Tire Repair and Maintenance

Tesla tires are built to optimize performance, safety, reliability and durability. Since tires naturally 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.

Residents of California can purchase a Tire Protection Plan which covers certain functional tire and wheel damage.

Options When Your Tire is Damaged

Roadside Assistance

Roadside Assistance is available to you, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For the duration of your New Vehicle Warranty or Used Vehicle Limited Warranty, Roadside Assistance is provided at no cost. If your tire is damaged and your vehicle becomes inoperable, you can request roadside assistance immediately from the bottom of the Tesla app home screen.

Loaner Wheel Service

In some regions, our trained roadside providers carry a limited number of loaner wheels to quickly exchange for your damaged wheel or tire. A new tire will be mounted on your original wheel, at your cost, at your nearest Service Center.


If you have an active vehicle warranty, transportation services are free of charge to the nearest Tesla Service Center within 50 miles of the vehicle’s location when you repair or replace your tire with Tesla. Contact Roadside Assistance to learn more or arrange an appointment directly within the Tesla app.

Punctured Tires

A puncture eventually causes the tire to lose pressure, which is why it is important to check tire pressures frequently. Permanently repair or replace punctured or damaged tires as soon as possible. Do not remove objects that have penetrated your tubeless tires until you can get the vehicle to a repair facility.

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 Tesla Service Center, or to the nearest tire shop.

Note: Do not drive with a punctured tire, even if the puncture has not caused the tire to deflate. A punctured tire can deflate suddenly at any time.

Flat Spots on Tires

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 can 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.

Maintaining Tire Pressures

In most cases, you should 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 shows the correct pressure for optimal tire performance for your vehicle. The tire and loading information label is located on the center door pillar and is visible when the driver’s door is open.

Note: For Tesla accessory wheels or tires, follow the recommendation on the tire itself.

  1. Tire and loading information label
  2. Vehicle certification label
Checking and Adjusting Tire Pressures

Follow these steps when tires are cold and if your vehicle has been stationary for over three hours:

  1. Remove the valve cap.
  2. Firmly press an accurate tire pressure gauge onto the valve to measure pressure.
  3. 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.
  4. Re-check pressure using the tire gauge.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as necessary until the tire pressure is correct.

Under-inflation is one of the most common causes of tire failures and can cause a tire to overheat, which may result 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.

Tire Rotation, Balance and Wheel Alignment

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a flat/leaking tire, what should I do?

If you feel safe driving to the nearest Service Center or tire shop, do so. If you do not feel safe, 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 Tesla Service Centers or a nearby third-party tire shop for repair or replacement at your cost.