Inspecting and Maintaining Tires

Regularly inspect the tread and side walls for any sign of distortion (bulges), foreign objects, cuts or wear.

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Do not drive Cybertruck if a tire is damaged, excessively worn, or inflated to an incorrect pressure. Check tires regularly for wear, and ensure there are no cuts, bulges or exposure of the ply/cord structure.

To improve the mileage you get from your tires, maintain tires at the recommended tire pressures, observe speed limits and advisory speeds, and avoid:

  • Pulling away quickly, or hard acceleration.
  • Fast turns and heavy braking.
  • Potholes and objects in the road.
  • Hitting curbs when parking.
  • Contaminating tires with fluids that can cause damage.

Tire Wear

Adequate tread depth is important for proper tire performance.

Cybertruck is originally fitted with tires that have wear indicators molded into the tread pattern. When the tread has been worn down to 2/32” (1.6 mm), the indicators start to appear at the surface of the tread pattern, producing the effect of a continuous band of rubber across the width of the tire. For optimal performance and safety, Tesla recommends replacing tires before the wear indicators are visible.

Tires with a tread depth less than 4/32” (3 mm) are more likely to hydroplane and should not be used when driving in wet conditions. Tires with a tread depth less than 5/32” (4 mm) do not perform well in snow and slush and should not be used when driving in winter conditions.

To improve vehicle handling characteristics and minimize hydroplaning in wet conditions, put tires with the most tread on the rear of the car.

Tire Rotation, Balance, and Wheel Alignment

Tesla recommends rotating the tires every 6,250 miles (10,000 km) or if tread depth difference is 2/32 in (1.6 mm) or greater, whichever comes first.

Tire rotation is an essential part of tire maintenance. It helps maintain an even tread wear pattern which enhances the tire's overall wear quality, decreases road noise and maximizes tire life.

Unbalanced wheels (sometimes noticeable as vibration through the steering wheel) affect vehicle handling and tire life. Even with regular use, wheels can get out of balance. Therefore, they should be balanced as required.

If tire wear is uneven (on one side of the tire only) or becomes abnormally excessive, check the wheel alignment.

Punctured Tires

A puncture eventually causes the tire to lose pressure, which is why it is important to check tire pressures frequently. Permanently repair (if safe to do so) or 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, however, 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 and contact Roadside Assistance.

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In some cases, you can temporarily repair small tire punctures (under 1/4” (6 mm)) using an optional tire repair kit available from Tesla. This allows you to slowly drive Cybertruck to a nearby tire repair facility.
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Do not drive with a punctured tire that has not been repaired, even if the puncture has not caused the tire to deflate. A punctured tire can deflate suddenly at any time.

Flat Spots

If Cybertruck is stationary for a long period, tires can form flat spots. When Cybertruck 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's sidewall. Then, before driving, release air to adjust tire pressure to the recommended levels.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

After replacing one or more wheels (but not after just replacing a tire or rotating wheels), the TPMS sensors are reset to ensure tire pressure warnings are accurate. TPMS sensors reset automatically after driving over 15 mph (25 km/h) for longer than 10 minutes.

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After replacing a wheel, false tire pressure warnings may display before you've driven 15 mph (25 km/h) for longer than 10 minutes.
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If your Cybertruck is equipped with aftermarket tires that differ in size from those printed on the Tire and Loading Information Label (see Vehicle Loading), it is the driver's responsibility to determine the correct tire pressure. Do not drive on public roads when tires are not inflated to the correct pressure.
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Do not depend on TPMS sensors to accurately determine pressures and trigger alerts. It is the driver's responsibility to maintain correct tire pressures (see Maintaining Tire Pressures). Over or under-inflated tires can result in loss of control or tire damage, which can lead to serious injury.

TPMS Malfunction

Cybertruck has also been equipped with a TPMS malfunction indicator to indicate when the system is not operating properly.

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The TPMS malfunction indicator is combined with the tire pressure indicator light. When the system detects a malfunction, the indicator flashes for approximately one minute, then remains continuously lit. This sequence continues upon subsequent vehicle start-ups as long as the malfunction exists. When the TPMS malfunction indicator is on, the system might not be able to detect or signal under-inflated tires as intended.

TPMS malfunctions can occur for a variety of reasons, including installing replacement or alternate tires or wheels that prevent the TPMS from functioning properly. Always check the TPMS malfunction indicator light after replacing one or more tires or wheels on your vehicle to ensure that the replacement tires or wheels allow the TPMS to continue to function properly.

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If a tire has been replaced or repaired using a different tire sealant than the one available from Tesla, and a low tire pressure is detected, it is possible that the tire sensor has been damaged. Use the mobile app to schedule a service appointment to have the fault repaired as soon as possible.

Replacing a Tire Sensor

If the Tire Pressure warning indicator displays frequently, schedule a service appointment to determine if a tire sensor needs to be replaced. Non-Tesla Service Center must replace using a Tesla OEM sensor.

Seasonal Tire Types

Understand Your Tire Type

The type of tires that your vehicle is originally equipped with depends on vehicle model and market region. It is important to understand the capabilities of your vehicle's tires and whether they are suited for summer, all-season, or winter driving. Check the information on the sidewall of a tire for information about a tire's performance characteristics (see Tire Pressures).

Summer and All-Season Tires

Summer tires and all season tires are designed for maximum dry and wet road performance but are not designed to perform well in winter conditions. All-season tires are designed to provide adequate traction in most conditions year-round, but may not provide the same level of traction as winter tires in snowy or icy conditions. All-season tires can be identified by “ALL SEASON" and/or "M+S” (mud and snow) on the tire sidewall.

If driving in cold temperatures or on roads where snow or ice may be present, Tesla recommends using winter tires.

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In cold temperatures or on snow or ice, summer and all-season tires do not provide adequate traction. Selecting and installing the appropriate tires for winter conditions is important to ensure the safety and optimum performance of your Cybertruck.

All-Terrain Tires

Use all-terrain tires if you regularly drive on gravel and dirt roads. All-terrain tires are suitable for driving on both paved roads (city streets, highways, etc.) as well as off-road (sand, dirt, mud, etc.). All-terrain tires must be the same diameter, brand, construction and tread pattern on all four wheels.

When driving with all-terrain tires, you may experience more road noise, shorter tread life, and less traction on dry roads.

Winter Tires

Use winter tires to increase traction in snowy or icy conditions. When installing winter tires, always install a complete set of four tires at the same time. Winter tires must be the same diameter, brand, construction and tread pattern on all four wheels.

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Winter tires can be identified by a mountain/snowflake symbol on the tire's sidewall.

When driving with winter tires, you may experience more road noise and shorter tread life.

Driving in Low Temperatures

Tire performance is reduced in low ambient temperatures, resulting in reduced grip and an increased susceptibility to damage from impacts. Performance tires (summer applications) have reduced traction in ambient temperatures below 5° C40° F (5° C), and are not recommended in snow/ice conditions. Performance tires can temporarily harden when cold, causing you to hear rotational noise for the first few miles (kilometers) until the tires warm up.

Tire Chains

Only use tire chains on the REAR tires.

Tesla has tested and approved the following tire chains to increase traction in snowy conditions. Install tire chains on rear tires only. The approved tire chains can be purchased from Tesla.

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You must remove wheel covers before installing tire chains. Failure to do so can cause damage not covered by the warranty.
Tire Size Recommended Chain
20" Konig XD-16 Pro Size 285

When installing tire chains, follow the instructions and warnings provided by the tire chain manufacturer. Mount them evenly and as tight as possible.

When using tire chains:

  • Inspect the tire chains for loose fittings and damaged links before each use.
  • Set air suspension to Medium and turn off the Preferred Ride Height to Low setting (see Suspension).
  • Avoid heavily loading Cybertruck (heavy loads can reduce the clearance between the tires and the body).
  • Do not drive the vehicle without the chains properly installed.
  • Drive slowly. Do not exceed 30 mph (48 km/h).
  • Remove the tire chains as soon as conditions allow.
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Tire chains are prohibited in some jurisdictions. Check local laws before installing tire chains.
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Using non-recommended tire chains, or using tire chains on other sized tires can damage the suspension, body, wheels, and/or brake lines. Damage caused by using non-recommended tire chains, or incorrectly installing tire chains, is not covered by the warranty.
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Never deflate your tires to put on tire chains. When re-inflated, the chains might fit too tightly and cause tire damage.
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Install tire chains on rear tires only. Installing chains on front tires can cause damage.
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Ensure that the tire chains cannot touch suspension components or brake lines. If you hear the chains making unusual noises that would indicate contact with Cybertruck, stop and investigate immediately.

Removing and Installing Wheel Covers

If your Cybertruck is equipped with wheel covers, you must remove them to access the valve stem and the lug nuts.

To remove a wheel cover:

  1. Grasp the cover firmly with both hands.
  2. Pull the cover toward you to release the retaining clips.
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    Make sure the mounting ring is removed with the wheel cover.

To install a wheel cover:

  1. Separate the mounting ring from the wheel cover by pulling the platic ring from the inside of the wheel cover.
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  2. Align the mounting ring with the spokes of the wheel. Firmly press the mounting ring into the wheel to secure it.
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  3. Align the wheel cover with the design of the tire.
  4. Firmly press the center of the cover to secure it in place, then work your way out to firmly pressing the outer perimeter of each spoke. You may need to hold the opposite side of the cover until all spokes are secured.
  5. Firmly press the center of the cap with your hands (do not hit the cover with your hands) to ensure it is secured.
  6. As a final check, quickly pull each spoke to confirm it is secured in place.
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To prevent the wheel cover from falling off, ensure that it is fully secured before driving.