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Tesla Model S Tire Rotation and Tire Care Tips

Tesla Model S 21" Turbine Wheel Tire

Tesla Model S tire rotation and care tips that can help improve mileage and maximize the life of your tires.

One of the most widely discussed topics among Model S owners is the aggressive wheel alignment setting that each factory vehicle comes equipped with. The Tesla Model S has world class handling that rivals the best performance vehicles, but having this award-winning handling performance comes at the expense of tire longevity.

Wheel alignment is broken down into three major angles of orientation; camber, caster, and toe. These components are fundamental to preserving handling performance and tire tread life, but finding the perfect balance between these dimensions can be a challenge.

Tire-CamberThe camber angle (degree of difference between the wheels vertical alignment perpendicular to the road) on the Model S is set to an aggressive -2 degrees (factoring in margin of error) as outlined in the factory wheel alignment chart below.   If a wheel is perfectly perpendicular to the surface of contact, its camber would be 0 degrees, but in the case of the the Model S, the top of the rear tires are tilted inwards as a way to increase handling characteristics. Heavy cornering would yield more surface contact between tire and road, thereby improving grip.

However, during straight-line acceleration and everyday driving, negative camber reduces surface contact between tire and road – net effect being a decrease in straight-line performance  and additional pressure on the inner tire which could lead to uneven wear.

Tesla Model S Tire Rotation

Tesla Motors suggests rotating tires every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) and performing an annual wheel alignment, although many Model S owners have had no ill effects with delaying tire rotation until the 6,000 – 7,000 mile mark.

Tire Rotation PatternTesla Model S Tire Rotation

NOTE: Tire rotation pattern not applicable to Performance Plus Models due to the size difference between the front and rear wheel/tire combination.

Tire Specifications

Tire TypeLocationSize
19″ wheels (85 kWh vehicles): Michelin Primacy MXM4AllP245/45R19 98V
19″ wheels (60 kWh vehicles): Standard – Goodyear Eagle RS-A2 Optional – Michelin Primacy MXM4AllP245/45R19 98V
21″ wheels on standard vehicles: Continental ExtremeContact DWAllP245/35R21 96Y
21″ wheels on Performance Plus (P85+) vehicles: Michelin Pilot Sport PS2Front RearP245/35R21 96Y P265/35R21 101Y

Tips for Maximizing Tire Life

  • Regularly inspect tire tread and side walls for signs of abnormal distortion (bulges), cuts or severe tire wear
  • Look for tire tread wear indicators which start to appear at the surface of the tread pattern

  • Routine tire rotation every 5 – 7k miles
  • Keep tires properly inflated (reference the “Tire and Loading Information” label inside the door sill).
  • Annual wheel alignment check
  • Avoid hitting potholes and curbs
  • Avoid frequent fast turning and heavy braking
  • Avoid hard acceleration

Tesla Model S Wheel Alignment Values

LocationAir SuspensionCoil Suspension
Camber-0.75 +/- 0.35-1.75 +/- 0.35-.53 +/- 0.35-1.55 +/- 0.35
Camber Split-0.00 +/- 0.20-0.00 +/- 0.50-0.00 +/- 0.20-0.00 +/- 0.50
Caster4.00 +/- 0.50n/a3.70 +/- 0.50n/a
Caster Split0.00 +/- 0.20n/a0.00 +/- 0.20n/a
Single Wheel ToeOUT 0.05 OUT 0.15 (limit) IN 0.05 (limit)IN 0.20 +/- 0.05IN 0.02 OUT 0.08 (limit) IN 0.12 (limit)IN 0.185 +/- 0.05
Thrust Anglen/a0.00 +/- 0.30n/a0.00 +/- 0.30
Suspension Bolt Height (at design)213.5 +/- 5 mmStandard models: 144 +/- 5 mm Performance Plus: 151 +/- 5 mm230 mm (nominal)158 mm (nominal)

Tesla Model S Tire Rotation (21" Turbine Wheels)

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