Came out of work this afternoon to notice that drivers front tire on the Mini was completely flat. Spent a hour getting the space saver off of the bottom of the car (a really stupid place to put it) and onto the car. I also hate stud type lug nuts and the hubs that hold on to the wheel. I get home on the spare and investigate the tire to discover that the tire is fine and it was the valve stem which failed. Yay, I don’t have to replace the tire. But this car has TPMS meaning that the valve stem probably costs more than the tire. Shit.
Update: turns out the TPMS sensor is not a part of the valve stem but rather a separate part. My mechanic ended up fixing it for free. I am taking the car in on Friday anyway to have a bunch of little issues adressed anyway.