Inflating or deflating your car’s tires to the correct pressure has many benefits. Safety considerations aside, properly inflated tires can also save you money on gas and costly repairs. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA):
“Low tire pressures affect braking distances and provide less responsive steering and handling. This can be especially dangerous when an emergency stop or sudden evasive maneuver is needed to avoid a collision. In addition, low pressures allow tire sidewalls to flex excessively, which generates heat. While moderate heat simply accelerates tire tread wear; high heat can lead to loss of tread segments or even blowouts.” Yikes!!!
We would like to ensure that our readers who are lucky enough to be Tesla Model 3 owners are safe at all times. In an effort to do so, here we will be discussing the recommended Model 3 tire pressure.
Is it Stock or Not?
Determining proper Model 3 tire pressure for stock tires is fairly easy. Tesla recommends PSIs between 42 and 45 depending on weather conditions and owner preference.
According to user “JAD,” a frequent poster to the official Tesla Motors Blog, “The lower pressure will likely give you more traction and thus better acceleration despite slightly higher rolling resistance.I tend to like a firm ride, with better steering response and more range so mine with 42 psi recommended is set at 45 psi. If you want a softer ride, you can drop the pressure slightly, but carefully watch for excessive wear on the outside of the tire. Tire pressure easily fluctuates 10 psi based on temperature, altitude, etc, so a few psi one way or the other is ok, but following Teslas recommendation is always safest.”
If you want a more authoritative source than some random dude on the Internet, take it from the big man himself:
Braking & UI upgrades apply to all Model 3s. Improved windshield for aero noise & suspension for ride comfort are major ops. Unless you’re really bothered by them, don’t replace. Best way to improve ride is drop tire pressure to ~39 psi. 45 psi is best range, but lower comfort.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 30, 2018
Things get a bit trickier when you customize your ride as a few of the Model 3 owners we mentioned in this article have. Any good mechanic or tire shop should know what the proper inflation levels should be for each individual tire. As always, please only do business with licensed and insured parties to avoid any potential unsafe modifications.
How’s the Weather?
Once you’ve figured out whether you like your ride smooth or firm, the next biggest consideration to take into account is weather. Tire pressure should be monitored closely when the temperatures start to fall, as tires can lose up to 2 PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit dropped. While this number should bounce back to normal after the cold weather subsides, it is still a good idea to be on top of any variances.
Tires should also be rotated regularly to ensure equal distribution for tire wear. Tesla recommends that Model 3 owners rotate their tires every 6250 miles. This can be accomplished at your local tire shop (provided they know how to do it), your Tesla service center, or by a Tesla mobile service technician.
What do our readers think is the perfect PSI for the Model 3? Anyone have any tricks or tips on optimizing range and/or comfort in their Tesla? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.
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