Air Suspension

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When Model X starts, you may hear the sound of the compressor as the air suspension system’s reservoir fills with air.

Your Model X is equipped with Adaptive Air Suspension that offers superior ride quality and allows you to choose a softer or firmer ride based on your preference. When carrying loads, the system also maintains a level height between the front and rear. You can manually adjust the ride height to suit your circumstances (for example, you can raise Model X when you need extra ground clearance, such as when driving on a steep driveway or ramp, in deep snow, over large speed bumps, parking curbs, etc.).

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If a fault is detected that reduces the performance of the adaptive air suspension system, a yellow indicator lights up on the instrument panel. If the problem persists, contact Tesla.
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If a fault is detected that disables the adaptive air suspension system, a red indicator lights up on the instrument panel. Contact Tesla.

Adjusting Ride Height

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Before adjusting the suspension height, ensure Model X is clear of all obstacles, above and below.

You can manually adjust the ride height by pressing the brake pedal touching Controls > Suspension on the touchscreen. The ride height settings that are available depend on your driving speed and other conditions (for example, the suspension does not lower if a door is open). The touchscreen also displays the approximate ground clearance for each setting. Drag the slider to choose from these options:

  • Very High - When set to Very High, the suspension automatically lowers to the default ride height* (Standard or Low) after driving approximately 30 meters or when driving speed reaches 24 km/h. To maintain the Very High setting for an unlimited distance until your driving speed reaches the speed threshold, touch Keep until 24 km/h.
  • High - When set to High, the suspension automatically lowers to the default ride height* (Standard or Low) after driving approximately 30 meters or when driving speed reaches 56 km/h. To maintain the High setting for an unlimited distance until your driving speed reaches the speed threshold, touch Keep until 56 km/h.
  • Standard - The Standard setting ensures optimum comfort and handling under all loading conditions.
  • Low - Lowering the height can improve aerodynamics, make it easier to load or unload cargo and passengers, and improve handling.
  • Very Low - This setting takes effect only when you manually choose it. The suspension reverts to the default setting on your next drive.
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Avoid driving aggressively (hard accelerations, sharp turns, etc.) when the suspension is set to High or Very High. Doing so can cause vibration and increase the possibility of damage.
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Acceleration may be reduced when the suspension is set to High or Very High.

Adaptive Suspension Damping

The settings associated with Adaptive Suspension Damping provide real-time adjustments to the suspension system to optimize both ride and handling. Choose from:

  • Comfort - Provides a gentler ride for a relaxed driving experience.
  • Auto - Adjusts to a wide range of roads and driving styles, providing a fluid yet well controlled ride.
  • Sport - Provides a firmer, more controlled ride that increases driver engagement and connection to the road.
  • Advanced - Can be used to fine tune the suspension by dragging individual sliders that adjust Ride Comfort and Handling.

Touch Show Suspension Data to display detailed information about the dampers for each wheel, including ride height, compression and rebound values, and body accelerations.

Use Comfort Damping in Autopilot (if equipped) - By default, damping automatically sets to the Comfort setting when using Autopilot, and reverts back to your chosen setting when Autopilot is no longer in use. Turn this setting off to disable this feature.

Real-time Visualization

The image of your Model X on the Suspension screen provides a real-time visualization of the status of the air suspension system. In addition to visually showing changes to the ride height, it displays Compression and Rebound lines that reflect how the suspension system is controlling the dampers for each wheel based on your chosen settings and changing road conditions. Both are controlled simultaneously. Touch Show Suspension Data to display detailed information about the dampers for each wheel, including ride height, compression and rebound values, and body accelerations.

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The instrument panel can also display a real-time visualization of how the suspension system is dynamically adjusting each wheel’s damping to account for changing road conditions. To view, hold the respective steering wheel scroll button briefly until the available options are displayed. Roll the scroll button to highlight Suspension, then tap the scroll button.

Auto-Raising Locations

Whenever you raise the suspension to High or Very High, the location is automatically saved. By saving the location, you do not need to manually raise the suspension every time you arrive at a frequently-used location where you have previously raised the suspension. When you return to the saved location, Model X raises the suspension and the instrument panel displays a message indicating that the suspension is being raised.

When saving locations, Model X also saves the Keep until XX km/h setting (if specified).

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When returning to a saved location and driving faster than the High and Very High suspension settings allow, the suspension does not raise until Model X slows down.
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After leaving a saved location, the suspension automatically lowers. However, it may not lower until Model X meets the speed and distance threshold at which the suspension lowers.
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If Model X reaches a saved location and the existing suspension setting is already higher than the level that has been saved for that location, the ride height is not adjusted.

To remove an auto-raising location

If you do not want the suspension to automatically raise at a location, touch to deselect Always raise at this location in the popup that appears when you arrive at a saved location.

Self-Leveling

Model X equipped with air suspension automatically self-levels, even when power is off. To prevent damage when jacking or lifting the vehicle, you must activate Jack Mode to disable self-leveling (press the brake pedal and touch Controls > Service > Jack Mode). For more details, see Jack Mode.