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15kmiles: need to replace tires and do alignment - is it ok?

Hi,

bought Tesla Model 3 AWD LR in December, 2019. Now mileage is almost 15k miles. Yesterday visited America's tires, wanted to do rotation. But was surprised because was told that already need to replace tires (R18) and highly recommended to do alignment.
I know that better to do rotation every 5-6k, but it is almost new car!
Is it ok?!
 
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Tam

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...replace tires...

That depends on what your tires' tread depth is: you should replace if they are down to 4/32" or 3mm.

Your tire longevity is dependent on many factors including driving habits and alignment...

Running over a pothole or bumping into a curb can knock the alignment out of whack.

They can printout pre-alignment numbers to verify whether an alignment is needed or not.
 
I rotated mine (M3 AWD) after about a year, and was very surprised by the amount of wear, and the wear delta between front and rear. That was the day I became a granny driver. :S
Electric is SO much fun though! :D Tires don't cost that much compared to some other cars I own so screw it -- I'm flooring it and enjoying life.
 
I checked my alignment when my car was new to have a reference, and all the toe angles were out of spec.
I check the alignment every 6 months and only tiny corrections get reported.
I also rotate only front and rear on the same side, I could use my spare to cross the tires but I don't want to have curb rash on both sides...

I read that the OEM tires don't get good mileage, also RWD tires take all the load in heavy acceleration compare with AWD.
What kind of tires and size do you plan to get?
 
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That depends on what your tires' tread depth is: you should replace if they are down to 4/32" or 3mm.

Your tire longevity is dependent on many factors including driving habits and alignment...

Running over a pothole or bumping into a curb can knock the alignment out of whack.

They can printout pre-alignment numbers to verify whether an alignment is needed or not.

2/32" per DOT and most states. Michelin even states that replacing a tire at 3mm doesn't provide a safety benefit over the manufacturer/ legal requirements. I wouldn't go below 2/32" but 4/32" is more like the dream of a tire installation place...
 
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I checked my alignment when my car was new to have a reference, and all the toe angles were out of spec.
I check the alignment every 6 months and only tiny corrections get reported.
I also rotate only front and rear on the same side, I could use my spare to cross the tires but I don't want to have curb rash on both sides...

I read that the OEM tires don't get good mileage, also RWD tires take all the load in heavy acceleration compare with AWD.
What kind of tires and size do you plan to get?


Where do you get your alignment at?
 

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