I mentioned in yesterday’s post that the Toronto way of life seems a bit flat.
That sentiment was driven, in part, by a flat tire. As I drove in to work yesterday, the BMW iDrive system sternly announced a flat tire. And, given that I have run flat tires, restrict speed to 80 km/h or less until the tire gets replaced. Which, on the Don Valley Parking Lot, is not an issue.
I went to the dealer for help. The left rear tire had a nail.
“Can’t patch it,” said the service tech, “We have to put on a new tire.”
“How much?” I asked.
“About a thousand dollars installed. Unless, of course, you bought the wheel and tire warranty when you got the car. Then we replace the tire without charge.”
I don’t normally buy warranty extension coverage plans but when I purchased the BMW, I decided that the five hundred dollars was a wise investment to protect the wheels and tires. I had a couple of issues with my last car and I learned from that experience. So, no charge on this little incident.
The run flat tire is an interesting technology. The BMW was able to ascertain a flat tire even though it was a slow leak. The rear tire had dropped about 2psi. The system continuously monitors tire rotation on all four wheels and compares the rate of rotation to determine if a tire pressure change has occured. If it senses a change in pressure, it alerts the driver.