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Tire FYI

Discussion in 'Model X' started by rdalcanto, May 29, 2016.

  1. rdalcanto

    rdalcanto Member

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    Got in the X today and had a low pressure warning in right rear. Stopped and found a screw in the center of the tire after less than 600 miles. Went to the gas station/shop near our house for a repair. They took the tire off and initially refused to fix the tire because there is a foam ring glued to the center of the tire. After convincing them it was for sound deadening and not structural in any way, they agreed to fix it. They cut away a section of foam to get to the rubber. But, the tar like glue keeping the foam in place is awful - thick, sticky, and hard to remove. Eventually they were able to get it clean enough to chemically bond the patch and seal the tire. Also, they didn't realize at first that the lug nuts have plastic covers over them that look like real nuts, so they couldn't find a socket that would work. Once I told them, them slipped the covers off, revealing the real smaller lug nuts underneath, and they were able to get the wheel off no problem.

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  2. jerry33

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

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    I would find a more qualified place to work on my tires in the future.
     
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  3. Husamia

    Husamia Member

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    thanks for the info. Can you take pictures of the lug nuts?
     
  4. CaliX

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    what is the brand and type I have been looking for those. Can you post a picture of the outside of the tire? Is there a product number on it?

    Thank you!
     
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    beantobe Member

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    This ^^^
     
  6. rdalcanto

    rdalcanto Member

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    Yes. The gas station is fine for taking a tire off and putting a patch on a normal tire. I had no idea that our tires have the foam inside. These are the stock Continental All-Seasons that come on the 90D with the 20 inch standard wheels.
     
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  7. Saghost

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    Interesting. I'd read a year or two ago about tire companies planning to install sound deadening foam in some tire lines, but this is the first I'd heard that the X tires had it.
     
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  8. CaliX

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    How do we tell if ours has foam?
     
  9. jerry33

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

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    1. There may be some marking on the tire that indicates it.
    2. Go go the tire manufacturer's site and look up that model of tire. (be sure it's the exact same model because there may be quite a few "almost" models)
     
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  10. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    There's a logo on the side of the tire that says, "ContiSilent." Interestingly, I don't find them any quieter than the Nokian WRG3s I put on after we got a side wall puncture.
     
  11. paintpolisher

    paintpolisher Banned

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    Since I have my X on the lift today, I pulled the wheels to apply OptiCoat Pro Plus to the barrels, rear of spokes and the faces.

    Here is the tool that will pull the plastic caps off: Amazon.com: Genuine Audi 8D0012244A Wheel Bolt Cap Removal Tool: Automotive

    (looks like Amazon made this an add on item)

    Here are pictures of the tool and how it works.

    Also picture of the "conti-silent" on the tire and a clean wheel. :)

    The lugnut is a 21mm and the torque for the lugnuts are 129 ft-lbs. (Just like the MS)

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  12. Mayhemm

    Mayhemm Model S P85+ "Lola"

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    Strangely, the lugnuts for my Model S seem to have changed size. I've been using a 21mm socket since I got the car in 2014, but that size now fits extremely tight (if it will go on at all) and will occasionally seize to the lug. This has happened with several lugnuts and I've tried using several different 21mm sockets in case one was damaged. What's going on? Needless to say, it makes any wheel-related maintenance a real chore. I'm also worried that I will damage the lugnuts one of these times.
     
  13. FlatSix911

    FlatSix911 918 Hybrid

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    The OEM Tesla lug nuts have a stainless cap that distorts over time with wrench use.
    Pneumatic wrenches are especially bad for accelerated lug wear and size distortion.
    I ended up replacing all of my lug nuts with chrome vanadium steel ... problem solved :cool:

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