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What do you do when you have a flat tire on a MX

Discussion in 'Model X' started by tinkoo604, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. tinkoo604

    tinkoo604 Member

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    Hey Guys

    I was wondering what would you guys do if you ever had a flat tire on your MX. Since there are no spare tire, are the factory tires run flats. Worst thing that can happen is having a flat when your on a road trip. Some times the tires isn't repairable would any tire shop be able to work on the tesla or do u need certified specialist to work on the MX.

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  2. JimVandegriff

    JimVandegriff Member

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    We had a flat last summer. I called Tesla service. The Tesla employee checked my location, noted that there was a tire store a block away, volunteered to have a truck tow me, but we just walked across the parking lot to the tire store, and they had one of their people pump up the tire, drive the car to their service bay, and fix the flat. No problems since.
     
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  3. ohmman

    ohmman Maximum Plaid Member

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    So... just ensure you get your flat across the street from a tire shop?

    ;)
     
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  4. Phil Seastrand

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    I had a flat a week ago (ran over a police spike needle left on the road). I called Tesla Service and they had a truck by within 90 minutes with a spare. They changed the tire and send the flat to the local service center where it is being replaced with a new tire (the needle was too close to the sidewall :( ).

    I plan to try to repair the flat myself and mount it on a cheap rim to carry as a spare on trips. We'll see how that works out!
     
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  5. Tam

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    I thought the front and rear tires are not of the same numbers (Front: 265/45R20 vs Rear: 275/45R20) so is 1 spare interchangeable for both front and back?
     
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  6. Sandy Chamois

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    My X had a flat last week. Tesla Roadside assistance sent a flatbed tow truck, the car was at my house. No nearby tire shop had the exact tire (you should not mix and match) They towed it to the nearest Tesla service center for free but the one tire cost me $427 total.
     
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  8. Phil Seastrand

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    They installed a 255/45R20. The roadside assistance person said it might be a slightly different size but that would be OK. I can't notice any difference.
     
  9. Galve2000

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    a AAA membership is worth every penny in instances like this.
     
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  10. travwill

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    Same, flat tire but got home as it was leaking out air, then completely empty.

    Tesla sent flatbed. Air it up just enough so it could get on the truck. Sent to Tesla, tire replaced there (SC is about 5 miles away is all). Was like $475 also I want to say.

    Do have the repair kit in car but this hole was too big. Apparently that is good if you have a puncture small enough where it can seal it up and you have to be able to use the spray, drive a bit slowly to disperse it, then air up rest of way - wasn't possible this time.
     
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    TexasEV Well-Known Member

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    How is calling AAA better than Tesla roadside assistance?
     
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  12. ecarfan

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    Since so far no one appears to have answered the OP's questions, here are my attempts to do so:
    No, the tires that come on the S/X are not run flats. And there is no spare tire. Many new cars these days do not come with a spare.
    The S/X tires can be repaired/replaced by any competent shop as far as I know. I have had two slow leaks on my S tires (two different tires) due to road debris puncturing the tire, both times had the tire patched by the local tire shop that I use.
     
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  13. goneskiian

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    Yup. You call Tesla for a tow, or you can call AAA for a tow, or you stock up on some basic tools to fix it yourself (jack, sockets, plug kit, and pump).

    I've been meaning to put together a "kit" for road trips myself. This thread got me to pull the trigger. I have a breaker bar and sockets and I just ordered these items...

    Amazon.com: Stop & Go 1085 Deluxe Tire Repair Kit: Automotive

    Amazon.com: Torin T10152 Scissor Jack - 1.5 Ton: Automotive

    I also have the Tesla branded "slime" emergency repair kit that I would use the pump from to reinstall (Tesla — Tire Repair Kit). Or, and more likely, I usually always have a bicycle floor pump in the car on trips as I usually have a bicycle with me.

    Cheers!
     
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  14. tinkoo604

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    Thanks for you input guys
    I will definitely have some sort of kit in my MX. It would also be a good idea to have a air pump as well.
     
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    Yeah I'd personally recommend carrying an air pump which is enough to let you limp away from 99% of flat tire scenarios if you're in a hurry. Otherwise, roadside assistance is great!
     
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    I somehow got two screws in two tires in my first two months of ownership. By using such a pump, I limped along for several weeks while waiting for a service appointment/replacement tire.
     
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    @tinkoo604 , assuming you have the stock Continental ContiSilent tires, I recommend you keep a copy of this Continental repair manual (pages 9-14 for English) in your glove compartment. Folks have reported that tire companies would not attempt a repair because they had not seen tires before with the foam insert. These instructions from Continental show how to remove a small section of foam to perform a puncture repair.
    I keep a tire plug kit plus electric pump in my trunk. I also have a set of pliers to remove the puncturing screw/nail, and a pocket knife to trim the excess plug material.
    I still have a bottle of Slime in the trunk, but others report that it doesn't work well or at all with the foam insert, and once used, tire companies refuse to attempt a repair. My first line of attack will be the plug repair kit.
     

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  18. Gol4

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    I had a flat tire just yesterday. Called up Tesla roadside assistance and they sent out this tire-shop-in-a-van. The setup is pretty cool - even including a coffee machine. The guy was extremely friendly and everything was good to go in an hour. There was a screw and a razor blade in the tire so unfortunately he did have to replace it.

    There is apparently one van like this in the Bay Area and they plan to add bunch of these all over the country.

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    Wow, I wish Tesla brought that to SoCal.
     
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    IMG_0245.JPG Accidentally wasn't paying attention and drove my x on the curb. Both front and rear passenger tires sidewall popped. So Tesla had my car towed. Tesla service replace the tires next morning and it was good to go. Too bad my rims has curb scratches now... Total replacement of 2 tires was $815 including tax and labor.
     

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