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The tire pressure of your Tesla is a very important metric. This is because electric vehicles have additional tire requirements due to the increased weight of the battery pack. In addition, tires regularly experience increased torque. Properly maintaining your Tesla's wheels is essential to protecting the occupants of your vehicle.
The tire pressure information for your specific Tesla is located on the inside of the driver's door. There you can get information about the recommended tire pressure, as well as the maximum and minimum pressure for your Tesla tires. If you use Tesla accessories or replacement parts, follow the recommendations indicated on them. Every Tesla is equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), utilizing direct pressure sensors in each wheel. The TPMS system is an excellent driving aid and should be checked regularly.
Tesla's TPMS system has a built-in feature that automatically detects a new set of wheel sensors. After this, the TPMS sensors can be reset via the vehicle's touchscreen.
Note: The reset function is only possible when the vehicle is on.
Caution: Only use approved Tesla sensors when performing this procedure.
According to the selected wheel size, the vehicle sets the pre-defined Recommended Cold Pressure (RCP) target values, according to the Owner's Manual. Before driving the vehicle, it is necessary to verify that the wheel size is correct and the TPMS sensors are functioning. This is called auto learning.
1. Turn the touchscreen on
2. From the touchscreen
Touch Controls > Settings > Service & Reset > Tire Pressure Monitor > Reset Sensors. Reset the sensors based on the wheel size.
Caution: Selecting the incorrect wheel size may result in false tire pressure warnings. If a tire pressure warning displays, exit the vehicle, close the rear trunk and all doors, wait for the touchscreen to go black, then re-enter the vehicle and ensure that the correct wheel size is selected before touching Reset.
Warning: Do not reset the TPMS sensors in an attempt to clear tire pressure warnings.
Warning: Only use tires and wheels that match the original specification. Tires that do not match the original specification can affect vehicle performance.
Touch Reset, and then touch OK.
4. Car Status
Press and hold one of the scroll wheels and select 'Car Status' to see an overview of the TPMS information. When the sensors are unknown at the start, all the values will be shown as follows:
Note: If pressure values are still shown from previous wheels, make sure that the vehicle is stationary for at least 20 minutes, before continuing to the next step.
5. Road Test
Perform a road test. Auto learning will start when the vehicle exceeds 25 mph (40 km/h).
Note: When auto learning completes, the tire pressure information displays for all wheels, and clears any TPMS faults.
Note: Auto learning can take up to 20 minutes during a test drive.
Note: If "Tire Pressure System Needs Service" displays after performing auto learning, try this procedure again. If the warning still persists after 5 minutes of driving at 25 mph (40 km/h), contact Tesla.