Tesla Tire Rotation: Everything You Need to Know

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Last Updated on July 9, 2024 by Rose Morah

If you’re a Tesla owner, you’re likely passionate about maintaining your vehicle in top condition.

One of the most essential yet often overlooked maintenance tasks is tire rotation.

Proper tire rotation ensures even tire wear, enhances vehicle performance, and extends the life of your tires.

Here’s everything you need to know about Tesla tire rotation, based on my own experience and recommendations from other Tesla owners.

Why Tire Rotation is Important

Tire rotation is the practice of moving the tires from one position on the car to another to ensure even tire wear.

Uneven tire wear can lead to decreased performance, lower efficiency, and the need for premature tire replacement.

For Teslas, which are heavier than many traditional vehicles due to their battery packs, tire wear can be more pronounced, making regular rotations even more critical.


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Recommended Tire Rotation Interval

Tesla tire rotation is recommended after every 6,000 to 7,500 miles.

Again, this interval is often shorter than that recommended for conventional vehicles because Teslas have unique wear patterns due to their electric powertrains and heavier weight.

Regularly scheduled rotations are important because they help maintain optimal traction and safety.

Tesla’s Tire Rotation Pattern

For Tesla vehicles, the tire rotation pattern can vary depending on whether you have a Model S, Model 3, Model X, or Model Y, and whether your tires are directional or non-directional.

The most common rotation pattern for non-directional tires is the “forward cross” for front-wheel-drive vehicles and the “rearward cross” for rear-wheel-drive vehicles.

For directional tires, you can only switch tires from front to back on the same side of the vehicle.

Model 3 and Model Y

For the Model 3 and Model Y, which are often rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, the rearward cross pattern is usually recommended.

This means:

  • The rear tires move to the front on the same side.
  • Front tires move to the rear but switch sides (left front to right rear and right front to left rear).

Model S and Model X

For the Model S and Model X, especially those with staggered setups (different front and rear tire sizes), tire rotation can be more complex.

If you have non-directional, same-sized tires, the rearward cross pattern works here too.

However, if your tires are directional or staggered, you’ll need to follow Tesla’s specific guidelines, often only moving tires front to back on the same side.

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Tools and Equipment

Before you start, ensure you have the right tools:

  • A reliable jack and jack stands or a lift.
  • A torque wrench to ensure lug nuts are tightened to the manufacturer’s specifications (usually around 129 lb-ft for Tesla).
  • A socket set appropriate for your lug nuts.
  • Wheel chocks to prevent your car from moving during the process.

DIY vs. Professional Service

Many Tesla owners enjoy the DIY aspect of car maintenance, but tire rotation can be challenging without the proper equipment.

Using a jack and stands requires careful attention to Tesla’s unique jacking points to avoid damaging the battery or chassis.

For those not comfortable doing it themselves, professional tire rotation services are available at Tesla service centers and other reputable tire shops familiar with Teslas.

Tire Rotation and Alignment

Alongside tire rotation, checking and maintaining proper alignment is crucial.

Misalignment can cause uneven tire wear and impact handling and safety. It’s often recommended to have your alignment checked whenever you notice uneven tire wear or if you hit a significant pothole or curb.

Monitoring Tire Wear

Regularly inspect your tires for signs of uneven wear. Tesla’s electric powertrain delivers instant torque, which can accelerate tire wear, particularly on the rear tires.

You need to look for:

  • Tread depth: Use a tread depth gauge to ensure all tires are wearing evenly.
  • Uneven wear patterns: Check for feathering, cupping, or excessive wear on one edge.
  • Sidewall damage: Inspect for cuts, bulges, or other sidewall issues.

Tire Pressure and Its Impact on Wear

Maintaining the correct tire pressure is essential for even wear and optimal performance.

Tesla’s onboard monitoring system will alert you if your tire pressure is too low or too high.

Regularly check and adjust tire pressure, especially with changing weather conditions, to match Tesla’s recommended PSI, usually found on the driver’s side door jamb.


Tire rotation is a simple yet vital part of maintaining your Tesla.

Regular rotations every 6,000 to 7,500 miles, proper alignment, and consistent tire pressure checks can significantly enhance your vehicle’s performance and extend the life of your tires.

Whether you choose to do it yourself or visit a professional, ensuring your tires are well-maintained will help keep your Tesla running smoothly and safely.

Remember, a well-maintained tire means a more enjoyable and efficient driving experience. Happy driving!

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