Spare tire

Spare tire

Looking at the description of Tesla's roadside assistance program, it doesn't read like Teslas come with a spare tire.
Can any current S or X owners confirm the situation? Are run-flats standard or at least a factory option?
I didn't see anything on model S ordering page to clarify.

Haggy | July 17, 2017

I had a flat recently. Tesla came to my house and put on a loaner tire, and drove my tire down to America's Tire for me at my request where they fixed it. I had AT put it back on the car for me, which was a mistake. It would have been faster to have Tesla do it and pick up the loaner at the same time. Or I could have driven to Tesla and had them swap it and take back their tire and could have done it at my leisure, since I live close enough.

With the Model 3, it looks like Tesla kept the center lock wheels from the unveiling. If you got a spare with the car and had to take off a wheel that was torqued to 400-500 foot lbs, and then put one back on with the same torque, do you think anybody would want to do it instead of calling for road service? Even on the Model S, the torque is high enough that most drivers wouldn't want to do it, and it would be impossible with the typical lug wrenches that come with cars.

skygraff | July 17, 2017

It seems like the pictures would suggest they reverted to a traditional 5-lug hub. Of course, that's all been on RCs since Elon's SN1 had the center caps installed.

york3 | August 5, 2017

@bj do you live in Australia? I live in the states and have a 2012 leaf. No spare. While visiting my daughter in Canberra for Christmas, 2012, I saw a Leaf at a Nissan dealer. Stopped by to chat with them to see how they were selling. Commented that I wish they came with a spare. The salesman pointed at the Leaf and told me to take a look down under. Lo and behold, a spare tire. He told me spares are pretty much required in Australia. In my 5 years of Leaf ownership I've had 3 flats. The first two required towing (sidewall failures). The third was in my driveway and repairable. We just bought a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for my wife. No spare, as the 12 volt battery consumes the space used for the spare in the non-hybrid Pacifica.. Since it will be used for long road trips, often out of cell phone coverage, we purchased a spare tire kit for the non-Hybrid Pacifica to us for long trips. I suspect I'll have to do something similar for my Model 3.

MarlonBrown | August 5, 2017

It sounds like spares are more and more rare. Bmw and Mini never didnt have them either

Alvin27 | August 5, 2017

No jack? No room for spare? Now I am really concerned. You would be surprised the things I have run into laying on some dark road during the middle of the night ... large cement cinder blocks, construction girders, 2 inch metal screws ... the list goes on. I recently had to cancel the remaining portion of a road trip, because of some debris in the road that damaged my car. I am planning a trip across the southwestern desert states. What happens when you are out of cellphone range? Roadside service is non-existent. I am concerned.

Alvin27 | August 5, 2017

I can buy my own spare as long as there is a jack and a sub-floor to store a spare tire in the trunk. I am hoping that is the case.

Sk55 | August 6, 2017

Will there be tpms in model 3?

kaffine | August 6, 2017

Alvin27 I would not count on there being a sub-floor to store the spare tire. I also doubt it comes with a jack.

skaravadia TPMS is required in the US so it will have it. I guess for other markets they could eliminate it but that is unlikely.

I don't like the elimination of spare tires as I drive a lot and often a long ways from a tow truck. Not sure how I am going to handle that yet.

Rutrow | August 6, 2017

There is room for a spare in the trunk, there just isn't a space designated for it. I can hear people right now whining "but it takes up room in my trunk if I just toss it in with all my other luggage." NewsFlash!!! it takes up storage room even if it's tucked beneath your trunk compartment.

I too feel apprehensive about heading thru the Great Southwest without a spare, so when I embark on a roadtrip thru harsh, barren, cell signal dead regions I'll be adding a spare tire to my packing list. And one precaution I take is to put all the tire changing supplies near the top of my baggage. There's NOTHING worse than having to empty the entire contents of your vehicle to get to your spare tire, jack, and lug wrench (that's always at the bottom) when changing a flat tire in the rain, at night, on the side of the freeway. I know!!!

Don't make my mistake.

Alvin27 | August 6, 2017

If Tesla does not have room for a jack and spare, it needs to supply a means of contacting a roadside assistant no matter where you are located - out of cellphone coverage - something like the wilderness backpackers use, a personal locator.

"ACR 2880 ResQlink Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)"

Alvin27 | August 6, 2017

There is a sub-compartment in the trunk. See the photos recently added to the forum.

dd.micsol | August 6, 2017

A flat spare(release all air in tire) - this way it fits and air compressor to pump it if needed. All good here.

prsist | August 6, 2017

I've seen Model S people who carry a spare tire because their frunk is larger than the M3. I can't see fitting a spare, even a donut tire, in the M3 frunk. If on a trip my trunk will have luggage in it.

Instead, you need to invest in Tesla's, or another source's, Tire Repair Kit. It has a can of sealant that you spray into the tire and then inflate it with the compressor. Not the greatest in my opinion but better than a sharp stick in your eye.

Do some research and see if there are any tires that will fit your M3 that are the run flat variety, like Bridgestone's.

Rutrow | August 6, 2017

I've seen reports that run flat tires had unacceptable cruising comfort and noise (a real problem for cars as quiet as Teslas).

mattykolej | June 12, 2018

Hi, do you think it is not easy to take care of your cars because air compressors with gauges are complex devices and are way too expensive? If so, then it is time to change your mentality because you can go through and find a cheap, easy to use inflator because it is very useful to have one in your home, for your personal use.

Furry Mark | June 12, 2018

I've not bought a vehicle with a spare since 1995. However, I do have a plug-in compressor that has got us to a tyre station several times...