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Do tires wear more quickly?

While having my tires rotated at 18,600 miles on my s, manager said I was getting close to needing new tires. These are the tires that came with the car. He mentioned how heavy the car is. What is the expected life of tires on an s? I was surprised.

jordanrichard | May 6, 2020

Over the past 178,000 miles, on average I get 36,000 miles out of a set. However, you don't say which tires you have. "..tires that came on the car" doesn't say much. Are you on the 19's or 21's? Do you gun it every time pulling away from a light? Do you wait until the last minute to "dump the accelerator"? Meaning, list off the accelerator quickly?

andy.connor.e | May 6, 2020

Model 3 is a few hundred pounds heavier than a Toyota Camry. Its not that significant. As @jordan mentioned, its the torque and acceleration that does it. He asked for very good information, are you able to provide?

Magic 8 Ball | May 6, 2020

OP drives an S.

andy.connor.e | May 6, 2020

thanks, im a moron

TeslaTap.com | May 6, 2020

With the original tires, I got 25K on one set of 19" and 19K miles on my second S before replacing. Both are RWD, so I don't know if that contributes to the wear, but I do like those fast starts :). Larger battery versions and AWD, being heaver may contribute a little to faster wear. More likely the more power of higher-end versions (i.e. Performance) will encourage you to wear the tires faster as well.

21" tires can go a lot faster, as they use a softer compound for improved handling. Some have gotten as little as 10K miles from a set, but 15K would be more typical.

derotam | May 6, 2020

I agree, I am super thankful... /s

jordanrichard | May 6, 2020

Iamjohnwick7057 flagged

Yes the OP drives a S, but that is relatively vague.

Yodrak. | May 7, 2020

I've got 31,000 miles on my May 2018 Model S 75D and still have a lot of tread remaining. 19" Goodyears.

As the first responder indicated, it's how you drive the car.

zebo | May 10, 2020

19" Goodyear tires. yes, i like to pull away pretty quickly and i dump the accelerator some, but doubt it is more than normal. Most driving is around town.

thanks for the feedback.

johncrab | May 10, 2020

I really don’t think weight is a big factor. They are big, wide tires. I once owned an American tuna boat which weighed 6300 pounds and used LR78-15 tires and they lasted well. With any car, alignment and tire inflation are really important and it is difficult to disagree with Tesla’s 45psi recommendation. Rotate, have it aligned once a year and check your tire pressure frequently. That should maximize tire life. Oh yeah, don’t do burnouts.

Earl and Nagin ... | May 10, 2020

@zebo,
Suggestion: When there is nobody around, coast out to about 7 mph before hammering the go-pedal. You'll experience the fun of your car but it will be a bit easier on the tires than flooring it from start.

jordanrichard | May 11, 2020

Fast acceleration and deceleration via re-gen, is what will wear down your tread. Think of your tires as a pencil eraser and the torque from accelerating/decelerating, as the amount of pressure you press on the eraser. The more abrupt pressure you put on an erase, the faster it will wear out versus applying gradual pressure.

zebo | May 13, 2020

great information. thanks to all.

fazman | May 23, 2020

@Jordan - dumb question... why will regen wear out the tires like a pencil eraser? I get the acceleration part... but to me it seems like regen is not all thaaaat strong and its slowing the wheel (not the grip to the road).