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Tire repair kit?

WADan

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Sep 28, 2020
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I am planning a long driving trip, and kinda worry about about various situations with MY. One is the lack of a spare tire. Do you all feel that a tire repair kit and an air pump are essential? I personally have not had a flat tire in my entire driving life. There were some close calls, but I was able to get them repaired since the nails did not cause enough air pressure loss. Thanks!
 

jcanoe

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A portable air pump and a plug kit are two items I would definitely pack for a road trip. The air pump and sealant kit that Tesla sells on their site is another option. The better alternative, a spare tire kit, is both expensive and takes up luggage space. See Modern Spare.
 

mark95476

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Jun 21, 2020
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I have a patch kit (not useful with the OEM Contis with the foam) and pump. Sealant (the green slime stuff) didn't work for me and the guys at Discount Tire told me the sealant can interfere with the TPMS.

I've had AAA for decades and used them ~twice in that time for flats.
 

2101Guy

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Jan 6, 2020
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Teslas kit is a good option. I used it once (tire shop who mounted tires on my Arachnids apparently did not properly tighten/secure the valve stem on one tire, causing a total flat. Fortunately it was gradual in a residential area and no tire damage. Used the air-only portion of the kit (it has two options, turn the switch one way and it releases the sealant with the air into the tire, turn the switch the other way and it just airs up the tire. And it was actually pretty fast to get the tire from about 10 psi to 40psi.

Also, check your car insurance policy as you may have roadside repair included already. Same for your credit card companies..
 
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Pianewman

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OP: Welcome to the club. There are a few discussions ongoing about the lack of a spare tire. There's just no space to install it w/o taking up a large portion of the storage.

Info on sealant varies. I've used it (Conti kit), which is water soluble, and caused zero issues with the TPMS valve. It's been 3 years since the usage, and no TPMS problems. I don't know the chemical makeup of the Tesla kit, but I purchased one and carry it in the car.

There's also conflicting info on the ContiProContact noise suppressing foam, which is a band of foam glued under the entire perimeter and width of the tread. Some sources say the sealant doesn't work with the foam, as the foam prevents the sealant from reaching the actual puncture.

I see no reason why a plug kit wouldn't work. Not easy, on the side of the road, but in an emergency it might be useful.
 

kayaker

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Jul 24, 2018
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I am planning a long driving trip, and kinda worry about about various situations with MY. One is the lack of a spare tire. Do you all feel that a tire repair kit and an air pump are essential? I personally have not had a flat tire in my entire driving life. There were some close calls, but I was able to get them repaired since the nails did not cause enough air pressure loss. Thanks!
I got the Tesla pump back in 2018. mine works great when I change my summer tires to winter and back. Only one flat tire in the past 20 years but it was with my tesla with kayaks loaded on roof and people waiting at the launch site. fortunately happened in front of tire place and they fixed it in 20 minutes. since then I've got the great little 1990's Porsche jack to keep with me and I'm awaiting the compact spare from eBay as well. Atlantic Canada has ONE ranger for all of us east of Quebec and the AAA equivalent here doesn't get to remote kayaking places very quickly either. The model 3 tires are not always in stock either. hope I never need to use the compact spare but happy to have it (soon).
 

Impaler

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I am planning a long driving trip, and kinda worry about about various situations with MY. One is the lack of a spare tire. Do you all feel that a tire repair kit and an air pump are essential? I personally have not had a flat tire in my entire driving life. There were some close calls, but I was able to get them repaired since the nails did not cause enough air pressure loss. Thanks!

Without a full size spare, I think a tire repair kit and pump are essential. It was one of the first things I ordered after I got the MT last summer.
 

Itsuo-DC

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I got the Tesla pump back in 2018. mine works great when I change my summer tires to winter and back. Only one flat tire in the past 20 years but it was with my tesla with kayaks loaded on roof and people waiting at the launch site. fortunately happened in front of tire place and they fixed it in 20 minutes. since then I've got the great little 1990's Porsche jack to keep with me and I'm awaiting the compact spare from eBay as well. Atlantic Canada has ONE ranger for all of us east of Quebec and the AAA equivalent here doesn't get to remote kayaking places very quickly either. The model 3 tires are not always in stock either. hope I never need to use the compact spare but happy to have it (soon).

I revived this with my M3 in 2018 and never used it. I just transferred it to my MY and finally removed the plastic.

Do you think the pump is strong enough to routinely reinflate tires from completely flat or should only really be used to top-up flats? I want to install some AlloyGators and will need to deflate all the tires completely to get them on.
 

jcanoe

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The small 12V and battery operated tire inflator pumps get quite warm very quickly. While you should rarely have to fully inflate a tire using one of the inflators you should let the pump cool off between tires. Also, the sealant canister that comes in the Tesla tire repair kit has an expiration date. You need to periodically replace the sealant. Tesla sells replacement sealant canisters.
 

Itsuo-DC

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Nov 26, 2018
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The small 12V and battery operated tire inflator pumps get quite warm very quickly. While you should rarely have to fully inflate a tire using one of the inflators you should let the pump cool off between tires. Also, the sealant canister that comes in the Tesla tire repair kit has an expiration date. You need to periodically replace the sealant. Tesla sells replacement sealant canisters.

Thank you for this! One last question. Do you know if the sealant is supposed to work on the tires with the foam lining? I thought I read that sealant wouldn't really penetrate through the foam and therefore wasn't useful for newer(?) Teslas? Thanks!
 

jcanoe

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Thank you for this! One last question. Do you know if the sealant is supposed to work on the tires with the foam lining? I thought I read that sealant wouldn't really penetrate through the foam and therefore wasn't useful for newer(?) Teslas? Thanks!
I have no personal experience with using the Tesla tire repair kit or repairing the OE tires on my Model Y. Some have stated that the foam liner interferes with the sealant being able to seal a puncture. While I have the Tesla tire repair kit (it came with my Model Y because in my state new vehicles must include either a spare tire or a tire repair kit and inflator pump.) I do carry the Tesla kit but I also carry a tire plug kit.

The tire plug kit I use is not the usual rope plug. I carry the Victor Plug & Go Tire Repair Kit. When I have a punctured tire, if I can find the puncture hole and the screw etc is still in the tire I leave it there and inflate the tire so I can drive to where I can get the tire repaired. The Victor plug is a threaded plastic plug that is intended as a temporary plug to seal the puncture hole so you can inflate the tire and drive to get the tire repaired

Plugging a tire using a conventional rope tire plug and a plug installation tool requires a lot of force to install the plug. Rear tires are much more difficult to plug while the wheel is mounted on the vehicle than are the front tires. When the puncture is on a front tire you can turn the tire outward. Otherwise it can be difficult, near impossible to apply enough force to insert the plug without first removing the wheel. There are spring loaded tire plug tools that might work but these may not be able to fit between the tire and the fender liner when the tire is on the vehicle.
 
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