2013 Tesla Model S: A Different Tire Issue
January 24, 2014
What is it with our long-term 2013 Tesla Model S and its rear tires? First the premature wear issue that destroyed the two rears, then a bubble that destroyed the driver-side rear, now this.
The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light came on while driving. Before I could pull off to check into it, the light extinguished. Forgot about it until the next day when this alert flashed up while still in the driveway.
This was a far more strident warning than the one that came up the day prior. Sure enough, the driver-side rear tire was the source of the light. Here's how low it was:
I couldn't see what was causing the leak, so I pumped it back up to 42 psi and kept an eye out for recurring TPMS lights. That day I drove it 80 miles with no such light. The next day it was back to 20 psi in the morning. So I set it to 42 psi again and headed to Stokes Tire.
The culprit: a wood screw in the tread. $30 later and a fresh tire plug and I was on my way.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor