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Well I managed to get just over 5 months before getting a nail in one of my tires. I noticed the right rear tire had a nail bent in it this morning. It doesn't look like it has punctured the entire tire as the pressure is still up. So that is lucky for now.

The nail is one of those short flat nails used in construction - no idea where I picked it up. It is actually bent, with most of the nail not being in the tire. So that is probably why it isn't a full flat tire.

Still annoying - especially as the tires are pretty expensive - tire rack has them listed at $391 each. And the tire only has 3,000 miles on it, so it is relatively new.

I didn't go for the tire/wheel insurance when I got the car because in order for it to make sens you had to get 4 flat tires. hopefully that won't happen!
 

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Yup, those sticky rubber performance tires are nail magnets.

Ever since Porsche decided we don't need spare tires, and that a can of goo and a compressor is good enough, I carry a tire puncture repair kit in my trunk, just in case I need to rely on my own wits to get home.
 

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Follow up - I took the car to two tire shops nearby. In the end it turned out the nail hadn't gone vertically into the tire but instead it went horizontally into the tread. So when it was pulled out the carcass of the tire wasn't damaged - just the top part of the tread. So no fix was necessary. Good news there.

Also both places said they could not be held responsible if they scratched the wheel when mounting a tire on it because Porsche wheel are notoriously difficult to mount tires onto. Does anyone else have any experience with mounting tires by non-Porsche shops?
 

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Yes, I had had two four wheel sets an another nail damaged tire mounted by a non-Porsche shop. They (Wheel Specialist Inc) mention no problems mounting the tires and always included tire match and road force balancing. You might want to see if WSI or a similar shop is in your area.
 

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Follow up - I took the car to two tire shops nearby. In the end it turned out the nail hadn't gone vertically into the tire but instead it went horizontally into the tread. So when it was pulled out the carcass of the tire wasn't damaged - just the top part of the tread. So no fix was necessary. Good news there.

Also both places said they could not be held responsible if they scratched the wheel when mounting a tire on it because Porsche wheel are notoriously difficult to mount tires onto. Does anyone else have any experience with mounting tires by non-Porsche shops?
Well, after only eight days of owning the car and six days of driving, (a whopping 1,100 miles) driving home on the freeway last night, something pinched the sidewall of the tire and put a half inch gash in the sidewall just above the rim. I did not feel anything. The tire went flat in less than 1/8 of a mile. The TMPS did well in warning me of the impending drama, and I pulled over immediately. Pictures are below. I had the car towed home and ordered a new tire from Discount Tires with delivery scheduled for Monday (nothing in stock locally or at least I thought). I called Bellevue Porsche this morning and behold the tire was in stock and sit down for this, it was $50 less than Discount Tires, $250 versus $302. Anyway, the new tire is now mounted (no scratches to the wheel) and will be back on the car this afternoon;-)
 

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Also both places said they could not be held responsible if they scratched the wheel when mounting a tire on it because Porsche wheel are notoriously difficult to mount tires onto. Does anyone else have any experience with mounting tires by non-Porsche shops?
I think what they meant was Porsche owners are notoriously difficult to deal with when we scratch their wheels...:D
I use an indy repair shop for years to mount/balance tires. They work on higher end cars only and I have never had any issues. I'd stay clear form tire only discount facilities with wheels you care about.
 

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I think what they meant was Porsche owners are notoriously difficult to deal with when we scratch their wheels...:D
I use an indy repair shop for years to mount/balance tires. They work on higher end cars only and I have never had any issues. I'd stay clear form tire only discount facilities with wheels you care about.
I have a friend who owns multiple tire/tyre specialist facilities. His comment to me when I enquired with a previous Porsche was that he'd rather not as the wheels are too easy to damage (He's always been happy to supply & fit our other vehicles). Since then I've always just gone to my nearest Porsche dealership. They've never caused any damage, not to a wheel anyway & they've always been pretty decent with their prices. It also gives me the reassurance that any minor mishaps will be promptly & professionally rectified.
 

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I have a friend who owns multiple tire/tyre specialist facilities. His comment to me when I enquired with a previous Porsche was that he'd rather not as the wheels are too easy to damage (He's always been happy to supply & fit our other vehicles). Since then I've always just gone to my nearest Porsche dealership. They've never caused any damage, not to a wheel anyway & they've always been pretty decent with their prices. It also gives me the reassurance that any minor mishaps will be promptly & professionally rectified.
I had exactly the same "cautions" when asking various tyre-fitters about new rubber for my Moto Guzzi--too difficult, can't avoid marking the wheels, etc.

The Moto Guzzi shops have never had any problems.

Maybe it's a skill thing.:laugh:

Greg
 

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Most tire shops in my area are interested in getting the job done as quickly as possible. That's why they don't offer (unless you pay an exorbitant price) tire match or road force balancing. The Wheel Specialist shop I go to cater to Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes and other exotic car makes. They don't mine if you watch the installer and talk with him. In addition, they clean your tires and wheels inside and out after every install. Strangely enough, they don't seem to change anymore than any other installer.
 
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That's why it helps to know people in the community, go to meets when you can, take part in forums, etc.
When you're just another somebody in an industry that operates like this then you're in a tough spot.

It shouldn't be like this but sadly that's the reality.

It will change when everything is AI :D
 
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