2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: No Repair for Severely Cut Tire
May 19, 2015
Was it a debris strike? A half-assed vandalism attempt by a would-be tire slasher? How long has it been like that anyway?
There's no way to tell. The left rear tire is holding air and the pressure is correct, so the TPMS warning light hasn't been triggered. I only found it because the gash and the setting sun happened to converge in the right place, catching my eye as I walked from the hatch to the driver's door of our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Whatever the cause, this tire is a goner. The slash is deep and I can see cut nylon belts down in there. It could come apart suddenly and violently if subjected to too much stress. At least it's a rear tire, largely removed from the bulk of steering, acceleration and braking forces. Because of this I decided I could drive it back to the office.
The GTI is out of service until we get it some new rubber.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,301 miles