Flat Tire, Part 2 - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Flat Tire, Part 2

March 12, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

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.

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

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

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