Tesla loves to provide many options when choosing the configuration that is suited to you. The same counts for wheels and tires. They actually can change from time to time. And when buying a second-hand model 3, the standard tires are often replaced. So, which tires will you actually get when purchasing a Tesla Model 3?
The Tesla Model 3 comes with three tire options: the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 235/45 ZR18 98Y XL Acoustics, the Continental ProContact RX 235/40 R19, and the Pirelli P Zero 235/35 R20. The vehicle configuration you select at the time of purchase will determine which tires you get with your Model 3.
For a bit of in-depth background about the topic, check out the rest of this article. I know right, how interesting can tires actually get? Well, put on your nerd glasses, because I already did.
- How Model 3 Tesla Tires Work
- Rotation, Alignment, and Balancing of Model 3 Tires
- Other Tires That Work on the Tesla Model 3
- Frequently Asked Questions
How Model 3 Tesla Tires Work
Electric vehicles are heavier than their gas counterparts, causing more wear and tear on the tires. Therefore, Tesla tires are manufactured specifically to optimize the performance of the cars they’re installed on. For example, (depending on the Tesla configuration you choose) the Model 3 can come standard from the manufacturer with Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires.
These tires incorporate sunflower seed oil into the rubber to keep them sticky on slick or wet surfaces and maintain traction on dry road surfaces.
The Primacy MXM4 boasts a 3D sipe technology which are tiny cuts in the tire tread. When the tread presses on the road surface, the sipe cuts join together to form a solid surface. This enhances stability and provides exceptional traction.
Pirelli Tires for Tesla Model 3
Although many Model 3 owners make due with the Primacy MXM4 tires, some of them also use the Pirelli variety. Pirelli tires combine technology with innovation to deliver a smooth, all-season ride.
The tread pattern ensures a secure grip in all weather conditions, while the design reduces the chance of hydroplaning on wet surfaces and improves braking distance.
On a somewhat related note, I wrote an article where I discussed how many miles Model 3 tires actually last. I also shared 5 factors that affect your Tesla tire’s lifespan. Check it out!
Rotation, Alignment, and Balancing of Model 3 Tires
Although Model 3 tires are sturdier than those for fuel-powered vehicles, they’re still prone to wear and tear that can shorten their lifespan and make your vehicle more dangerous to drive. Fortunately, you can take steps to make your tires last longer — like ensuring that their rotation, alignment, and balance are just right.
The Tesla manufacturer’s recommendations are to rotate the Model 3 tires around 6,250 (10,000 km) miles to ensure even wear on the tires. While the Tesla Model 3 will tell you many things about the current state of your car, it won’t tell you whether the tires need balancing or alignment.
This YouTube video from aDigitalNomad.net will help you what to look out for with your Tesla tires and act accordingly.
You should notice any wheel vibration that causes the steering wheel to judder. If you notice a slight shaking of the steering wheel, this is a good indicator that you need to have the tires balanced.
Some Model 3 owners say they have an alignment check every six months or 6,000 (9,600 km) miles.
Other Tires That Work on the Tesla Model 3
While many Model 3 owners stick with the tires from the manufacturer, you can also change out the tires for a different brand.
Here are three other tire choices for a Model 3. Remember, the rear tires are two inches (5 cm) wider in the back than the front due to the staggered tires for better handling.
|Goodyear Assurance||Yokohama ADVAN Sport||Bridgestone Potenza|
|Six-year, 85,000-mile (136,794 km) warranty||50,000-mile (80,467 km) warranty||No warranty|
|Owners rate this tire 4 out of 5 stars||Owners rate this tire 4.5 out of 5 stars||Owners rate this tire 4.1 out of 5 stars|
|Lifespan of 50,000 (80,500 km) miles||Lifespan of up to 55,000 (88,500 km) miles||Lifespan of around 25,000 (40,000 km) miles|
|Excellent traction on snow and ice. Certified safe for driving in wintry conditions||All-season traction with an even tread life||Wet surface traction|
|Great dry traction||Upgraded braking traction||Mainly a warm-weather tire that doesn’t perform well in cold conditions|
|Soy-based tread compound remains flexible in most frigid temperatures||Smooth riding with a long-lasting treadwear||A performance tire for the road with a durable tread|
|3D Treadlock improves tread grip on the road||Streaming Z-grooves offer extra traction||Exceptional traction on wet surfaces|
Tesla Pro Tip: Can you get a tire warranty on your existing Tesla tires?
You can buy a warranty for your existing tires by going to America’s Tire Company or Discount Tires. You can go directly to one of these dealers and request to buy the Road Hazard Warranty on your existing tires (for example). You don’t have to buy new tires from them.
This can be done with any tires, but would possibly help Low Profile owners the most, as they have a higher risk of blowing out their tires.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I Follow the Air Pressure Guidelines on the Tire or the Tesla Tire Label?
Always follow the tire pressure guidelines on your car’s Loading Information Label. If the tire pressure on the tire differs from the label pressure, follow the Loading Information label pressure.
Does the Model 3 Come From the Factory With Run-Flat Tires?
The Tesla Model 3 does not come from the factory with run-flat tires. This is because run-flat tires do not offer the smooth, high-performance ride you expect from a Model 3 Tesla.
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