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How often to rotate tires?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by theatwar99, Feb 16, 2016.

  1. theatwar99

    theatwar99 Member

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    Quickly approaching 5000 miles on our rear-wheel drive Model S 85, which was delivered at the end of December.

    We use it to commute 120 miles a day on weekdays and we were wondering how often experienced Model S owners would recommend rotating the tires. We drive in Southern California (Pasadena to the Inland Empire and back) on mostly freeways on the standard 19" all season tires.

    No issues with the car so far (except for a 1-inch dent on the bottom of the bumper from freeway debris, dang it.)
     
  2. Cyclone

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    My Service Center told me every 5k miles when I got the car. However, they only do it ever 10k. Every time I brought it in on the "odd" 5k, they said there is more meat on the rear and not to rotate it. So my car basically ended up being every 10k, so once so far ;)
     
  3. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Check the tread depth and evenness of wear on the tires. If they are wearing evenly across the tread and the tread depth is basically the same front to back, there's no particular need to rotate. The main purpose of rotation is so all four tires will wear out at the same time. Replacing tires in sets of four allows for better handling and greater safety than two old and two new tires. (In addition, tire manufacturers change the tires silently, so the same make and model of tire may not be the same as ones purchased at a different time.)
     
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    5,000 miles should be fine.
    It also depends on how hard you use the accelerator.
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  5. omarsultan

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    I do 5k-6k miles
     
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    I rotate in the X-pattern (I have an AWD vehicle) every 5K miles. For new tires, I do the first rotation early, at 2.5K miles.
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    An early first rotation is a good practice, although I'd do it sooner 1500 miles).
     
  8. theatwar99

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    Thanks for the feedback, everyone! We will schedule a tire rotation soon. Can't remember what the Service Center told us -- is there a fee for tire rotation? (We just picked up our car in late December).
     
  9. Cyclone

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    My CPO 2013 purchased in May 2015 has free rotations for life from the Tesla Service Center.

    Again, free rotations at the service center.

    I state it like that b/c it took me LOTS of searching and getting a hold of someone to answer that in such a straightforward manner. Hopefully that policy doesn't change anytime soon (but if it does, no big deal and my S will go to Discount Tire like my other cars do).
     
  10. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Bear in mind that the caps on the lug nuts are fragile and cost about $100 to replace all of them. I now take them off myself if I need to have Discount tire or some other non-Tesla service place work on them.
     
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