Keep the Model S in the "Low" position

Keep the Model S in the "Low" position

I ordered my Model S with the air suspension, a big part was so that I can lower it without altering the suspension. Do you know if it is possible to keep it in the low position, or will it automatically raise back up when you slow down or leave the car? I hope you are at least able to keep it "low" when the car is parked.

brdunton | 06. februar 2013

Low is default. I have actually found raising it when parked makes it much easier to get in and out of. Once you start to drive, it will drop down automatically.

jat | 06. februar 2013

No, standard is the default. The car will automatically change from standard to low at 55mph, and from low to standard at 50mph. I haven't tried changing to it manually at slower speeds. | 06. februar 2013

jat is correct-standard is the default.

Schlermie | 06. februar 2013

It changes from Standard to Low when you pass 65MPH. It changes back to Standard a couple seconds after you drop back below 65MPH.

dsterdee | 08. februar 2013

Has anyone tried manually setting it at low and seeing if it will stay there?

nickjhowe | 08. februar 2013

@dniemi. Yes, and no.

GeekEV | 08. februar 2013

I don't have my car yet, but based on my understanding of the user guide, if you want to keep the car in low while parked, you should be able to set it and then hit the JACK mode to lock the suspension. However, once you start driving (above 4.5mph IIRC) the JACK mode will automatically kick off. So, yes, it should be possible to keep it in low - while parked.

lolachampcar | 08. februar 2013

This is exactly why I was asked to do a suspension lowering module for the MB and VAG cars. The device added lowering at zero speed for the look people were trying to achieve then would return to stock as the car pulled away (sniffed CAN for wheel speed). I think I did a post here or at TMC regarding the need for a suspension module. I suspect the MB one will work on MS.

dsterdee | 28. april 2013

That would be nice. I'm sure there are others that like the look of the low position.

KOL2000 | 03. september 2013

Any update on this? I'm a little tired of pressing "low" everytime I park and waiting to open the door. IMO it should ALWAYS be on the low setting if you want it to be...

brandtlings | 03. september 2013

When I test drove the car at the end of last year, the test car automatically lowered itself to low when I put it into park. They said it was to make it easier to enter and exit. I haven't noticed this behavior in either of my cars which were delivered in March and July. Wonder if there was a change in one of the updates that removed that feature? Personally I think it should raise the car to max height for entry and exit, then lower itself so it looks cool when parked. :)

dnew92130 | 03. september 2013

Just picked up my car a couple days ago.

It seems you can set it to any position you like when stopped.

Very high lasts until you hit about 5-10MPH or so, then drops to High.

High seems to last until you hit maybe 15-20, then drops to Standard.

Standard and Low toggle around 55-65MPH or so automatically.

When completely stopped, you can set it how you like and it will stay there. Very high, low, whatever.

If you're trying to keep the trunk from banging the garage door, remember to set it to very high before programming the opening amount on the trunk.

stewart.horner | 11. september 2013

There is a Guy in Portland white MS on 22" Vossen wheels who hacked the setting it rides on low. dont know how but its possible .

TomasT | 11. september 2013

@stewart.horner I would suspect that an MS with 22" Vossens just looks like it's in Low all the time because of the bigger wheels. I doubt anyone has hacked the car's computer yet (it's a pretty dangerous proposition, I imagine), although it is always possible to physically hack the suspension with a good mechanic.

ir | 11. september 2013

Auto-lowering would be a bad idea if you are parked over a high curb. Crunch!

If you happened to reverse-in you might even lift your wheels off the ground.

Bighorn | 11. september 2013

Everyone's tires are the same diameter--raising the car increases the wheel gap equally regardless of rims.

TomasT | 11. september 2013

@Bighorn Wow, so that means that with 22" rims the tires would have to be even slimmer? I did not know that. I assumed the tires would be bigger, too. Thanks.

Bighorn | 11. september 2013

Like rubberbands! The tires stay the same diameter or else the speedometer would be affected, at least the old fashioned ones.

stewart.horner | 11. september 2013

Thomas , just telling it like the tesla specialist told me ?? I have seen the car parked up and it is low ! Now I'm not sure as I don't have my car yet but if you park an leave the car can it stay on the low setting or does it return to std ?

mikefa | 11. september 2013

For my car, it automatically lowers after reaching 60 MPH, but will stay in the Low position even when traffic slows to 30 MPH and moves to Standard position if car slows below 30... then i'll have to hit 60 MPH before it will lower it again. When i tried to lower the suspension while traveling under 60 MPH it will give a warning message "that feature is not available".

Brian H | 11. september 2013

Park and D below 60 are not the same.

Andercam | 12. september 2013

When the car is in Park, you can set it to low and it will stay there.
I do this because it gives the car an aggressive stance while it sits there and people walk by to admire it! :-)

Bighorn | 12. september 2013

So I just did the experiment. Parked it in very high and noted about 5 finger widths of wheel gap. Dropped it to low and it sits with about minus two finger widths ie negative wheel gap. Now I understand Andercam's approach--looks tight!