Performance Wheel at 70 mph + 1 pothole =

Performance Wheel at 70 mph + 1 pothole =

Today was heading East on I-70 into Denver. Big boom on the left front end. Amazingly, the tire did not blow. The Denver Tesla service center got me in right away. I switched over to my Winter 19s. I am thankful I bought the wheel insurance for the first time in my life this year.

Here's the pictures..

pimp-boy | September 18, 2013

Link shows no photo. | September 18, 2013

@icsyung Sorry, the pic link should work now.

Bighorn | September 18, 2013


Wrief | September 18, 2013

Was the wheel insurance through Tesla? | September 18, 2013

Yes the wheel insurance is thru Tesla.

akikiki | September 18, 2013

You are a lucky man. You could have been a scattered mess down the highway. You better go home, hug the kids, kiss the wife and have an adult beverage. | September 18, 2013

@akikiki As I said-- I am amazed the tire did not blow. The same damage to the rim was on the inside side of the wheel also. They are going to check my alignment next week. The car handled fine for the 20 miles to the service center...I am counting my blessings.

GDH | September 18, 2013


Wheel insurance?

AmpedRealtor | September 18, 2013

Ouch, it hurts just looking at the photo. So sorry for your loss.

How does one get wheel insurance through Tesla? | September 18, 2013

I bought it when it was offered in April by Tesla. At the time I had a window to buy the insurance (after getting the car in December). I do not know if it is still offered after purchase (it was under Services).

Bighorn | September 18, 2013

Wheel insurance no longer available through Tesla Motors.

DC@Tesla | September 18, 2013

The car drives so smooth it is easy to forget how heavy the car is and that the wheel is no match for an event like this.

Brian H | September 19, 2013

Dijja hear why it took so long to invent the wheel? The first inventors used squares, and got discouraged when the corners kept wearing off.

aviationfw | September 19, 2013

I had a similar experience in my wifes Infinity in January. I hit a pothole and did $2800 worth of damage. I wrote to the Florida DOT and they paid for the complete repair. As we all pay road tax (registration) they have an obligation to keep the roads in good repair. It is important that you call the highway patrol or local police and report the pothole also take a picture of the pothole and your car at the time of the damage. I notified my insurance company and indicated i would not be filing a claim with them ( no fault incident but $1000 deductable if I went through my insurance). It took about 6 weeks for the $2800 check to arrive from the DOT.

bradslee | September 19, 2013


Let me understand you more clearly: TM wheel & tire insurance covers completely the cost of replacement your damage wheel,right?

If that were true, I would be so glad and relieved that I bought the wheel insurance to protect my 21 wheels against the similar road damage.

Gizmotoy | September 19, 2013

@aviationfw: In every state I've lived in the DOT will only take responsibility if it's a pothole that were previously aware of, but haven't gotten around to fixing yet. If you hit a new hole no one told them about, you'd be on your own.

Either way, it's a good idea to report them, though.

MandL | September 19, 2013

Of course if you run out into the fast lane on the interstate to get a picture of the pot hole you may not be in a position to cash the check. | September 19, 2013

@bradslee It is my understanding that the wheel replacement will be fully reimbursed under the insurance.

At this point I have alerted CDOT but I am sure they are overwhelmed with the road damage from the floods.

rodhoffman | September 19, 2013


You have just confirmed why I did not get the 21" wheels - and boy I wanted them! They look great but not real practical in Colorado. I had Barbara at the Colorado sales location talk me out of them. Lucky you had the insurance!

BTW - I drove a P85+ and I could not believe how noisy it was compared to my S85. I am guessing it is the 21" wheels and on the "+" the rear tires are wider... and $700 each!

When you go to replace the tires like at Big O - a representative said they are close to $500 each verses $200 for the Goodyear 19-inch. That's a lot for tires that will probably only last 15,000 miles.

Have you checked tire cost?


rodhoffman | September 19, 2013

Kevin - Where on I-70 was the offending hole?

Rod | September 19, 2013

Near Evergreen after going up Floyd Hill | September 19, 2013

I think the tire may actually have survived...but the rim sure did not. CDOT looked at the picture & said they would alert a crew to search for pothole...

rodhoffman | September 20, 2013

You should file a claim with CDOT - however they have more priorities with flood damage at the moment... still, I wonder what the process is?

Rod | September 20, 2013

Hi Rod,
CDOT said I could file a claim and gave me the info. I figue my wheel insurance can decide if they want to file a claim on my behalf. CDOT was unaware of the pothole (from my correspondence with them) It may be it isn't enough of a road hazard for regular tires?