How have you guys taken care of traditional flat tire issues?

How have you guys taken care of traditional flat tire issues?

Can we have road side assistance to take our car to about any tire replacement shop or does it have to be a tesla service center only?
Seems like they don't fix flat tire (like ordinary nails going into the tire), they would only replace them. And where do I buy roadside hazard warranty from???

J.T. | 27 mars 2014

.Buy yourself a spare rim and tire. It fits in the frunk.Join AAA and call them when you have a flat. Be on your way. Get the flat fixed at any repair shop.

Captain_Zap | 27 mars 2014

When I got a screw in my tire I added air and drove to a tire shop nearby. They repaired it.

I never heard of a roadside hazard warranty before. Is that something like comprehensive car insurance? Or is it something like AAA?

sudeepchandra | 27 mars 2014

Roadside hazard warranty is a warranty that I have bought in past from Audi/ Mercedes for situation concerning tire replacement when not fixable and rim replacement when damaged.

sudeepchandra | 27 mars 2014

My question is are ordinary people (AAA roadside, etc.) qualified to replace a tire on Model S?

sagebrushnw | 27 mars 2014

I would think that there would be no problem with AAA roadside or other qualified service changing the flat if you have a spare.

I purchased tire hazard warranty on the tires that came on my 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid at Discount Tire. | 27 mars 2014

America Tire also offers a road hazard tire warranty, and I suspect other tire places do as well. It doesn't cover the tow, only the tire.
With coverage, they will fix the tire, or if needed replace it. Seems like it would be worth it if you're in a area that flat tires occur often.

I've heard of others being towed to a tire place, and Tesla's roadside coverage handling the tow cost (within reason). You have to contact Tesla Roadside assistance, as I don't think they cover it if you call a tow company yourself.

tes-s | 27 mars 2014

The wheels and tires on the MS are no different than on an ICE. Any tire shop that you would trust with a high-end performance car can repair / replace tires for the MS.

carlk | 27 mars 2014

Any tire shops can plug a leak not close to the side wall for you for about $20 and 30 minutes wait. Thanks to TPM I have not had a (usually slow)leak that I did not have early enough warning that I can safely drive the car to home or to a gas station. Do carry a sealant/pump kit with you all the time though.

Captain_Zap | 27 mars 2014

When my car was jacked up for the tire repair I made sure that the tire shop spoke directly with Tesla Ownership so that they jacked it up in the correct location.

The tire shop was going to put the car on a lift but the spreaders didn't go wide enough. We chatted with Tesla about that too. The tire service guy and I talked to Tesla via speakerphone in the car. Convenient!

AAA is who I would call if I was way out of Tesla range for a flat bed to a near by tire shop. That was my plan anyway...

AAA says that they have emergency EV charging too. I haven't found out whether it works properly with the Model S or not yet. I can't get any good info out of the AAA operator. | 27 mars 2014

@Captain_Zap - I'm about 80% sure The AAA EV charging truck carries a NEMA 14-50 connection and I know they carry a J1772. As I understand it, they will give you a 20 minute charge, which should be enough to get you off the road and to a normal charger. They will not wait for hours to charge you fully up, which makes sense.

Also in Northern, CA, the AAA EV truck covers mostly on the East Bay, but I don't think they cover the South Bay yet.

ir | 27 mars 2014

I saw a demo of the AAA truck, I was surprised they do J1772 high-amp (70?) and CHAdeMO. It's a beefy generator with an aim to quickly charge you enough to get to the nearest station.

hcwhy | 27 mars 2014

If you have the car towed or trucked, don't forget to put the car in tow mode, accessable on the main screen.

hcwhy | 27 mars 2014

@ J.T. Is the usual AAA roadside capable of tightening the nuts on the rim to the correct pressure and would they know how to jack up the car without damaging it? I have the extra tire and rim, but wonder if it isn't wise to let Tesla change a tire.

J.T. | 27 mars 2014

I really have not needed to use them but I'd be confident they could do it. If you need reassurance, call them.

hcwhy | 27 mars 2014

Good idea...I think I will. I'd like to have a plan in place in case anything happens. Thanks

J.T. | 27 mars 2014

@hcwhy I'd like to have a plan in place in case anything happens.
Having a plan is exactly why I bought the spare. I don't carry it except when I leave the NYC metro area, but considering how much thought goes into owning this car getting stuck with a flat seems less than smart. Others disagree. I don't know why.

hcwhy | 27 mars 2014

@ J.T. How about a jack? I don't have one, but if I'm going to carry a spare (which wouldn't be an issue...I never use the frunk), it seems logical to have a jack too. My plan at this point is to have the car trucked to my house where the spare is and where I can deal with it safely, comfortably and at my convenience. (I have another car to use here)

sudeepchandra | 27 mars 2014

@J.T. Where did you buy the spare tire from and for how much? (tire and rim)

J.T. | 27 mars 2014

There are 2 ton jacks available. I have no info on these.
@sudeep My rim cost me 275 + tax from Tesla Service but that was some time ago. I understand they've jumped to over $400. I bought the tire at my local tire dealer and had them mount it for 189.00.

LEvans | 27 mars 2014

Has anyone use the flat tire repair kit that inflated the tire with what I understand to be a mix of air and glue type material that is supposed to seal the leak. How good is it and is the fix permanent?

JohhnyS | 27 mars 2014

When I had a puncture I called Tesla roadside service, they sent a flat bed out. They took the car to the service center and Tesla replaced the tire at my cost. So far tire replacement is the only thing I have paid for.

carlk | 27 mars 2014

Here you go:

Just make sure the one you use says TPM compatible. I would take the car the shop to check the tire and remove the nail soon as possible even though there is no reason you can't drive the car for a while if need to be.

Sudre_ | 27 mars 2014

I have been using a tire plug kit for years with all my cars. Even if it's in the side wall it will fix it long enough to get it to a service place/tire shop. You would also need a 12volt air pump.

I came out to a low tire on my Tesla parked in my garage. First flat in several years. I pulled the screw and plugged it while it was still on the car then drove it to the service center and Tesla said it was a good repair and there was nothing they needed to do. Haven't had any problems with it in several thousand miles.

It is rather difficult to plug a tire without taking the tire off the car but it is possible. I would actually recommend the sealant kit carlk recommended above or AAA service. The less time you spend standing near traffic on the highway the better. Then there are all the fatalities and injuries of jacks falling on people while replacing a tire.

If you get a blowout then you will be getting a tow so if that is something that has happened to you often then get a spare. If you are just keeping your spare in the garage then don't bother. The tow truck can take you to a tire shop just as easily as it can take you home. I've never had a blowout... knock on wood.

Qwiksilver | 27 mars 2014

I carry the Black Jack Kt-340 tire plug kit in the frunk. It cost around $65. Good for 40 flat fixes.
It's professional grade, comes in a convenient case and is easy to use. I've fixed a total of 5 flats in 8 yrs ( I have 5 vehicles), the plugs have NEVER failed. Also keep a compressor in the car, $35 at Walmart.
In some cases, I didn't even take the tire off the vehicle.

church70 | 27 mars 2014

I've never had a blowout... knock on wood.

You will now

I remember a long time ago I was in my Corvette driving down the highway
I was like 20 and I remember thinking I wonder what a blowout is like well if it wasn't just 30 minutes later boom it's loud and a bit freaky lol anyway have fun with that

SCCRENDO | 27 mars 2014

Had 2 flats over a 1 month period. 1st time tried the Tesla Gel and it wouldn't inflate. Lesson now learnt is that when the tire is completely flat it needs to be jacked up to inflate as the weight of the car prevents inflation. Needed to be towed by tow company Tesla sent out.. 2nd time 1 drove for 1/2 a mile on the flat to get off the freeway. Needed to be towed by the company sent out 13 miles to the nearest tire place (American Tire) that carried the tires. As being towed is inconvenient to my lifestyle continue to carry the Tesla compressor and gel for the small leaks. Now have a full size tire and Tesla wheel in my frunk. If I need to change the tire will still call Tesla tow service to jack up my car and change the tire so I can be on my way without being towed. Yes they know how to jack up the car, tow the car and carry air. I suspect AAA can do the same.

nhirsch | 26 juillet 2014

I plugged my tire today and so far so good. Put procedure up here:

wcalvin | 29 juillet 2014

I got two flats in Florida back in February. The first one was sidewall but even then the tire sealant kit Tesla sells kept me going for days with a little topping up. Then replaced tire.

Second puncture was in a safer place and, five months later, I am still driving on sealant. At four months it started leaking and so I did a second sealant. The low pressure alarm seems to be set at 33 psi.

Anyone tried refilling Tesla's sealant cylinder with replacement bottle of Slime(rather than buying the version with hose and all)?