Removing Tesla Model 3 Aero Wheel Covers – How-To Video


Here’s a good ‘ol DIY, how-to video for removing those less-than-attractive aero wheel covers that come stock on the Tesla Model 3.

Removing those aero wheel covers on the base Tesla Model 3 is easier than you might expect.

Just one month or so ago, we got word that the aero wheel covers could be removed. At the time, some images of what the wheel underneath looks like surfaced too. But it wasn’t until just yesterday that we came upon video showing that the removal process is indeed quite easy. Just a few solid tugs will pull off the cover, which is held in place by some metal snap rings.

Aero Wheel Cover Back Side

With Cover Removed

Since the covers simply pop on and pop off, then taking advantage of their claimed 10% efficiency boost is simple. Put ’em on when you think you may need the added range, pop ’em off when you’d rather not be asked why you went with such an unattractive wheel on an otherwise beautifully designed car.

Tesla Model 3 With Aero Wheel Cover

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Can’t but wondering if this the guys own car or a random Model 3 he saw by the side of the road. 😉

Can’t believe how much these covers are hated.
They look fine to me.

Exactly , i love them too.

I love when cars come with totally covered rims , like in the ghost in the shell movie.

Oh great, you showed it…
Now Elon will want to buy that one too.

Me too… admittedly haven’t seen them in person… maybe they are photogenic… but then… I have no taste… I love my LEAF and even liked the Tesla Aero wheels. If it gives extra range… I like it. Function before form. I tend to see my cars from the inside.

Use them for hi-way driving, Take them off in the city . That’s Great! I hope those hubcap clips do not scratch the wheel finish by the constant removing & replacing..

Prius had exactly the same design in 2009 on 15″ alloy wheels, I really don’t know how this deserves to be the News. Oh yeah it’s from Tesla.

You can read whatever you want.

Move along now.

Can someone try removing the Tesla lug nuts cap in the middle of the aero cover and see it if stays by itself over the lug nuts?

In the photo the back seems very deep, I see no reason for that unless it pops out of the aero rim and can be left to cover the lug nuts.

And when the clips break:


I love it!

Some people and tire shops do this if the covers are loose, or expensive… And then they or their spouse gets a flat tire and find out they can’t replace the wheel because they don’t have a wirecutter…

It’s a fricking hubcap…..

It’s a wheel cover. A hubcap covers just the hub.

I thought the silver cyclone wheels were underneath.

There was a poll done on one of the main Tesla forums….only 37% responded they would keep the aero wheel covers on “all the time”.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Because i’m a lazy old fat Troll, I’d probably leave them on.

Thoughts on which black chrome lug nuts would work with this wheel?

Brilliant move, a nice looking alloy wheel for daily driving and a snap-on aerodynamic hubcap for the occasional long distance jaunt.

There apparently is also a separate center insert and lug nut covers that are (or will be) available. They’ve shown up in some pictures.

It would be great if they just came with the car but I’m not holding my breath.

According to the person who posted the video,the center insert comes off the hubcap and can be insert into the wheel.

Paul — Good catch! It looks like he posted two pieces of information, one at the top, and one in the description that answers everything:

“youyouxue Uploaded on Sep 13, 2017
As seen on, there are black lug nut covers and a Tesla logo “cap” that goes into the centre of the wheel when the aero covers are removed.”

Then in response to Logan Simmons he says this:

“youyouxue 4 hours ago
Centre cap is on the aero cap (watch video again), you take it off and stick it into the centre of the alloy rim. Lug nut/bolt covers come with the car, and can be seen at the link in the description.”

What’s the range damage with the covers removed?

A current Tesla exec and “3” owner said the covers have a 10% range effect.

So potentially than 220 range shrinks to 200 without the covers!

“A current Tesla exec and “3” owner said the covers have a 10% range effect.

“So potentially than 220 range shrinks to 200 without the covers!”

That was a 2nd party paraphrase of the actual claim, quite possibly out of context. As others have pointed out, the actual claim might have been only that the wheels themselves have a 10% improvement in decreased drag.

We don’t have any idea what the actual range hit would be for removing the aero hubcaps.

This controversy will give Bjorn something to make a video about.

Well, if you lose them, I am sure they will be easily “replaceable” on the grey market…

Yes, and if you’re lucky you might even be able to buy the exact ones you “lost”

Exactly! It will be very valuable trophy for teenagers :-/

Good start for a removable hypermiling kit

I would keep the hub caps, because I like to park by brail to get as close as I can to the curb. I was nervous at the thought of having a car with alloy rims.

If customers universally (or majority) remove this it makes a mockery of the EPA rating. In that case the rating should be done with them removed.

I’m not saying every person shouldn’t have the choice to remove them or not. But if the idea of the ratings is to give a person an idea what to expect then rating the car in a way it is rarely used doesn’t make sense.

Look at it this way: if you make a V8 engine that only runs on 2 cylinders as delivered from the factory and then you turn a key to turn on all 8, you could game EPA and CAFE ratings. Every car would get 100mpg as delivered and the ratings system would be useless.

unlucky said:

“If customers universally (or majority) remove this it makes a mockery of the EPA rating. In that case the rating should be done with them removed.

So… you’re asserting that the EPA should revise its ratings of cars based on what modifications people make to them after they buy them.

WOW! am I glad you aren’t in charge of things at the EPA! (But then, the guy who currently is in charge, is even worse…)

Related story – I have a 2010 Prius and in the first fall that that I was switching to winter tires (I live in Canada!) I realized the car had nice alloy rims under plastic, mostly flat covers. I’ve left them off ever since.

The funny part is that it never even occurred to me that they could affect wind resistance in a meaningful way…

So I will be interested hear the details behind the supposed “10% decrease”. I suspect that it’s a 10% decrease in drag on the wheels themselves; not on the whole car.

Removing hubcaps shouldn’t be too difficult; it needs to be done to rotate the tires, or to repair a flat. I suspect the owner’s manual has directions (or do new cars still have owner’s manuals?

Show me the evidence,never heard of wheel covers that increase 10% efficiency on a car. The alloy wheels look ugly without nice looking black chrome lug nuts and center cap with the tesla symbol on it. Such a nice looking car with a poor thought-out finish.

What does the car look like with out the covers? and is the Tesla loge hub transferable from the cover to the rim?