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Tire Rotation

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Sir Guacamolaf, Jul 24, 2016.

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How do you rotate your tires?

  1. Service center - and they do it for free (and I have a service plan)

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  2. Service center - and they do it for free (and I don't have a service plan)

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  3. Service center, but they charge me for it (how much?)

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  4. Myself or third party shop.

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  1. Sir Guacamolaf

    Sir Guacamolaf The good kind of fat

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    Since we need to rotate tires every 5K miles, how do you do it?
     
  2. BigAirHarper

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    Interested to see the results to this. I'm a long way from a service center. Leaning toward doing it myself.
     
  3. FlatSix911

    FlatSix911 918 Hybrid

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    I go to a local tire shop. For a Dual Motor car, every 10K is about right. :cool:
     
  4. sorka

    sorka Active Member

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    ...and you have confidence that they've never lifted anywhere but the lift pad jack points???? They are very narrow so unless they're using something like hocky pucks or something else narrow enough to lift up only on the rectangular pad, they'll have squished the rails on the sides of the battery.
     
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  5. jerry33

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

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    Both myself and the Service Centre.
     
  6. jerry33

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

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    That's generally not the problem, it's ruining the nuts with impact tools. Add $120 for each rotation.
     
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  7. Sir Guacamolaf

    Sir Guacamolaf The good kind of fat

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    Service center charges you $120 for each rotation? (Sorry just being thick here)
     
  8. ArtInCT

    ArtInCT Always Learning

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    I have two hydraulic pump jacks. Jack up one side of car, front and rear and using an electric impact wrench I remove the lugs. Clean and inspect the calipers and wheels and tires and do the rotation front to rear then drop the car and use a torque wrench to achieve correct torque setting. BTW, hand thread each lug nut on the lugs to insure a good thread alignment. Do no let the torque wrench bugger up your lug's threads. I am due again to do this in about 2K miles. Good used pump jacks are not very expensive, both of mine are from Craig's List, $50-60 each (3 ton jacks). This is NOT a hard procedure to do, if you have the time and desire. Every car guy I know, does this themselves if able.
     
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  9. FloridaGary

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    Just had this done last Saturday. When I intially called for the appointment, they confirmed the service was free. It took one hour to rotate, perform an over-all inspection, add air to tires, supercharge and topped off windshield washer fluid. I also mentioned that my drivers side floor mat was bunching up and they replaced both front and back with new upgraded mats for free.
     
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  10. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight Fluxing

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    I switch my summer and winter tires about every 5k miles, so that's when I rotate them (myself) front to back. I just mark the fronts and rears before taking them off, and then 6 months later, mount them on the reverse. Tire swap and rotation all at the same time.
     
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  11. JPUConn

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    don't forget to use the correct socket size of 21MM. picked my car up this morning and chatting with the service advisor about my plans to swap my own snow tires over and he said he sees many instances of individuals / external shops who use the incorrect size and round off the lugs.
     
  12. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight Fluxing

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    And make sure it's 21mm SIX point, not 12 point.
     
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  13. byan1232

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    Are you sure that it is free at the service center? I was told it is included in the annual/12500 inspection, which is $600...
     
  14. sorka

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    I also use two hydraulic jacks along with two hocky pucks on on each lift pad to make sure there's no chance of the jack pad pressing on the battery side rail as the cars lift pad/jack point is recessed about an inch higher than the bottom of the battery.

    I use a breaker bar to loosen the lugs. A non impact socket to quickly tighten the lugs, and finally a torque wrench in a 5 star pattern....twice. Why twice? Almost always the first bolt torqued to 130 ft / lbs will again need to be torqued and will rotated a few more degrees after the last one is tightened. Actually I repeat continuously until a lug no longer rotates and just clicks on the torque wrench but that never exceeds the second round of tightening. I avoid using the impact not because I'm afraid of ruining the lugs but because I'm afraid of ruining the studs as I frequently swap 19 and 21 sets (several times a month).
     
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  15. sorka

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    From an email I received asking about tire rotation last year at the Fromont location:

    "Our technicians will inspect your tires and rotate the tires automatically if the rear tires have less tread than the front. It is part of our courtesy service."
     
  16. theslimshadyist

    theslimshadyist NashVegas!

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    Seriously????? That's criminalistic!!!!
     
  17. Sir Guacamolaf

    Sir Guacamolaf The good kind of fat

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    The question is, will they do so outside of the service. Tires will need rotation maybe twice a year, service is only once a year.
     
  18. sorka

    sorka Active Member

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    Courtesy Service is part of any service visit. In my case, it was warranty due to noise complaints.
     
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  19. Sir Guacamolaf

    Sir Guacamolaf The good kind of fat

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    Dear Tesla,

    For some strange reason, my car develops a strange noise only I can hear right around when I need tire rotation.
    Thanks in advance,
    Wink Wink,

    Yours sincerely,
    Sir Guacamolaf! <3 :D
     
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  20. jerry33

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

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    No. For the lug nuts the other shop has ruined.
     
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