Tesla Model 3 Gets Jacked Up



If you ever need to jack up your Tesla Model 3, well, there’s no app for that. There is, though, an instructional video (above) which will help you get the job done without inflicting any injury on your ride. Like so much these days, the procedure is not as simple as it was with older vehicles, and so care must be taken to avoid an expensive mistake.

The video, from the TeslaExposed YouTube channel, starts by laying out all the gear you’ll need to lift up your mid-sized Tesla and remove or replace a tire.  We’re shown a torque wrench which allows us to tighten a lug nut with a specific amount of pressure — 129 pound-feet in this case. That’s followed by a jack pad adapter, one end of which slides into a jack point in the chassis and provides a buffer between the car and the jack. Speaking of jacks, you’ll need one of those too. The channel host uses a 3-ton low-profile floor jack but says that a 1-1/2 ton lifter will work as well.

If your Model 3 has lug nut covers, you’ll need a lug nut cover remover. Then, you’ll need a lugnut breaker. The example shown appears to be a foldable 4-way wrench, which can be used to do the entire task of spinning off the lug nuts from their studs. Note: although the proper size is stated as 3/16th in the video, the item shown is a 13/16th. This isn’t actually the correct size, which is 21 mm.

Finally, you’ll need a socket for your torque wrench. Again, 21 mm is the correct size, though a 13/16th might do in a pinch.

Video description:

SAFETY FIRST! Always use the right tools to jack up your Tesla, you do not want to be cheap and not use a jack pad to risk damaging your battery if jack slip, etc. or scratching up the jackpoint hole exposing metal to rust! Remember to keep vehicle on flat and even surface and have handbrake on before jacking up any Model 3 AWD or RWD. Models with air suspension will required vehicle to be raised to very high and jack mode on before attempting to jack up your vehicle or risk major damage and injury/death. Be safe!


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I am left with a correction and a question & a comment. Correction: The narrator stated it is important to loosen the nuts in a criss-cross pattern when removing the wheel. Actually, the criss cross is important for preventing any binding while attaching the wheel. Note the initial loosening while the car is on the ground has released the tension in removing the nuts. Question: He states the jack needs a dish larger than the adapter pad. is the assumption that tire changes will be made only in a well equipped garage? I have changed many flat tires on the roadside in the middle of nowhere. Typically I have a scissors jack or very small hydraulic jack. When I travel across a desert in my car with Slime and a compressor, I always take one of the snow tires with me. If I were to get a blow-out I can mount the snow tire and drive to town. Comment: The old Citroen’s had variable height. Instead of jacking it up to change a tire, the owner raised the car as high as it would go. The car came with a jackstand instead of a jack. After placing the stand under… Read more »

Your correction is totally valid. The criss-cross pattern — also known as the star pattern — really only comes into play when putting bolts on.

I feel you with the question. Perhaps Model 3 owners should at least carry one of those jack pad adaptors with them. If it were me and I only had a scissor jack, I might just stick a piece of wood over the car’s jack point to serve as a buffer between jack and car.

Regarding the comment, yup, it’s a nifty trick. Maybe when the Model 3 gets an air suspension option next year…

Please wear closed toe shoes when working on your car.