Tesla Model 3 Tire Pressure (Solved & Answered)

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Do you have a Tesla Model 3 but still don’t know what to set your tire pressure to? I’ve been there- it’s a bit of a conundrum because the manual for the Model 3 is silent on this important topic.

No worries, I’m going to explain everything here- and tell you exactly how to set proper tire pressure for your Model 3 and how much pressure you should use on your model 3 tesla.

What should tire pressure be for Tesla Model 3?

The optimal tire pressure for the Model 3 is between 40 and 45 PSI. This is also known as “cold tire pressure,” so if you’ve driven your car in the last few hours, you’ll need to let it sit for a few hours or overnight before checking the pressure.

Depending on the wheel size you have Tesla recommend a different tire pressure, for 18′ wheels the recommended tire pressure is 45 PSI whereas for 19-inch wheels the recommended tire pressure is 42 PSI

If you don’t have access to an air compressor, head over to a nearby gas station. Some will even check the pressures and top them up for free!

On a cold day, your tires may be underinflated compared to the recommended pressure due to decreased air temperature reducing tire pressure. Tire pressure can change by around 0.7 PSI per 10 degrees F temperature change. So, on a 60-degree day, your tires could see up to 4 PSI of lost tire pressure.

What should tire pressure be in winter for Tesla Model 3?

The recommended tire pressure is 44 psi. I regularly drive in near-freezing temperatures and snow and have experienced no problems with my tires.

I had the same question (did some research and found that a lot of people have had no issues at around 42-45 psi; if you’re worried, you can always increase your tire pressure to 44psi on your model 3.

Do Tesla Tires Go Flat?

Do Tesla tires go flat? Yes. They are regular tires. They do go flat occasionally. If you drive your car over something sharp, like a knife, then there’s a good chance that your tire will be punctured and need to be replaced. You can buy new ones or get them fixed at an auto repair shop.

Do Tesla Model 3 Tires Need Air?

Yes, Tesla tires are no different from other car tires. They absolutely need air and if they don’t have enough air or if you drive with a puncture, they can become damaged.

If your Tesla has ever been driven without enough air in the tires or with a puncture, it is important to check them for damage. If your Tesla has ever been driven on a flat tire, it is especially important to check them for damage as flat tires can cause serious wheel damage and possibly even require a wheel replacement.


How do I know what PSI my Tesla Model 3 is?

You can find the psi of your tires by touching Controls then clicking on Display the final step is to click on Tire pressure

If it says “No Data” most likely you have to air up your tires. If you’re getting that message and you know your tires are properly inflated then chances are you have a tire pressure sensor issue and will need to contact Tesla Service.

Does Tesla use Nitrogen in Tires?

Tesla does not use nitrogen in the tires of their vehicles. In fact, Tesla states that they use normal air.

While the idea that nitrogen-filled tires would provide better performance and longer life than regular air is appealing, there’s no evidence to suggest it’s a good idea for your Model 3 Tesla.

How to Inflate Tesla Model 3 Tires

Filling a tire in a Tesla Model 3 is different than other cars. Here’s how to do it:

1. Locate the tire valve cap and remove it.

2. Remove the tire pump nozzle from its holder.

3. Insert the nozzle into the tire valve, making sure it fits well.

4. Set the pressure to the proper PSI for your tires, which you can find in the owner’s manual or on a sticker inside the driver’s door frame.

5. Press start to begin filling up your tires!


Jimmy Mitchell is an electric vehicle aficionado who has been following the space since Tesla first hit the scene. A longtime proponent of sustainable transportation, Jimmy was one of the first to buy a Tesla 3 as soon as it came out. He loves nothing more than helping others learn about and enjoy the benefits of electric vehicles. When he's not evangelizing about EVs, Jimmy enjoys spending time with his family and travelling throughout south east asia

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