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Flat tire replacement

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Jhall118, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. Jhall118

    Jhall118 Member

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    Hey guys, I took delivery of an inventory model S (3900 miles), and ran over something that punctured the tire on the first day :eek: Very slow leak (TPMS hasn't gone off in two days, and it looks like I haven't lost any real pressure yet).

    Anyways, the tire needs to be replaced, and I am just wondering if I can get by just replacing one tire, and if it should go on the front (don't want to hurt the rear differential?) or if I should rotate it to the rear (because it will get more wear). Any opinion on this?

    It's the Michelin primacy 245/45/19.

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    Sucks, but I LOVE THE CAR. Also, I was thinking of just fixing the flat with a patch/plug myself (I've done it before) and risking the "CATASTROPHIC RESULTS" if I need to use it as a spare, in the future.
     
  2. Lloyd

    Lloyd Well-Known Member

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    This looks to be not in the sidewall. If you are going to patch it, use an internal patch properly placed.

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  3. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I don't think Tesla will patch it so will have to go somewhere else. You could patch it and then keep it around as a spare but put a new one on too.
     
  4. Ziggy

    Ziggy Member

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    I had a slow leak a few months ago and took the car to the service center. It turned out that a nail was in the tire and
    the only solution the SC could offer was replacing the tire. I had about 12k miles on the car and didn't want to replace 2 tires because you really can't just replace one... at least I wouldn't. I took the car to America's Tire Company and they patched it for free. That's just what they do. Fantastic service and zero cost to me even though I didn't purchase the tires from them.
     

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