2014 Nissan Rogue: Suffering a Flat Tire While Parked
November 14, 2014
The call came in during the Veterans Day weekend. Someone had seen our 2014 Nissan Rogue parked in the Edmunds underground garage with a flat tire.
It wasn't that way when it was parked a few days earlier, but there it sat all cockeyed with the rim nearly touching the ground. It didn't take long to find the screw that was to blame.
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) will warn a driver that the pressure has dropped 25 percent below the set pressure. We can't say enough good things about the concept. The drivers of our long-term fleet vehicles have avoided the inconvenience of flat tires and roadside strandings dozens of times due to the early warning it provides.
If the nail is tightly seated the leak-down interval that triggers a warning can stretch out to several days, sometimes more. This screw was obviously there when the last driver parked it, but he had no idea because the warning light hadn't yet come on. The tire hadn't lost much pressure at that point, and it wouldn't have been noticeable to the naked eye.
So TPMS is great, but it can't issue a warning if the car isn't being driven as the air slowly oozes out. You could still return from a week's vacation to the unwelcome surprise of a flat tire in the airport parking lot.
But it didn't take long to sort it all out. We installed the temporary spare in the relative calm of the garage and drove the flat over to Stokes, our trusty local tire shop, to see if it was patchable.
I had my doubts. But once the tire was separated from the rim they found the screw was angled in towards the center of the tire and had emerged farther away from the sidewall than it looked from outside.
And so they deemed it safe for patching and quickly had us on our way. The Rogue is back up and running.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 14,093 miles