How to select tires for Tesla Model 3, Model S, and Model X? Selecting tires is never an easy task. The choice is to either stay with Tesla OEM tires or choose something else. Tesla OEM tires are not always the best tires. This was the case with 2017 Model S with Goodyear Eagle Touring tires. In this blog, I want to share my experience with Tesla OEM tire which I ended up replacing with a different tire.
My right rear tire has been leaking air for months now. I was holding off to not spend money on tires but with cold temperatures, this tire cannot maintain normal pressure at all.
Good Year Eagle Touring All Weather Tires
The Original Equipment tire on my Model S is a GoodYear Eagle Touring. This tire can be found on tirerack.com:
This is a special tire for Tesla and it claims to have the Sound Comfort Tech.
I have not had a great experience with these tires. Traction is not good in rain and snow. These tires often loose grip when accelerating fast in rain. Also, they do wear out fast. Finally, the stopping distance is not particularly great. However, these tires are fairly quite.
Here is the picture of the GoodYear Eagle Touring tire with the special sound padding inside:
Continental PureContact LS All Weather Tires
Continental PureContanct LS Update
So, far my new tires are doing great. Except, I do notice a bit of the noise especially around 40 mile per hour. The Goodyear Eagles did not have this problem maybe due to the noise cushion that they have. But, I feel the road traction in wet and ice is much better with PureContanct LS tires. I am going to ask Tesla service to check the tire balance to make sure this is not causing the noise.
One more note, I was at the Tesla Service recently to get my headlights replaced under warranty. All new Tesla Model X cars have Continental Pure Contact LS tires. And all new Tesla Model S cars have the Michelin tires now.
Continental PureContanct LS Latest Update
I wanted to update this blog with my latest experience with the Continental PureContanct LS tires. All was going well for one year until I have recently discovered air leak from my left rear tire. It is slowly loosing pressure. I had a similar problem with my right rear tire before but with Good Year tires. I was hoping to not have this problem with Continental tires.
I believe that there are top 3 major factors contributing to the these tire issues:
- Terrible pot hole rigged and never to be fixed highways and roads in Philadelphia area
- Low profile wheels and tires such as 19 inch on the Model S
- My careless driving over pot hole rigged and never to be fixed roads
I had very similar tire problems with the Audi A6 which had 18′ inch wheels. More problems with the Audi which had 21 inch wheels.
Conclusion, be ready to change tires often if you drive low profile tires in the areas with bad roads!
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