Every so often we get a car in for service and what we find horrifies us.  Usually it’s something that could be potentially lethal.
This vehicle came in for a routine service.  Now, look carefully, as our mechanic did and you will see a hairline crack in the alloy wheel.
The crack goes right through.  Imagine driving at 70mph one day, the crack widens, and then the wheel collapses!  Just think! Gulp!
I have to give credit to our Graeme here, who spotted this, (I can say “Our Graeme” as he comes from up north!).  Graeme has been in the trade nearly as long as me. “So, he’s ancient then Mike?” No, it just means he is young looking and still has his hair, just like me! Lol!
Wheels are often very dirty, a crack can be easily hidden, older hands like Graeme’s are thorough, simple as that.
They have seen everything before, nothing fazes them, nothing surprises them and nothing escapes their attention.  Mechanics need a sixth sense sometimes and the best of them, like Graeme have just that.
They know what to look for, they see things others may well miss, they are simply the top guys.
I often use the analogy comparing our guys with the Football Premier League.  You can play for Woking (no offence Woking players), that’s really good, but you are just a National League player.  Playing in the Premier League is the top of the tree.  The best of the best! I consider our team of mechanics and technicians are the Premier League guys.
Have a great weekend
Mike Field
PS:  Spotting this could easily have saved a life.
Sometimes we all want to save a bit of money and so may choose what seems the ‘cheaper option’. We may miss a service or even go somewhere cheaper.  Well, I know who I would want to service my car.

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