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No spare tire...anyone have a flat yet?

I am worried about the lack of a spare tire. Has anyone had a flat tire yet? If so, how was it handled and how long did it take for resolution? How is everyone else handling this concern?

Inject tire with the fluid, it will coat the diameter of the tire and become a semi solid. In the event of a puncture it will seal the puncture permanently and you never know it's in the tire.

I have a GTR and I replaced the run flats with non-runflats because the ride was too harsh with the run flats. Getting a flat was a big concern of mine. I have used tyre shield and never looked back.

I was told by Tesla that the distance of the lug nut holes from the center is different than on other cars so non-Tesla rims will not work. Telsa is apparently considering an optional spare of some sort. Telsa sells a compressor with a can of fun-flat liquid. I have another car with a folded inflatable tire on a narrow rim. If Tesla introduced that and sold it with their compressor, all would be good in the world.

I can imagine derbies where the MS all had four narrow inflatables on, and half the challenge was not to spin out by losing control or a tire! ;)

When they eventually get around to right hand drive, for the Australian market, we are going to need a spare of some sort. Our distances and road quality make them an essential item. Larger rim size tyres are not that freely available, and even in Sydney are a special order at most tyre shops. Usually take 2 or 3 days for stock to come in before fitting can happen.

I just ordered a spare tire & wheel for my model S from the Tire Rack. They assured me it is the correct bolt pattern, offset, stud hole size and correct center hole size. It will not fit in the trunk, but I wanted a spare just in case. We live in New Mexico and I wouldn't want to wait for Tesla to send me a spare. Total cost was $326.61 including shipping. This doesn't match the original wheel, but It is only for emergencies. My salesperson was Marshall at (888-727-8092) (ext.4792) Hope this helps.

Danny, where in NM? PM me on TMC, same username.

ripm, I live in Albuquerque,NM

Has anyone here actually tried to change a flat on a Model S themselves? I had a slow leak from a nail and took the car to DTC to have the tire fixed (for free I might add, can't say enough about their customer service). They used a air wrench to remove the lug nuts. When they started to put the wheel back on the car, they asked me what the torque for the lug nuts was supposed to be. I had to call Tesla for the answer, 140ft/lbs!! I don't know about you folks, but I don't think I could take a lug nut off with a conventional tire iron, that was tightened that much. DTC used a 36" long torque wrench to put the nuts back on, and their guy (much younger than I) had to put quite a bit of effort into it.

That being said, I just high a large pothole here in Houston on the way home last Monday. Trashed both lefthand wheels and tires. Waited almost 3 hours to get towed to the Tesla service center, and they still have the car. Not sure what the real solution for this is.

@wsjarriel - a spare wouldn't have helped in that case.

My point exactly. I have considered run flats, because I don't relish sitting on the side of the road for 3+ hours waiting on a tow between Houston and Austin (I have family there), but there are too many disadvantages to the runflat tires as well. As I said, I'm not sure what the real solution is.

@wsjarriel - I think for most people the occurrence of flats that can't be fixed with the spray glue but that could have been fixed by carrying a spare around is low enough that you don't worry much about that case.

@bbalter - you have to get the right offset, but there are third-party rims that will match.

Are there not plain pressed steel rims at low cost that will match the bolt pattern and offset? I feel sure there must be. One can then also buy a really low cost tire, given that this is meant as an emergency stopgap to enable you to get to a tire service for repair. One then, with mismatched tires on the same axle, would need to drive slowly, say 25 to 30mph. Here in Australia, roadside assistance can take all day to arrive. Towing is incredibly expensive, and why would you get a tow just for a flat? All over Australia, nails and other debris seem magnetically attracted to car tires. All tire repair shops seem to have a line of cars waiting all the time!!!
The main issue seems to be where to store one. For those who dismantled the car, could the frunk liners not be re designed to make the extra space to support this or is the metal behind the liner too tightly applied?

My many years experience with no spare tire in Porsche is leak caused by nail puncture is always slow enough that you will have enough time drive home or to gas station after the TPM warning. I never even have to use the sealant came with the car. Keep a rechargeable air pump in the garage and carry it with you so you can still drive the car in case it will take a few days to order the new tire.

About a week after I got my car we picked up a steel tire balancing weight, right through the passenger rear tire - Sat 5:30pm - Tesla roadside got me towed home, but NO 21" extremes to be found anywhere - took the tire off and while deflated put into frunk to test the space, tight but could be pushed to sit on floor, then took rim and tire to Tesla and got it replaced - took it home and again put into frunk, this time inflated, would fit but 3"off floor - so my idea is, short of finding a doughnut, is to steal a rim (have to, otherwise $750), buy a tire (check out Sears/Kmart), have it mounted and beaded, then remove stem to deflate - push gingerly into frunk (make sure you have a jack, actually, just the tire will do - AAA or Tesla Roadside will come out and change the flat) - and if you have a flat, pull out the deflated one, make sure the stem is installed, inflate with Tesla compressor - and away you go - that is my theory anyway -
Have you found a 21" donut yet? If so, where did you get it?

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