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Spare tires and or dealing with flat tire as rare as it might be?

Spare tires and or dealing with flat tire as rare as it might be?

What is the generally accepted practice for flat tire management when on the road?

Tâm | 26 oktober 2015

@rlswann

With a Prius, you do-it-yourself with its spare tire.

With a Tesla, you call Tesla Roadside Service.

Lubdub | 26 oktober 2015

duplicate can these two be combined?

Teslaguy | 27 oktober 2015

You buy the Tesla compressor and a good plug kit......or be lazy and wait for roadside service.

Mark35 | 27 oktober 2015

Not sure if MX tires are "run flat" type. I thought that is what the MS had.

Regarding roadside service, they are unlikely to stick replacement tires. So that will translate into meaning that your MX will be towed or trailered to a tire repair shop.

Tâm | 27 oktober 2015

@Mark35

Model S does not have run flat tire option. You have to get it by third parties after delivery.

Edmunds says Trucks and larger SUVs still have full size spare tires (but not Model X)

http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/the-disappearing-spare-tire.html

It is true that when you call Roadside Service, they'll tow your Model X to Service Center to replace the punctured tire.

However, if you are towing your trailer all this time, it's not a good thing to abandon your trailer behind.

So, it may be a good idea to have a full size spare tire stored in your trailer so your Model X could switch tires and not be towed away.

Tesla Bahamas | 28 oktober 2015

With the Model 3 scheduled to ship in a bout 2/3 years. That is a lot of Road side assistance. What about a Jack? Do they sell Jacks that can lift the vehicle?

jordanrichard | 28 oktober 2015

A lot of cars today, don't come with spare tires. Instead they come with or you can/should buy a can of "Fix-a-Flat".

I bought the Tesla kit which is both an air compressor and fix-a-flat.

Knocking on wood of course, in 19 months/36,000 miles, I have yet to use it for either put in air or fixing a flat.

johnse | 28 oktober 2015

My Ford C-Max Energi does not have a spare either. Comes standard with a compressor, fix-a-flat kit.

Haggy | 3 november 2015

With a typical ICE car, you have a better chance of having a dead battery or running out of gas than getting a flat tire. Yet few people carry a canister of rescue fuel and even fewer carry around a spare 12V battery. Some carry a booster device, but that's quite rare compared to spare tires.

Tires are easy to fix and there are plenty of places to do it. I personally like the idea of having a spare tire, but I'll admit it's for psychological reasons rather than because it's the most logical redundant component to carry.

vperl | 3 november 2015

Tire shop in trailer, and the horse and snowmobile, and ski's, tow package handy

ir | 4 november 2015

> However, if you are towing your trailer all this time, it's not a good thing to abandon your trailer behind.

The "tow truck" can deliver and install a loaner spare tire. No need to leave any trailers behind.

bp | 4 november 2015

Just had a flat with my Classic P85.

My tire had a slow enough leak that I was able to re-inflate it and drive slowly enough to get home before the tire lost pressure.

And, if that hadn't worked, I would have tried the goo in the Tesla tire kit.

Tesla towed my car the next morning to the nearest service center, where they replaced the tire.

And, if the goo hadn't worked, they would have picked my car up where I had stopped.

While I was initially concerned about not having a spare or "run flat" tires, I've had my P85 for almost 3 years - and the lack of a spare hasn't been a problem - and I've had tires with small punctures - twice.

Brian Vicars | 4 november 2015

When I go on vacation in my future Model X, I plan on carrying a spare and a jack. End of story.

Tâm | 4 november 2015

@ir

Yes, Road Service could get you a spare tire.

However, please read from @bp report above, they would more likely to tow your car than loan you a spare tire.

carlk | 4 november 2015

Between my S and previous car I've been driving for the last eight years without a spare tire. There is never a situation that I was stranded on the side of road and need to call for help. Air leak from nail puncture is usually slow. You will get ample warning from TPMS to get it fixed before tire pressure gets too low. The sudden tread separation usually happens when tire pressure is too low and you're not aware of it. This again will not happen with TPMS.

In case you can not drive safely to home or repair shop you can still use roadside service. Also carry a sealant and air pump as a back up but most likely you will never need to use them.

ir | 4 november 2015

@Tâm

"please read from @bp report above, they would more likely to tow your car than loan you a spare tire."

Well, you can also read my post right here where Tesla did loan me one. I kept the flat and got it patched and reinstalled. Though they offered to pick it up from the Goodyear shop, I dropped it off at the nearest service center.

Tâm | 4 november 2015

@ir

It's good to know there's an option of spare tire loaner.

Thanks for sharing the experience.