Tire Repair Kit and Jack Pads is a Must have for Model 3 Owners

Tire Repair Kit and Jack Pads is a Must have for Model 3 Owners

If you don't have a Tire Repair Kit in your model 3, I highly recommend that you purchase one ASAP since there's no spare tire/run-flats. I went to a concert this weekend wish was over around 10:30 PM. When I made it to my car, the rear passenger tire was completely flat. I called Tesla Roadside assistance, and I was told that the company available to service my car did not have a loaner tire. I remembered that I purchased this tire repair kit from Amazon. I hooked it up to the car/tire to see if it would hold any air before I injected the sealant which it did. I thank God I was able to inflate the tie and make it home and the next day I inflated the tire and drove to Discount tire, and they removed the nail plugged the tire.

You can buy the tire repair kit from Tesla, However, you'll be paying $57.00 more than the one I posted above.

FYI for tire repair at a 3rd party service center:

If you take your Tesla to a 3rd party service center, please, please, please make sure they have the jack pads. I would suggest that you buy one and keep in in your car because Discount tire didn't have them and tried to use the jack without one, luckily I was watching them and made them use the one I had. Here's a link to the one I pushed from Amazon

Update 4/15/19 @ 4:17 CST
The tire plug kit is a better option over tire sealant kit. However, you still need to purchase a tire inflator.

badaman | 15 avril 2019

The sealant will damaged the foam liner in few weeks and need to replaced with new tire. Soon, when you drive over 40+ MPH, steering wheel will vibrate and a lot of road noise.

ILoveMyModel3 | 15 avril 2019


That's why I was happy I didn't have to use it because the tire was able to hold air for around 20 miles. If that weren't the case, I would have been forced to use the sealant or have to car towed to the service center after business hours because the roadside service provider from Tesla didn't have a loaner tier for the Model 3. When you get a flat away from home after Tesla business hours, you don't have that many options if you want to get home.

Zuese50 | 15 avril 2019

Just a heads up Jack Pads are not need when a lift is used. Tesla service center do not have jack pads.

badaman | 15 avril 2019

That's great :)

rxlawdude | 15 avril 2019

@ILove, some of the tires that are OEM on the M3 have foam sound dampening. Goo won't work on them.

Kary993 | 15 avril 2019

@badaman - definitely correct. They recommend tire replacement once you put the sealant in. It also messes up the tire pressure sensor.

On a side note in this situation, if you had a $10 tire plug kit you could have pulled the nail out, plugged it, inflated it and no further action needed. I have these items in the car in the event I can't or don't want to wait for a tow truck. Just give more options depending on the issue with the tire, but sealant is the last resort in my opinion for the reason stated above.

ODWms | 15 avril 2019

Yes, tire repair plug kit and portable compressor will take care of about 95% of flats. Fast and easy. In most cases you don’t need to remove tire or even jack up the car.

M3phan | 15 avril 2019

To those who use tire plug repair kits: I am not even remotely handy; are these relatively easy to use? I get the process of how they work but they seem difficult.

Kary993 | 15 avril 2019

@M3phan - yes pretty simple really, screw into tire to create a suitable hole for the plug, then push the plug into the hole with the glue stuff. Air up your tire.

ILoveMyModel3 | 15 avril 2019

@Zuese50, I aware of that's why I said for third party service centers, which excludes tesla service centers.

@ The tire repair kit offered on the Tesla site states that it's made for the Model 3 tires. I assume they tested this and can confirm that it will work. Discount Tire had to cut the foam, and remove all the thick glue, plug the tire and then reglue the foam back to the inside of the tire.

@M3pham they seem simple, but I've never had to use them

My main goal for this post is to make sure my fellow Model 3 owners are prepared for a flat tire when traveling. You never know when you might run over a nail or something else and come out of the store, movies, concert, etc.. in the middle of the night to a flat tire and if you travel like I do you need to have a plan B.

ILoveMyModel3 | 15 avril 2019

@Kary993, thanks for the feedback... I'm going to order the tire plug kit today since I already have the air compressor.

M3phan | 15 avril 2019

Guess I’m getting me a tire plug kit

jim0266 | 16 avril 2019
Kary993 | 16 avril 2019

All, just remember tire plugs are really only suppose to be used when the puncture is on the tread. Sidewall punctures even at the very edge of the tread are really good candidates for plugs......

mstoer | 16 avril 2019

@jim0266 Thanks for the link, those are nice and easy to make!

M3BlueGeorgia | 16 avril 2019

@M3phan Yes, don't mess with tire plugs unless you know what you are doing.

However, I will echo the advice to always carry a tire inflator. Most leaking and flat tires can be re-inflated provided you didn't destroy it by driving on it. Then you can drive to where the tire can be fixed or replaced.

Because Tesla shows you the precise tire pressure as you drive, you can keep an eye on your re-inflated tire's pressure and pull over to add more air if its losing pressure too quickly.

ODWms | 16 avril 2019

Its pretty easy to learn to use plugs. I was about 16 when a neighbor showed me and I was surprised at how easy it was to do. Got it on the first try, no problem. Been keeping them in my cars, and using them ever since. I've even plugged my friends' and strangers' flats. I've never had one fail, even sidewall plugs. Not recommending that, but I've done it when I needed to in a pinch and its always worked for me.

Bighorn | 16 avril 2019

Plugs take a minute if the wheel is off the car. Position of the hole on a mounted wheel can require some contortion. Never use the sealant, especially in a tire with a foam liner.

Carl Thompson | 16 avril 2019

"Sidewall punctures even at the very edge of the tread are really good candidates for plugs......"

Is that what you meant to say?

ADinM3 | 16 avril 2019

+1 on tire plugs. Straight forward especially after doing it a time or two, but 1 in 5 can require quite a bit of force to insert in today's steel belted radials. For that reason, make sure you purchase a quality tire plug set, preferably with a T-handle so you can put some force on it without bruising your palm. Also, once you start inserting the plug with the rubber cement applied you don't want to be playing around wrestling with it at that point which a quality set helps on.

I'm sure @Kary993 meant to say... only use plugs on tread area, never sidewall. Plugs on tire side walls are big no-no.

kaffine | 16 avril 2019

For those of you that haven't used plugs next time you need tires try out the plugs. Put a nail in a tire then plug it. Makes it easier when you can place the hole in the tire where it is easy to get at.

It takes a bit of force on the tools so I would spend a bit more and get good quality tools. They are fairly easy to use but I wouldn't want the first time I had to use them be on the side of the road in the dark. It can be easier to use the reaming tool if the tire is still inflated so the tire doesn't collapse as you are pushing the reamer in.

billlake2000 | 16 avril 2019

When you push the plug in, why doesn't it just come back out when you pull the tool out?

Bighorn | 16 avril 2019

You pull out fast or use a better quality kit that has a flange that holds it in. Left tool in photo:

Bighorn | 16 avril 2019
elecfan2 | 16 avril 2019

We were stranded in the middle of nowhere in a snowstorm after a split/tear in our tire back in January. The repair kit didn't do anything other than inflate the tire to get us an extra 2 miles to get off the interstate because it was an injury that the sealant couldn't repair. I'll be investing in a spare tire (one of those kits advertised, not sure which one is best yet), did carry around an all season replacement tire we got on our long distance trip to replace our damanged one (car has winter tires on it for snow) for a bit after that and that got old fast as it took up most of the back seat. Had to rush order a Pirelli SottoZero replacement 19" winter tire from Tire Rack and have it delivered ahead of us enroute, great outfit BTW. Had to do that is it was extremely to get a tire on short notice that would fit the car, and no winter tires available in the midwest on our way to CO/WY/SC

elecfan2 | 16 avril 2019

I don't know about the jack pads. The manual explicitly states you must use jack pads. I always use them at the tire shop when I rotate or change my tires, every time. I'd hate for damage to occur and then Tesla point to the manual and say that "we told you to use them, now you are responsible to fix the damage". They aren't that expensive, and I carry a set in that LEFT hand depression in the back of the car, no problem.

billlake2000 | 17 avril 2019

Bighorn, thanks for the response and the links!

ArcticStation | 17 avril 2019

Here is what I bought: "2017-2018 Tesla Model 3 Complete Spare Tire Kit w/Carrying Case - Modern Spare (4000 LB TruLift Scissor Jack)" available on Amazon. Probably overkill for most, but I spend a lot of time outside of cell coverage, on poorly maintained back roads and far from urban service centers and tire shops, so this provides us with extra security. I throw it in the trunk when we head out of town and it still leaves room for everything else the two of us normally pack for our trips. Even if I never have to use it, I feel it's worth the peace of mind knowing it will be available if needed.

mcmack15 | 17 avril 2019

Bighorn---thanks for great links. Do you prefer one of the kits mentioned in the links, or is there another one you like better? I have the Tesla compressor and gunk kit, but after reading this post, and others like it, I am going to get a repair kit for my S and my wife's 3. We both have been lucky, and never had to change a tire (only about 3 flats in my life, and each time I was at or around the corner from a gas station). However, we are having a new roof and an addition put on our house starting next month, and I can only imagine how many nails I will find in the driveway-----and, of course, the ones I don't find. Thanks again for the great info.

Bighorn | 17 avril 2019

I started out, by necessity, with a less than $10 Slime version of a plug kit. Worked fine as I eventually consumed all the "jerky" strips. The tools were a little "bendy," so I splurged on the Boulder kit above. Really nice family company--got several emails giving tips on how best to use it. I learned about the mushroom plugs from someone here and have never tried it. Sounds great from the feedback. I will probably order it so I don't have to remember to transfer my kit from one car to the other depending on which one is on deck for a road trip. I will say that you may feel obligated to help people you see struggling with a flat tire in the future. I've helped out a couple desperate families since plugging became second nature. Very gratifying and most people don't know what's involved including a motorcycle mechanic and a St. Louis cop who I got back on the road.

ddorbuck | 17 avril 2019

Hey guys, thanks for the links to the amazon tire plugs and cheap ( cheaper than tesla ) tire compressor kit.
I just wanted to add that you can also get from amazon or direct from the vendor the modern tire spare.
I ordered this and currently I have the tire but i am waiting for the jack to arrive ( it was back ordered ). Sadly it does not fit into the real well under the trunk area since the 18" tire is too big but when its in a tire storage bag its ok in the back trunk area. My reason for purchasing the modern tire spare is road trips. Having this along with the tire punch kit and air pump are one less thing i need to worry about when driving out of state.

Enjoy the ride everyone!

Rutrow 3 | 17 avril 2019

The best repair job is done by patching the tire from the inside, obviously something only done by a tire shop (unless you have an awesome garage!). I've placed a few dozen plugs, and about 10-15% will allow a slow leak. But don't let your local tire shop tell you that the ContiSilent tires can't be repaired. It just takes a few extra steps. I've included a link to a GM Technical Service Bulletin that address the procedure. It'd be a good idea to print out page 5 of the PDF to keep with your tire repair kit. Show it to your local tire shop so they'll know how to handle foam lined tires in the future. Unfortunately they may have to learn on your's.

Rutrow 3 | 17 avril 2019

BTW, I'm not saying not to use plugs, just be prepared to have to keep adding air for the next few days. It took me three tries (finally using two plugs together) to get my wife's S to stop bleeding down. Now that I think about it, the foam was probably keeping the bight in the plug from doubling back over on itself on the inside surface of the tire when I jerked the tool out.*

*yeah, I said "jerked the tool". Please don't flag this as inappropriate

Zuese50 | 17 avril 2019

ewd7 Check Page 142 of your manual. No mention of Jack Pads. Lift Arm Pads are just the standard lift pads.

I am not saying don't but the jack pads I am just saying they are not needed. Any shop that knows anything will understand when you show them the manual.

Jacking Procedure
Follow the steps below to lift Model 3. Ensure
that any non-Tesla repair facility is aware of
these lifting points.
1. Position Model 3 centrally between the lift
2. Position the lift arm pads under the
designated body lift points at the
locations shown.
Warning: DO NOT position the lift
arm pads under the Battery or side
rails, as shown in red.
3. Adjust the height and position of the lift
arm pads to ensure that they are correctly
4. With assistance, raise the lift, ensuring the
lift arm pads remain in their correct

Bighorn | 17 avril 2019

Totally depends on the lift. Had to use 2x4s to lift my Model S recently to avoid contacting the battery. Another place had to use a floor jack because they didn't have appropriate pads to avoid battery contact.

wiboater4 | 17 avril 2019

Maybe we need a "Continental Kit" for the back of our Tesla's to carry a spare on long trips?

mcmack15 | 17 avril 2019

Just ordered two of the Boulder Tool tire repair kits for our 3 and S. Hope we never have to use them.

bpatter123 | 17 avril 2019

ArcticStation- I'm onboard with your take on the spare tire thing. Too bad it will not fit in the Frunk or the under-bin in the trunk, but the idea of a reliable way to get to a tire repair shop just makes sense. $380 sounds like a lot at first but will sound like a deal at the first use.

jbrodwyn | 18 juin 2019

Just got my tesla tire repair kit, thought I did the right thing. However I notice the plug for power is like a cigarette lighter plug and there is none on my car! That is why I even had to buy a battery powered escort. Any ideas.

Lonestar10_1999 | 18 juin 2019

The 12v outlet is in the center console. RTFM (refer to the friendly manual)

shwakbuner | 29 décembre 2019

I just found impact wrenches and this might be of help.