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Model 3 dual motor tire rotation - do it yourself question

dsgerbc

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Jun 4, 2019
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Why do you say the M3 is particularly not friendly for tire rotations? From everything after this you appear focused on *any* car falling.
I haven't found lifting the M3 any easier/harder than any other car I have worked on.
Don't put words in my mouth. I said Tesla is not friendly to DIY tire rotations.
A $1000 quickjack is not a common DIY tool.

And yes, DIY tire rotations are a pain with a Tesla. Because you cannot lift a Tesla with a regular jack and set it down on a regular jack stand. You need to jump through hoops to use a single jacking spot per corner for both lifting and setting it down securely. Some of the modern ICE cars are getting to be annoying as well, with a ton of plastic parts covering up engine crossmembers, or pinch welds on the sides.
 

gearchruncher

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Sep 20, 2016
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M3 is not DIY friendly for tire rotations. Do not trust a hydraulic jack to hold.
Don't put words in my mouth. I said Tesla is not friendly to DIY tire rotations.

You did say the Model 3. I guess you're focused on the DIY part? Again, as someone that has worked on BMW's, Audis, Subarus, Lotuses, I don't find it any different. They all have one acceptable jacking point, so you're always using a less than approved point for the jack stand after jacking. You can find equally unapproved but reasonable areas under a Tesla.

But of course, this only applies if you have the hard line in the sand that you have to use a jack stand for a 5 minute tire rotation when you don't get under the car. How do you manage to put the jackstand under the car without getting under it anyway, since you claim having your hands in the wheel well is the same as being under the car?

Wasn't saying a Quickjack was common or required- just very handy if you do it a lot. But if you're going to suggest everyone needs to spend $400-$800 on Jack Safes or Rennstands, then might as well get a $1K quickjack which is much more useful.
 
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raptor5244

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May 10, 2019
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FWIW, I have two inexpensive Harbor Freight jacks. I use them both together on the same side with lift pucks and jack them evenly to the same height. This approach offers some redundancy and you don't have to jack as high to get both wheels off the ground. The downside is the cost of a 2nd jack and having to store it somewhere. Having a spare jack is not a bad idea anyway though.
 

SK360

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Had a brush with death this weekend. Glad I’m still here to post.

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Mrcarcrazy

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May 22, 2019
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DIY tire rotations are simple if you’re remotely experienced in basic mechanics.

I learned on my performance that the tires wear exceptionally even. So I’ve stopped rotations for now. (I have a lift, but it is not needed). I use the lift to get the tires up to a height where I don’t have to risk back injury.
 

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