2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS: New Shoe
August 27, 2010
Remember last week when we had a tire pressure problem we kinda/sorta attributed to, perhaps, faulty inititial settings by the 'zuk techs? Well, looks like there may have been more going on that just a low setting.
Yesterday, one of our staffers came into the office complaining that all of the tires had gone low forcing a gas station air-up. He didn't trust the gauge there and grabbed one from the office to find that, miraculously, all of the tires were now--- back to cold after a few hours sitting-- at the proper spec, excpt one. The one, right front, was already down to 24 psi.
Off to Stokes Tire Pros in Santa Monica we went.
Turns out that the offending tire had a small hole in it where the sidewall meets the tread. D'oh! We've got exceptional aim sometimes.
They didn't have a new P235/45R18 94V Dunlop SP Sport 7000 in stock, but a vendor did and they could have it early next day (today). It was already past 3 so we asked them to hang onto the Suzuki-- they offered to throw the spare on for us if we needed it for the evening-- and call us when it was done.
Just before noon today we got the call stating that, for the princely sum of $228.75 we could have our Suzuki back. Concerned about the other problems we'd told them about, our man there hooked us up and had his techs check all of the tires and re-tighten the TPMS dongle which is often the cause of slow leaks.
We'll let you know if they stay full this time 'round.
Mike Magrath, Associate Editor @ 10,144 miles