Taking good care of your Tesla tires might be more challenging than you think. Teslas weigh more than conventional vehicles because of their heavy battery packs, and have a tremendous amount of torque. The first and easiest way would be to rotate your tires. So, can Tesla simply rotate them at every service?
Tesla service centers will rotate your tires, and in fact, it is recommended to do it there. Rotating tires is a service you have to ask for at your service center, as it’s not something they will do automatically. It should cost around $150. Third parties may be ±$50 cheaper.
If you’d like to find out everything there is to know about Tesla tire rotation and how to properly take care of them, read on further.
Rotating Your Tires at Tesla Service Centers
You can do it at third-party service centers, of course, but I’d say it’s probably safer to take your Tesla to an actual Tesla service center, as they specialize in taking care of Teslas and will provide you with much better service than third-party centers.
The $150 for the tire rotation may seem like a lot, but you’ll find that it’s well worth it, as you’ll get service from pros who know their way around a Tesla.
Going to a third-party center can save you up to 50%, which can seem appealing, but you have to check if they’re experienced in working with Teslas. Otherwise, you might end up saving money on the rotation but spending much more on additional repairs if something goes wrong.
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Some service centers will offer to rotate your tires for free, but only if you buy the tires from them. If there’s a reliable place close to you where you can do this, it might not be a bad option. Otherwise, it’s wisest to stick to Tesla service centers.
How Often You Should Rotate Your Tires
The official recommendation from Tesla is that you’re supposed to rotate your tires every 6,250 miles (10,058.4 km) or if the tread depth difference is 2/32 inches (2 to 4 mm) or higher. Thankfully, this means that you’re not going to have to do this very often unless you’re constantly on the road.
If you like a more aggressive style of driving (and I hope you don’t), you’re likely to rotate your tires a bit more often. The more aggressive you get behind the wheel, the more you’re going to wear out your tires.
Likewise, if you’re a gentle soul when driving (and you should be), you might get away with rotating them less often. The gentler you are, the less you will wear out your tires. Not only does this increase your safety on the road, but it also saves you time and money for rotations.
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Why You Should Rotate Your Tires
You should rotate your tires to ensure that you have a smoother and safer ride. Tires in different places wear out at a different pace, so you’ll end with unevenly worn tires. This jeopardizes safety, the longevity of the tires, and the driving experience.
Tires will wear out over time, and this is not something that can be avoided. Since they will wear out anyway, it’s best if they’re worn out evenly. The aim of tire rotation is precisely this: to ensure that your tires are worn out evenly.
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If your tires are worn out evenly, your car will handle much better, and you’ll be able to have way more control over it. This is going to make driving more predictable and will make it much easier for you to react in dangerous situations.
Evenly worn-out tires will also have a better grip on the road. This is going to further increase your ability to drive safely and have control of your car even in bad weather. Not to mention hard braking and making sharp turns when you need as much control as you can possibly get.
According to an NHTSA report, around 25% of all tire-related accidents occur because the tread depth is inadequate. This puts into perspective how dangerous it is not to rotate your tires.
Did you know:
Around 50% of cars on the roads don’t have tires with the proper tread depth, according to Consumer Reports? Considering how important it is to rotate your tires, this is a recipe for disaster.
You can also check out this phenomenal video on tire rotation to get in-depth knowledge on the topic:
|With Rotated Tires||Without Rotated Tires|
|Improved safety||Compromised safety|
|Longer tire life||The manufacturer may not accept the warranty|
|Fewer repairs||More money spent on repairs|
|Better driving experience overall||Worse experience overall|
Random Fun Fact:Did you know that people used to use a penny to determine if their tread was too worn down? The “penny test” was performed by placing a penny upside down into the tread. If Abe’s head is completely visible, it means your tread has worn down past the 2/32” limit.
Luckily, the newer Tesla’s now come with a tire tread warning system, so you won’t have to worry about keeping change in your car at all times.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Rotate the Tires Myself?
Yes, you should be able to rotate your Tesla’s tires yourself, as long as you have the right tools and technical know-how. If you don’t, it is best to leave it to skilled professionals.
What if I Need To Replace My Tires As Well?
If you need to replace some of your tires when you rotate them, install the new wheels in the rear of the car. It is more dangerous to have worn tread in the back if you lose control of the car.
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