires.


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