Tire change

Tesla recommends tire rotation, balance and wheel alignment after 10,000-12,000 miles. As per how long will the tires last before you need to change them, I had a little bit over 20,000 miles in my Model S when I changed them.

Are Tesla tires different than regular tires? Tesla tires are built to optimize performance, safety, reliability and durability. Tesla tires are also 'acoustically insulated' which means they are some of the quietest in the market.

When in need of a tire change, and depending on where you are located, Costco, America's Tire, Discount Tire, amongst others, can serve you. I used Tesla's Mobile Service and was very pleased with the experience.

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Blog posts related to Tire change

How much does it cost to fix a flat tire in a Tesla Model S

February 28, 2020

I got a flat tire on my Model S' rear right tire the other day. What do you do without a spare tire and how much does it cost to replace a tire in a Tesla Model S?

Tesla maintenance costs and service frequency

February 10, 2020

There isn’t a one-year or a two-year service as such, but Tesla recommends checking quite a few things at the two-year mark. Here’s a list, the cost, and how to schedule an appointment via Tesla's mobile app.

Videos about Tire change

Past Tesletter articles

Best Model 3 compatible tires v2

We included the first version of this table a few week ago. Now the author has improved it with a lot of feedback from the community. Even if you are not shopping for tires it is worth bookmarking this link.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #77

Comparison of best Model 3 compatible tires (18'', 19'', 20'')

Shopping for tires? Well, even if you aren’t, I think you should keep this link. Reddit user twinbee has created this really useful table of tires from each tire category using the Tirerack.com. Great resource for Model 3 owners!

Read more: Reddit

From issue #73

Fixing a nail in the tire at Costco

It turns out at Costco they can patch your tire after removing a nail for just $11. But, will they know what they’re doing? Do they touch a lot of Telas?

Read more: TMC Forum

From issue #20

Getting ready for the winter weather!

Need a safe jack to get ready for swapping winter tires? We got you. A Tesla-specific jack pad is included with each stand. Fits Tesla’s official lifting point for Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y. Purchase 2 and get FREE shipping. Easy peasy.

From issue #127

How to jack up your M3 when doing a wheel change

The Model 3 has small jack points, messing up when changing the tires could puncture the battery liner. How should it be done?

Read more: Reddit

From issue #13

I spend more (money) on tires than fuel

After two years of owning a Model S, this owner has spent more money per mile on tires than on electricity. These are his calculations:

  • Tires: $1300/40k mi = 3.25 cents/mi
  • Electricity: $0.07/kWh * 1 kWh/3 mi = 2.3 cents/mi

As one of the comments mentioned when he or she complained about the cost of replacing the performance tires… “you gotta pay to play.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #67

M3 complete wheel swap guide summer / winter

Plus rotation and TPMS programming. Winter is coming! And depending on where you live the need to swap your tires, here is how to do that for the Model 3

From issue #29

Michelin CrossClimate+ 18 tires for the Model 3: Yay or Nay?

Paul Braren has done extensive research to compare the OE Michelin Primacy MXM4 Acoustic and the CrossClimate+ tires and has reached to the conclusion that the CrossClimate+ might factor in a ~10% range loss. They’re better in snow & rain, protect rims, cost less, but reduce range. Thank you for sharing!

Read more: Twitter

From issue #100

PSA: If your Model 3 original tires are wearing quickly, NTB offered a warranty credit

EThis user’s Model 3 tires were down to 3/32” after 18k miles, in other words, it was time for him to get new tires. It turns out that the Michelin Primacy MXM4s that come standard with the car have a mileage warranty. He was able to save $400 by using NTB.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #82

Tesla wheels and tires by i1Tesla 📹

Every time that I’ve got change my tires/wheels I get overwhelmed with options. i1Tesla shares his views on what’s better and compares a few options while talking about performance, efficiency, cost, longevity, brands, etc. Thank you, Brian, for helping us see the light!

From issue #120

The 2021 Model 3 has the same new Bluetooth TPMS as Model Y

Contrary to early reports they are 100% auto-learning, no pre-programming required. No TPMS reset button so when you swap your tires just start driving and the tire pressure will auto-learn.

From issue #138

Tire rotation on a Performance Model 3

Informational video on proper tire rotation on a Tesla Model 3 Performance (AWD) along with rims and calipers cleaning. If you’re giving this a try at home, remember to always be careful and if you’re not sure what you’re doing, just leave it for the experts. 

BTW, if you’re looking for a safe jack, here’s one we recommend.

From issue #123

What to do if you get a flat tire in your Tesla

Is it considered an emergency? Will Tesla repair it? How much does it cost? I hope you don’t have to get through this, but if you do, here is Tesla Raj’s experience.

From issue #99

When should you change your tires?

It’ll depend on your tires and brand, but most Tesla owners say they change tires between 30k and 35k miles.

Read more: TMC Forum

From issue #23