Here’s How to Properly Jack Up a Tesla Model S – Video

Tesla Model S Jack Up


We love us some “how to” videos, especially when focused on something most Tesla Model S owners will need to know at some point during their travels.

Tesla Model S Jack Up

Tesla Model S – Jacking Up

This particular “how to” video focuses on properly jacking up a Tesla Model S.

The Model S is unique in that it has specific jack points that must be utilized.  Additionally, the Model S needs to be lifted using an apparatus (jack stand plus jack point insert) similar to what you’ll see in the video.  This prevents damage to the Model S’ battery pack.  If you make a mistake here, the damage could be costly.  However, this video shows exactly how it should be done.

So, if you think you’ll ever need to jack up your Model S, then you ought to check out this video.

As always, proceed with caution or take your vehicle to a certified Tesla technician if you’re unsure of how to correctly pull off this procedure.

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Tesla Model S Lift Points


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18 Comments on "Here’s How to Properly Jack Up a Tesla Model S – Video"

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Actually, many cars have specific jack points that must be used to avoid damage. However, the cost of the damage would likely be considerably higher on a Model S that was lifted improperly.

Does a Model S include the necessary equipment to jack up the car (e.g., to change a flat tire)?

The Tesla Model S does not come with a spare tire or jack. There is an optional flat-fix kit that includes a compressor and sealant. I’m a Model S owner and I confess lacking a spare make me wonder if I wanted this car… but I realized the past 20 years the 2 or 3 flats I’ve had I fixed on the road with my own old-school tire plugs & compressor. Also the Tesla roadside service is supposedly awesome, so I will depend on that if I suffer something more than a simple puncture.

Does the special jack stand come with the car.??

Alas, no, not even as an option.

Do the new under shields help help prevent jack damage?

No. The new shielding components are all in the front of the car, well away from the jack points.

Roadside assistance might be well worth it for the S. Especially if it includes towing to the nearest dealer which would be a pricy tow for most people who live far from a Tesla service center.

The official Tesla warranty actually already includes free roadside assistance.

My Model S has a “Jack” setting on the air suspension screen. Looks to me like you can set the car to very high then stick 4 jack stands under it and put the car on the low setting and all 4 wheels would be off the ground? I never looked into it though.

Surely you can find 1 place to jack with rubber coated pad and a place to put the stand.

Obvious you do NOT jack or place a stand under the battery, but them some people -?

You’d be amazed how many people know absolutely nothing about cars.

I get that it has special marked places to lift the car…many other cars have that. What I don’t get is that special stand which you are obviously not going to carry with you.

So, how do you change a flat on the side of the road?

I want that jack stand, but with a generic rubber padded top plate! On many cars it is a compromise to find two jack/stand supports in close proximity.

The jack stand used in this video actually works with a wide variety of cars. There are also other pads available for different styles of lift points on different cars.

This is a useful video, but I think the title/description is slightly confusing. You don’t need these fancy jack stands unless you want to jack up more than one wheel at a time. Normally, you can just jack up one corner of the car, swap out a single tire, let the jack down, and repeat.

For some people, jack stands will be necessary if – for example – they want to rotate their tires and don’t have a spare to act as a placeholder for swapping wheels on and off. But if you have a set of snow tires, or you’re just swapping out a flat on the side of the highway, then there’s not much point to jacking up more than one wheel at a time. (Which is definitely a good thing; those stands are huge and it would be a big pain to have to carry one around with you for emergency situations.)

If you are working on a car that has been lowered, you may have to purchase a separate bottle jack to lift the car initially, and then use a standard floor jack once it is high enough. When it comes to bottle jacks, it’s very important to use them at the exact place that the manufacturer of your vehicle suggests you use for the scissor jack they include. This is because of the bottle jack’s smaller lifting point, it becomes much easier to accidentally damage your cars floor pan or worse. Visit for more.

Thanks a lot for sharing a nice guide.