2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Flat Tire, Part 2
March 12, 2013
After we had our 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet towed to Allen Tire in Lake Forest to fix its flat left rear tire, the next question was: What caused it?
As mentioned in the last update, I had spun the tire around, felt all the tread and couldn't find a nail or anything obvious. After some air was added, it turned out to be a cut sidewall. How exactly it got cut is not clear, but the fact the rim is also slightly bent points to hitting a pothole.
But that's a bit weird on two levels. First, I sure didn't think I hit any hole hard enough to bend a rim or cut a tire. Second, they don't even allow potholes down here in Orange County.
But the cut sidewall meant we needed a new tire. The tire shop was able to get a Pirelli PZero, size 295/30ZR20, to the store by the end of the day. With mounting and balancing, the total came to $661.38.
On the bright side, the 911 is back on the road and that slightly bent wheel doesn't seem to be a problem.
On the down side, those damn 20s.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 2,531 miles