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, it is recommended that tires are replaced every six years, or sooner if required. For more information on ways to optimize the performance of your car, see the recommended practices for car maintenance.
Options When Your Tire is Damaged
Tesla Roadside Assistance is available to you, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for the duration of your warranty period. When contacting Tesla Roadside Assistance, please provide:
- The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Find your VIN on your Tesla app, or your car’s touchscreen when you touch the Tesla 'T' at the top. The VIN can also be seen on the upper dashboard by looking through the driver's side of the windshield.
- Your exact location.
- The nature of the problem.
Tesla Roadside Assistance is available to answer any questions and explain the proper procedure for transporting your vehicle 24/7/365.
Loaner Wheel Service and Towing
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 Service Center. If a loaner wheel is not available, transportation services are free of charge to your home, the nearest Tesla Service Center or third party repair facility within 50 miles of the car’s location. Contact Roadside Assistance to learn more or arrange an appointment directly within the Tesla app.
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. 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 car transported to the nearest Tesla Service Center, or to the nearest tire shop.
Important 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 car 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.
Maintaining Tire Pressures
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
Checking and Adjusting Tire Pressures
Follow these steps when tires are cold and if your car 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.
Note: 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.
Important note: 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 car control and increased risk of injury. Under-inflation also reduces the car'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.
Flat Tire Frequently Asked Questions
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 will hold air and you feel safe driving to the nearest Service Center or tire shop, please do so. Contact Roadside Assistance to review service options available.
What should my tire pressure be?
Depending on your vehicle configuration, typically this is 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 car 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 3rd party tire shop?
Yes. Damaged Tesla tires can be taken to Tesla Service Centers or a nearby 3rd party tire shop for repair or replacement.