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

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet: Flat Tire

October 2, 2013

2013 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet

Last Wednesday I was hot-lapping our long-term 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet around The Streets of Willow, a tight small racetrack 100 miles northeast of our Santa Monica office. I had checked the tires and the tire pressures before the car touched the track.

That night I drove the 911 home. 110 miles. No problem.

2013 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet

The next morning I drove it south to Torrance to visit my friends at Starlite Rod & Kustom. Still nothing.

And then it happened. As soon as I fired up the Porsche to drive from Torrance to Santa Monica (about 25 miles) the low tire light fired up on the car's instrument cluster. A few stalk toggles and the Carrera's TPM (Tire Pressure Monitor) clearly told me that it was the 911's left rear that was down. Down from 44 psi to 30 psi.

At that pressure I could make the drive, but I wouldn't want it to get any lower. I drove gingerly and kept one eye on the pressures. It was holding.

Back in Santa Monica I drove straight to Stokes Tire. There was no missing the long screw stuck in the Pirelli's tread. Thankfully it could be patched. They jumped right on it and 30 minutes and $30 later the Porsche and I were back on the road.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 17,908 miles


  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    better diagnosis than what Pep Boys did with the Tesla!

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    Yeah, a poorly placed sheet rock screw can ruin you day. Kinda hurts to have to patch pricey rolling stock like Pirelli.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    I applaud the writer's ability to extract 220 words out of "got a flat, got it fixed."

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    you got lucky... i presume they follow the RMA's guidelines for tire repair... any punctures in the outside tread blocks mean replacement... i know some tire shops push the envelope on that.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I was wondering what the hot lapping at Streets or the visit to the rod & custom shop had to do with the flat tire or the repair...and then I saw the byline.

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