Tesla Model 3 Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model 3: Maintaining Tire Pressures

Keep tires inflated to the pressures shown on the Tire and Loading Information label, even if it differs from the pressure printed on the tire itself. The Tire and Loading Information label is located on the center door pillar and is visible when the front door is open.

Note: If your Model 3 is fitted with Tesla accessory wheels or tires, some information may be different from the labels on the vehicle.

Maintaining Tire Pressures

The Tire Pressure indicator light
on the touchscreen alerts you if one or more tires is under- or over-inflated.

The Tire Pressure indicator light does not immediately turn off when you adjust tire pressure. After inflating the tire to the recommended pressure, you must drive over 15 mph (25 km/h) for more than 10 minutes to activate the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which turns off the Tire Pressure indicator light.

If the indicator light flashes for one minute whenever you power on Model 3, a fault with the TPMS is detected

Note: Display tire pressures in the "Cards" area, located toward the bottom on the left side of the touchscreen, as described in Touchscreen Overview. You can also choose whether you want to display tire pressures using BAR or PSI by touching Controls > Display > Tire Pressure.

Warning: Under-inflation is the most common cause of tire failures and can cause a tire to overheat, resulting in severe tire cracking, tread separation, or blowout, which causes unexpected loss of vehicle control and increased risk of injury. Under-inflation also reduces the vehicle's range and tire tread life.

Warning: Check tire pressures using an accurate pressure gauge when tires are cold. It takes only about one mile (1.6 km) of driving to warm up the tires sufficiently to affect tire pressures. Parking the vehicle in direct sunlight or in hot weather can also affect tire pressures. If you must check warm tires, expect increased pressures. Do not let air out of warm tires in an attempt to match recommended cold tire pressures. A hot tire at or below the recommended cold tire inflation pressure is dangerously under-inflated.

Warning: Do not use any tire sealant other than the type provided in a Tesla tire repair kit. Other types can cause tire pressure sensors to malfunction. If your Model 3 did not include a tire repair kit, you can purchase one from Tesla.

Checking and Adjusting Tire Pressures

Follow these steps when tires are cold and Model 3 has been stationary for over three hours:

  1. Refer to the Tire and Loading Information label located on the driver's center door pillar for the target tire pressure.
  2. Remove the valve cap.
  3.  Firmly press an accurate tire pressure gauge onto the valve to measure pressure.
  4. If required, add or remove air to reach the recommended pressure.

Note: You can release air by pressing the metal stem in the center of the valve.

  1. Re-check pressure using the accurate tire gauge.
  2. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as necessary until the tire pressure is correct.
  3. Reinstall the valve cap to prevent dirt from entering. Periodically check the valve for damage and leaks.


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