2011 BMW 528i: The 'Nail' in Our Tire
July 25, 2011
Here's an addendum to Mr. Dover's Saturday post on our 2011 BMW 528i's new rear tires. You'll recall that Santa Monica BMW went to yellow alert when a service technician reportedly found a nail in our long-term car's left front tire.
Well, this is the "nail" -- the stem of a screw maybe 1/8 of an inch in diameter.
Thirty seconds after the team at Stokes had the 528i up on a lift, one of their techs yanked out the screw and handed it to me. (By the way, the staff at Stokes understand our need for photo documentation, and they never bristle when we wander into their workspace with a camera. Thanks, guys.)
And the damage is all cosmetic. No actual puncture. No need for a patch. Good to go.
To me, this begs the question: Why didn't the BMW service technician pull the screw out of the tire? It's not like this was the first time he'd seen a Bimmer with run-flat tires. If he was really looking at tire condition, he had to have known there wasn't an actual problem here.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor