A lot of attention is given, rightfully so, to road safety. We spend thousands of hours a year inside a small(ish) metal box speeding along besides other small(ish) metal boxes. Every time we climb inside a vehicle we are taking a calculated risk. While we may collectively fear plane crashes, statistically we are far more likely to be injured in a car crash. While that might sound alarmist it is simply a fact of modern life. Cars are our primary mode of transportation and we are obligated to keep them as safe as possible on the road, not only for ourselves but for all of our fellow drivers. One of the most important things you can do to ensure your safety, and that of your loved ones, is keep a close eye on your tires. Not sure what to look for? We are. And if we spot a safety concern you’ll be the first to know.
Tire damage comes in many different shapes and sizes. The customer above had not been in to our shop for over a year, however, within that time they had **out of convenience** visited other shops for oil changes. The obvious damage to the tire above was never mentioned even on their most recent visit. Damage like this can easily lead to a tire blow out and cause a serious accident. While we do not sell tires we take your safety very seriously and are sure to alert you to any damage we find.
This tire belongs to a customer who brings his Jetta in for every single service to Hillside Imports. We see this car at least twice a year, which is what we recommend to all of our customers. The damage shown above could be caused by something as commonplace as driving over a pothole and breaking a belt on the tire. Regardless of how the damage gets there it is imperative to replace the tire to prevent further problems. Whether you come in for a bulb check or a service we’re always keeping our eye out for any potential safety concerns. If we don’t tell you then how can you expect to know?
Another common tire problem we see at the shop is uneven tire wear. The tire above belongs to a 2001 Passat. If you’ve ever driven a B5 or B5.5 Passat then you are likely very familiar with the dreaded control arms and tie rod ends. There are eight control arms along with tie rod ends on both sides in the front of the Passat and when they start to fail you will experience uneven tire wear. This tire wear is not likely to cause a blow out or accident but it will shorten the lifespan of your tires and we know how expensive tires are, we want you to get the most use out of your investment as you possibly can!
Keeping you informed and safely on the road is our priority. If we spot a problem with your tires we will promptly pass that information on to you so you can make your best, informed, decision about your car repairs.
Owner, Hillside Imports
Rene Rodriguez has over 25 years of experience working exclusively on VW and late model Audis. As Hillside Imports owner, and service writer, he’s dedicated the past 20 years to educating consumers about safety, reliability and performance.