Wheels and Tires

Wheel Specifications (Factory)

Wheel Diameter Location Size Offset (mm)
18" Front/Rear 18X8.5J 38
19" Front/Rear 19X8.5J 38
Road Wheel Nut Torque 129 lb. ft (175 Nm)
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For instructions on how to jack/lift Model 3, see Jacking and Lifting.

Wheel Alignment Values (Factory)

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Vehicles with coil suspension must be aligned with a 68 kg weight in each front seat.
Location Front Rear

-0.50° +/- 0.45°

-1.00° +/- 1.0°

Camber Split

+/- 0.60°

+/- 0.80°


5.70° +/- 1.0°

Not applicable

Caster Split

+/- 1.0°

Not applicable

Individual Toe

OUT 0.05° +/- 0.15°

IN 0.20° +/- 0.15°

Toe Split

+/- 0.10°

+/- 0.10°

Track Width (at wheel center height)

1584 mm

1584 mm

Coil Height (unladen)
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When measuring the ride height, measure 75 mm inward from the jacking hole in each corner of the Battery. See the following image.

158 +/- 5 mm

153 +/- 5 mm


2875 mm

Underneath the vehicle, four blue dots representing the measurement of 75mm inwards from each jack hole

Tire Specifications (Factory)

Tire Size Location Size
18" Front/Rear 235/45R18



Tire pressures vary depending on the type of tires fitted. Refer to the tire pressures printed on the Tire Information label. This label is located on the center door pillar and is visible when the front passenger door is open (see Maintaining Tire Pressures).
Winter tires can be purchased from a Tesla service center or may be available for purchase on the Tesla web site.

*May not be available in some regions

Tire Pressures (Factory)

Tire pressures vary depending on the type of tires fitted on Model 3. Tire pressures are printed on the Tire Information label (see Tire Care and Maintenance). Keep tires inflated to the pressures shown on the Tire Information label (even if it differs from the pressure printed on the tire itself or the table below).

Tire Size Cold Tire Inflation Pressure
18" 42 psi (290 kPa)
19" 42 psi (290 kPa)

Understanding Tire Markings

Laws require tire manufacturers to place standardized information on the sidewall of all tires. This information identifies and describes the fundamental characteristics of the tire.

Location of data on the tire wall
  1. Tire category: P indicates that the tire is for passenger vehicles.
  2. Tire width: This 3-digit number is the width (in millimeters) of the tire from sidewall edge to sidewall edge.
  3. Aspect ratio: This 2-digit number is the sidewall height as a percentage of the tread width. So, if the tread width is 205 mm, and the aspect ratio is 50, the sidewall height is 102 mm.
  4. Tire construction: R indicates that the tire is of Radial ply construction.
  5. Wheel diameter: This 2-digit number is the diameter of the wheel rim in inches.
  6. Load index: This 2 or 3-digit number is the weight each tire can support. This number is not always shown.
  7. Speed rating: When stated, indicates the maximum speed (in mph) at which the tire can be used for extended periods. Q=99 mph (160 km/h), R=106 mph (170 km/h), S=112 mph (180 km/h), T=118 mph (190 km/h), U=124 mph (200 km/h), H=130 mph (210 km/h), V=149 mph (240 km/h), W=168 mph (270 km/h), Y=186 mph (300 km/h), (Y)=vehicle's top speed (exceeds the "Y" rating).
  8. Tire composition and materials: The number of plies in both the tread area and the sidewall area indicates how many layers of rubber coated material make up the structure of the tire. Information is also provided on the type of materials used.
  9. Maximum tire load: The maximum load which can be carried by the tire.
  10. Maximum permissible inflation pressure: This pressure should not be used for normal driving.
  11. U.S. DOT Tire Identification Number (TIN): Begins with the letters DOT and indicates that the tire meets all federal standards. The next 2 digits/letters represent the plant code where it was manufactured, and the last 4 digits represent the week and year of manufacture. For example, the number 1712 is used to represent the 17th week of 2012. The other numbers are marketing codes used at the manufacturer’s discretion. This information can be used to contact consumers if a tire defect requires a recall.
  12. Treadwear grade: This number indicates the tire’s wear rate. The higher the treadwear number is, the longer it should take for the tread to wear down. A tire rated at 400, for example, lasts twice as long as a tire rated at 200.
  13. Traction grade: Indicates a tire’s ability to stop on wet roads. A higher graded tire should allow you to stop your vehicle in a shorter distance than a tire with a lower grade. Traction is graded from highest to lowest as AA, A, B, and C.
  14. Temperature grade: The tire’s resistance to heat is grade A, B, or C, with A indicating the greatest resistance. This grading is provided for a correctly inflated tire, which is being used within its speed and loading limits.