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Which Lug Wrench and Jack

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by ElectricAvenue, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. ElectricAvenue

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    I purchased winter tires and wheels so I have decided to use these as my "spare" tires when I get a flat.
    They will be kept at home so all that will be needed is a phone call to a family member to go pick one up and deliver it to the MS when it has a flat.

    That being said, what is Lug Wrench and Jack would I need to replace a wheel on the MS?
     
  2. jerry33

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

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    The bolt heads are 21 mm. Rangers use a three ton jack. For occasional use you could get by with a two ton which are common and less expensive. If you want to take it with you there are jacks that weigh only 32 lbs. They are not particularly cheap though.
     
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    You need a big lug wrench. The torque is very high on the Tesla. I would go to Tire Rack and try one on your Tesla before purchase.
     
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    You can also get these "air bag" jacks that fold flat and are lightweight.. for occasional use (emergency tire change). They slip under the car and are inflated by connecting a hose to your exhaust pipe.. . .. oh, never mind.

    The frunk in my Classic 85 can hold a full size spare and jack. I seldom use the frunk for anything anyway. And the wheel in there adds extra crash absorption, if needed.
     
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    You are at the max capacity of that jack. I would get one that is rated higher.
     
  7. tomp

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    I got this jack, plus this and this. Since I only plan to use it for emergencies, I felt it was a reasonable compromise. Is there a better, small-size jack? I didn't want to lug around a floor jack all the time.

     
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    While that maybe ok for removing the lugs. Your going to need a adjustable torque wrench to re-tighen to 129ft lbs. do not do it by hand. You will either not tighten enough or over tighten and risk striping the threads
     
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    #9 linkster, Oct 31, 2015
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    1. 18-24" breaker bar
    2. 21mm socket (MUST be a 6 point!)
    3. at least a 2 1/2 ton (alum or steel) floor jack as they are far more stable/safe than a scissors jack
     
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    #11 aus, Oct 31, 2015
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    Don't waste your time with those scissor jacks.
    I got an aluminum jack at Costco for around $100 or you can find something at Harbor Freight. You can also get a 1/2" torque wrench there too for around $30 if you're only going to be using it occasionally.
    The Tire Rack jack is very solid but it's pretty big too. It wouldn't be easy to throw in a car to use if you had a flat.

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    +1 !

    (I do keep a scissor in the S for roadside emergency spare tire replacement ONLY)
     
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    I would highly recommend getting a torque wrench. I just had someone overtighten my lug nuts using a power wrench. The lug nuts got deformed and the threads damaged. Total cost to replace wheels hubs and lug nuts: $1700 plus tax. Tesla can't replace just the studs, only the entire hub.
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I was lucky, they only wrecked the nuts on mine. Now I have two sets of wheels so I never have to have anyone else do it.
     
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    Every time I could use a torque wrench, I don't have one, and every time I think of buying one, I don't really need it! (Pre-S)

    But you guys have convinced me to splurge, thanks for all the info.
     
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    MajesticSound Up is LOUDER

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    I got this socket from Summit Racing and really like it. Just the right amount of extension and a 6 point for a good fit

    http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SXT-284321
     
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    Here's Harbor Freight's Black Friday add.
    There's a low profile floor jack on the front page- it looks to be steel, so it's going to be heavy but solid.
    There's a torque wrench and air compressor on the second page.
    On the third page, there's a simple air compressor hose or a wall mount hose.
    All are worth getting.

    Harbor Freight Black Friday 2015 Ad Scans | Slickdeals

    That's a nice socket!! Thin walled, with a plastic cover to it won't scratch the wheel and the extension looks about perfert for most cars. I had to buy a 3" extension for my cars.
    Any idea how much shipping was?
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    At least for me, having a jack for roadside emergencies is the reason I'm asking about jacks! For all those who poo-poo scissors jacks, what do you carry with you in the event of a flat??
     
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    Sorry for the (my) :confused: confusion. I carry a 3,000 lb rated scissor jack with me in the car for emergency roadside tire replacement.
     
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    I'd call AAA if I had a flat.
    There are WAY too many accidents on people trying to change their tire or just parked on the side of the road.
    Not worth the danger where I live at least.
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