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Air Suspension Questions

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by Driver Dave, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. Driver Dave

    Driver Dave Member

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    Looks like my new Model X was defaulted to Low.

    And when I set to Standard, it goes back to Low.

    Should it be in Low as default? aka Is Low really Standard?
     
  2. MX1028

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    I've seen videos on youtube where driving in always low will chew up the tread on the inside of the tire really fast. Look up the video. I have not had my vehicle yet but I plan to drive in Standard or High. I may turn it to auto when driving long distance.
     
  3. aesculus

    aesculus Still Trying to Figure this All Out

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    You went to the control panel while the car was parked and changed it to Standard? What is your setting for auto adjustment to Low?
     
  4. goneskiian

    goneskiian Active Member

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    Just to be clear, on the X "Very Low" is the lowest setting, while on the S "Low" is the lowest. That being said, yes, the lower you go you should expect the inside (especially on the rear tires) to wear more quickly. Although, I can't imagine the difference between "Standard" and "High" to change the wear much.

    Cheers!
     
  5. Driver Dave

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    On a new Model X with AP2 and not much working yet, here are the options:

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    And I figured out why it defaults to low based on this setting:

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    I'm not sure why it is LOW and not STANDARD.

    Any ideas why LOW would be the default?
     
  6. vandacca

    vandacca ReActive Member

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    No idea if it's the default, or someone at the showroom set it that way. However, LOW is more aerodynamic, so it should help with range. The disadvantage is premature and uneven tire wear.
     
  7. Driver Dave

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    I wonder if that happens just in VERY LOW and not so much in LOW.
     
  8. Awdpwr

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    I am having this same issue so glad to see how to fix it. I want to keep mine in very low because I love the looks and could care less about tires.

    I was also told that you can change the height to low/standard when approaching a speed bump or curb and the Tesla will geolocate and raise the next time you're at this spot. Any truth to this?
     
  9. FarmerDave

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    What you heard is absolutely correct. I have mine set to very high at store parking lots to avoid impressions from parking blocks.
     
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  10. MinnesotaMX

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    wow i never knew the model X had very low! im assuming people would only use that for parking?
     
  11. ptsagcy

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    Another advantage of "very low" is when cleaning the windows. Likewise "very high" makes it easier to clean the lower half of the car.
     
  12. MisterT2

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    Being a rural MX owner, I have spent way too much time on this setting. My DS said it will kick into low at 70 mph, no matter how this is set. So I changed always to 55 mph. I am thinking of changing it to 65 mph because the roads in Wisconsin are terrible.
    The geo-location is amazing. At the start of my gravel driveway, it goes very high and stays there till I leave my driveway. On my way home from work, I sometimes stop at a nature center. It automatically raises upon entering the gravel parking lot. Upon leaving the lot, it automatically kicks it down to standard.
    I use very low when I pick-up my elderly father-in-law. Every inch counts and this is the easiest car to chauffeur him around with. He thinks the car is amazing. If it ever does fully drive itself, he wants one.
     
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  13. goneskiian

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    Some folks prefer the look of a very lowered car too. It's also more aerodynamic the lower it is which is why it will lower at higher speeds.
     
  14. MinnesotaMX

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    Finally picked up the X. Driving in low.
     
  15. Chrisizzle

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    Always fascinated by people asking questions here rather than pick up the owners manual. Although, I admit I am such a nerd that I downloaded and read the manual prior to picking up my Model X last month.

    I don't have the book in front of me for specific numbers, but all suspension settings have a maximum speed. So like... very high drops to high after 30km/h. High drops to standard at 60km/h. Standard is adjustable (as you've discovered) but drops to low at 80km/h as a default. Very Low must be manually selected.

    I've also read about the uneven tire wear but understood that was restricted to the very low setting. I think 'low' is still safe for tires.
     
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  16. FarmerDave

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    Yep, RTFM is always the preferred method.
     
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    I am a fan of RTFM, but this car is so different than any car I have ever owned. I learn something new about it everyday.
     
  18. MX1028

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    I found this while messing with the car yesterday after washing it. Now I keep my air suspension at Standard and have the car change it to low when I'm above 50+ miles.
    50+ is the lowest setting. I figured at that point I'm on a highway. So this will automatically change the suspension based on speed. Not sure if people knew. I thought it was only always or never option.
     

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    I am not trying to be snippy to you guys but I am to the team in Fremont. I have RTFM (more than once) but I find it unbelievable that TFM is not updated showing the correct fuse box layout & fuse assignments. :eek:
     
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  20. Driver Dave

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    Yep I found this too. Works well. Standard on local roads. Low on highway.
     

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