2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Flat Tire
September 3, 2014
The tire pressure warning system on our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe isn't the good kind. Like our BMW 328, it will tell you when you have a flat and on which tire, but not what the exact tire pressure is.
So when our Jag started to intermittently flash its tire pressure warning light on the right rear, I had to guess that the tire was teetering right on that 20%-low threshold that usually activates these devices. And experience tells me that's a slow leak. And living in L.A. where we've got 9,000,000,000 construction sites, experience tells me the cause is a nail. And if my luck tells me anything, it's going to be right in the shoulder where it can't be patched...
Two out of three ain't bad. The tire was reading exactly 20% low, the cause of the leak was a finish nail, and the location of the hole was well within the safe zone for a patch.
The only bad news was seeing the tires up close at eye level. Turns out 550 horsepower through the rear wheels and monkey-grip from the fronts has a negative impact on tire life. They're not going to need to be replaced right now, but before the end of our loan, we'll be shopping for new meats.
Total cost: $30.
Total time: 20 minutes.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor