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Winter / summer Tyre swap

M1tch

2021 Model 3 Performance with EAP
Nov 16, 2021
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Gloucester, England
Just a sanity check as I’m having my summers swapped for winters and checking I’ve not overlooked something.

1. I’ve got the summers on and the winters in the garage. Wife’s car will take them to the tyre place.
2. I’ve got Jack pads for the garage to lift the car. It’s M3 so no special settings right?
3. How do I get the cover off the centre of the alloy? Is there a tool somewhere?
4. Are there locking wheel nuts underneath or not? If so, where is the key?

Anything else I’ve missed?
 

WannabeOwner

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Nov 2, 2015
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Suffolk, UK
Wife’s car will take them to the tyre place

4 wheels in the car takes up quite a lot of space ... they fit in my S, never tried it in a Y ... pretty sure not possible in a 3 :)

I’ve got Jack pads for the garage to lift the car.

Never bothered with them on any of the Tesla's we owned. I just let the garage jack the car - but I make sure they know where the jacking points are. Mobile specialist Tesla service folk haven't bothered with them either

If I was lifting the car with my Boy's Own jack I'd use them ...

There is a jacking mode on the S, can't remember if the 3 had one, not sure if its important. I reckon I must have failed to engage that at some point, given the number of times I've had Summer / Winter swapped, or for some other tyre replacement ... so not sure its important.
 

Adopado

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Aug 19, 2019
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Scotland
4 wheels in the car takes up quite a lot of space ... they fit in my S, never tried it in a Y ... pretty sure not possible in a 3 :)
They fit in the back of the 3 too. If the back seat is down it creates a suitable platform for 4 tyres to be place side by side in the positions that back seat passengers would be sitting if the back seat was in its normal position... so the tyres are put into the car via the rear door. A large sheet or tyre covers are needed to reduce the likelihood of rubbing them against the upholstery and making dirty marks.
 
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Adopado

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Aug 19, 2019
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Scotland
They fit in the back of the 3 too. If the back seat is down it creates a suitable platform for 4 tyres to be place side by side in the positions that back seat passengers would be sitting if the back seat was in its normal position... so the tyres are put into the car via the rear door. A large sheet or tyre covers are needed to reduce the likelihood of rubbing them against the upholstery and making dirty marks.
I just found a picture:
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