Model 3

Has anyone else ever cracked a rim (base wheels) on their Model 3

edited November 2018 in Model 3
I was slowly losing air from my front right tire and went to see if I could have it plugged.
Diagnosis - cracked rim.
I generally have driven on good roads, little or no potholes - and don't recall ever hitting a curb or significant pothole - and definitely not in the last week or so.

Anyone else ever have a cracked rim (base wheel)?

Now I am into it for a new rim and two new tires ($855) :(
Never had a cracked rim in over 40 years, and over 1/2 million miles.

First issue to speak of with my Model 3 after ~28,000 miles, could be worse ….
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  • edited November 2018
    Never heard of a cracked rim in my life either. And I've unfortunately hit a few curbs in previous ICEs.
    Are you in MN? Curious as I am per your screen name.
    Also, why are you needing to buy 2 new tires and not 1?
  • edited November 2018
    I am in northern VA. I got two tires since I had 6.5/32" of tread left and didn't want to put a new one on one side only.
  • edited November 2018
    why wouldn't you just plug/patch the tire now that you know the rim is damaged? Those tires have 60% life left
  • edited November 2018
    Apparently it was a cut in the tire from the cracked rim and not a puncture - and could not be plugged
  • edited November 2018
    Mint lover is in the house
  • edited November 2018
    Bummer......Did you notify Tesla? Maybe it's a defect.
  • edited November 2018
    @CC - Hi, hope all is well

    @ST70 - yep, I had it replaced at the local Tesla shop yesterday. They have not seen problems with the rims (and apparently neither has this forum), so just a little bad luck for my car
  • edited November 2018
    I'm trying to picture how a crack small enough to provide just a slow leak was big enough to cut the tire?
  • edited November 2018
    @lbowroom - I should have asked to see both
  • edited November 2018
    All is well. Looking forward to getting my car just like you. That should keep me off the streets and out of the forums.

    Oh wait.
  • edited November 2018
    For those new folk who don't know mntlvr23, his family is heavily weighted on Tesla cars. I think they have like what... 18 Teslas?
  • edited November 2018
    And doesn't he also have a world record pending? ;)
  • edited March 2019
    I think cracked rim is more common than we think with Tesla's - my model S had one recently and the tech tells me that I may driven over a pothole. Never had anything like this with any other car ever. I think it is a manufacturing defect but they wouldn't admit to it.
  • edited March 2019
    I’m thinking if you hit a pothole of any kind you’d know it, let alone a pothole hit big enough to have inflicted damage on the tire and rim. I hope they can review this and see if they can help you.
  • edited March 2019
    19" rims here... bent 2. thank you winter potholes. It's a heavy car..... Rims are comparatively inexpensive ($300) and bubbled Sottosero3's covered by TireRacks road hazard warranty. Service center said that indeed, lots of folks were bending 19, 20" rims.. it's been a harsh winter on our roads.
  • edited March 2019
    Tesla needs to offer higher profile tires as an option when placing an order for the car.
    The low profile tires are the problem. Going with a larger tire size would help in a couple of way.
    1. it would reduce rim / tire damage from pot holes by adding more cushion around the rim.
    2. A tire that is wider than the rim would also reduce or eliminate curb rash by having the tire stick out farther than the rim.
    3. The performance model 3 comes with "summer performance tires" which should not be driven in temperatures under 20 degrees f. Doing so voids the tire warranty.
    By offering a larger all weather tire size at the time of ordering all three problems could be greatly reduced.
  • edited March 2019
    Uh, no. Never.
  • edited November -1
    2 Cracked in New Orleans. 50 years of driving and never seen this. Tesla what is going on?
  • edited March 2019
    Haven't cracked it but have bent the 18" rims 4 times over the past year. I have never had this happen before up until now and I had a car with lower profile tires prior to this one. Been driving down the same crappy road by work for years. I attribute it to the weight of the car which weighs more. Could be softer wheels. I don't know the cause, but I do see the results.
  • I'm guessing higher PSI probably makes it more prone.
  • edited March 2019
    Higher, really? I’d have thought the opposite.
  • edited March 2019
    Just cracked at least one of my rims/wheels in an accident in which I hit a curb going 40mph in auto drive/ auto steering. (See my post about this). No fun.
  • edited November -1
    @Adski80:
    "Just cracked at least one of my rims/wheels in an accident in which I hit a curb going 40mph in auto drive/ auto steering. (See my post about this)."

    Your post says you _were not_ in Autopilot mode at the time of your accident. You had unintentionally disabled autopilot and you got in an accident because you did not resume driving the car yourself fast enough.

    The way you state this is misleading.
  • edited June 2019
    Just found out my flat was from a cracked rim (and that another rim is bent). I'd blame the potholes ... but it's probably a combination of potholes, the weight of the car, the low-profile tires, and cast rims (rather than flow-formed or forged rims).

    I have 12k miles on a LR/AWD Model 3. It went from 40-something psi to 17psi - pull over warning - while parked at work. I thought the TPMS was flukey until I verified it with a meter. Filled to 44 and got to the tire shop at 39.

    Also worth noting, 8/32 treads left on the front, 5/32 left on the rear (rear definitely wears faster... should have rotated sooner).

    I'm torn, because I want to get new rims ... but I also want to keep the aero covers.
  • edited June 2019
    I’m only a month into my M3 on base wheels and no problems, but I did crack a rim on my previous car - A4 with 235/40 R18s - once in the 13 years I owned it.
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