Tire Repair and Maintenance
Tesla tires are built to optimize performance, safety, reliability and durability. Since tires degrade over time from the effects of ultraviolet light, extreme temperatures, high loads and environmental conditions, always follow the recommended tire rotation schedule. For more information on ways to optimize the performance of your vehicle, see the recommended practices for vehicle maintenance.
Towing and Loaner Wheel Service
Transportation services are free of charge to your home or the nearest third-party repair facility within 80 kilometers of the vehicle’s location. Contact Roadside Assistance to learn more. In some regions, our trained roadside providers carry a limited number of loaner wheels to quickly exchange for a damaged wheel or tire. A new tire will be mounted on your original wheel, at your cost, and made available at your nearest third-party repair facility.
A puncture eventually causes the tire to lose pressure, which is why it is important to check tire pressures frequently. Replace punctured or damaged tires as soon as possible. Your tubeless tires may not leak when penetrated, provided the object remains in the tire.
If you feel a sudden vibration or ride disturbance while driving, or you suspect a tire is damaged, immediately reduce your speed. Drive slowly while avoiding heavy braking or sharp steering and, when safe to do so, stop the vehicle. Arrange to have your vehicle transported to the nearest tire shop, or consult your nearest Tesla Service Center for tire availability.
Note: If you notice your tire has been punctured and you are able to maintain control of your vehicle, try to inflate your tire and drive carefully to the closest third-party tire shop or Tesla Service Center. The tire may only lose air slowly, monitor your tire pressure closely while driving. If your tire is not able to hold air, do not keep on driving and contact Roadside Assistance.
If your vehicle is stationary for a long period in high temperatures, tires can form flat spots. When the vehicle is driven, these flat spots cause a vibration which gradually disappears as the tires warm up and regain their original shape. To minimize flat spots during storage, inflate tires to the maximum pressure indicated on the tire wall. Then, before driving, release air to adjust tire pressure to the recommended levels.
Keep tires inflated to the pressures shown on the tire and loading information label, even if it differs from the pressure printed on the tire itself. The tire and loading information label is located on the center door pillar and is visible when the driver’s door is open.
- Tire and loading information label
- Vehicle certification label
Follow these steps when tires are cold and if your vehicle has been stationary for over three hours:
- Remove the valve cap.
- Firmly press an accurate tire pressure gauge onto the valve to measure pressure.
- If required, add or remove air to reach the recommended pressure. You can release air by pressing the metal stem in the center of the valve.
- Re-check pressure using the tire gauge.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 as necessary until the tire pressure is correct.
- Replace the valve cap to prevent dirt from entering. Periodically check the valve for damage and leaks.
Under-inflation is the most common cause of tire failures and can cause a tire to overheat, resulting in severe tire cracking, tread separation, or blowout, which causes unexpected loss of vehicle control and increased risk of injury. Under-inflation also reduces the vehicle's range and tire tread life.
Misaligned wheels and unbalanced tires can negatively impact vehicle handling, performance and steering. To maintain your tire and wheel, always follow the recommended Tesla tire rotation schedule.
I have a flat/leaking tire, what should I do?
Check if your tire is completely flat or if it will hold air. If the tire holds air and you feel safe driving to the nearest tire shop, do so. Contact Roadside Assistance to review service options available.
What should my tire pressure be?
Depending on your vehicle configuration, your tire pressure should be between 40-45 psi. You can check for your specific vehicle by opening your driver’s door and checking the sticker along the vehicle's frame. This sticker lists the tire pressures for when the tires are cold. For most accurate results, check the tire pressure when the vehicle is at home with no driving, or is used with the shortest distance and lowest speed driving possible.
Can I take my damaged tires to a third-party tire shop?
Yes. Damaged Tesla tires can be taken to a nearby third-party tire shop for replacement.