See Tesla Ranger Perform On-Site Model 3 Tire Rotation: Video

JAN 18 2019 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 43

Tesla Ranger to the rescue.

One of the benefits of owning a Tesla is that in some instances, Tesla Rangers come to you to perform routine service such as tire rotations on a Model 3, which you can see here.

Now, it may seem like a minor perk, but in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this type of on-site service can save you a lot of time and headache.

And for something as simple as this, why not have the service people come to you? The car then doesn’t take up a stall at the shop that could be utilized for a more major repair.

Admittedly, this is not the most exciting video to watch. It’s just a tire rotation. Not much to see here. But it’s the at-home service that we thought worth sharing.

Video description:

The benefit of owning a Tesla, minimum service visits and less maintenance cost!

This tire rotation is complimentary due to another service request for our other vehicle, but we heard it’s free the first time.

 

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I had my first tire rotation done my mobile service in December at 6500 miles. He came to my work garage and did similar work to this video. The first one is free. Considering how easy it is, I’m doing future ones myself.

Although this frees up a stall back at the shop, it turns a 5 minute job with air tools into a 60-120 minute truck roll. It’s a nice perk for owners, but it’s REALLY expensive for Tesla.

More stall-time is used than just the duration of the job. There’s also the logistics of getting the car into the stall and out of it once the job is done. It’ll likely take more than 5 minutes per car. On the other hand, the ranger has multiple appointments in a day, so they can optimize the path they take so it takes less than 60-120 minutes per car. In fact, the more appointments they have, the shorter the paths will be between them, so it makes sense to delegate as many jobs as possible to the rangers. It’ll still likely take more time than a shop visit, but a truck is a lot cheaper per hour than a stall in the shop.

I have my tires rotated at the local Valvoline Quick shop. It’s a full rotation, not just front to back, and they are done before I’ve even finished filling out the paperwork and paying the bill. Literally takes about 5 minutes and I never even get out of the car.

This seems like a good idea, but it’s not efficient. As the number of Tesla’s grow having cars running around servicing cars is not efficient.

rotating tires is stupid. Why would you do that? They sell tires in pairs of two. There isn’t any sense in doing this.

Yeah right. Vote me down instead of acknowledging that the rotating tire story is just a scam taking customers for a ride. With my main two cars the BMW E87 135i and the Smart EQ rotating tires isn’t even possible because they use different tire dimensions on the fron and rear axle. This is a scam. Stop falling for it.

It’s not a scam fool. The vast majority of passenger vehicles have the same tires on each axle…some rotate front to rear n some do other methods.
“Eject” thinking that your personal antedotal info applies to all other vehicles. Only a fool thinks n reacts that Way

What is the advantage of rotating the tires?

If one is wearing differently than the others there’s a big advantage in life of the tread. Why would they wear differently? 1. Crappy tires. 2. Poorly aligned. 3. Front tires on FWD wear faster because they are the ones powering and taking most of the braking. Obviously you can do as you say (and I have) by purchasing tires in pairs but that has a disadvantage in today’s traction control of being different tread depths depending on front/back. 4. A tire can get slightly damage causing wear differences. 5. Uneven brakes. But you are correct in essence. All of those issues are issues on older vehicles. A ’79 Monte Carlo is not a 2018 Mazda. It’s similar to 3000 mile oil changes. You have to change oil still but just not every 3000 miles. My local Ford dealer (yes still have 15 Fusion Platinum) does free rotations as long as you bought the tires there so I have them rotate at oil changes which is every 10,000 miles–pure synthetic. But this set of tires I’ve gotten 2 oil changes (in excess of 20,000 miles) and they haven’t rotated them because they measure the tread and say they are all… Read more »
Oh forgot one thing that’s also mentioned further down the thread. In that 79 Monte Carlo you might have bias ply tires which get rotated diagonally. In that case there’s a really big advantage because those goofy things wore so unevenly this mattered. Now? Basically it’s front to back which is back to well the only thing that means for advantage is front and back get similar tread but doesn’t really add miles to the life in a meaningful way. But both on my Audi (finally got rid of it!!!) and my Ford I burned through what I thought were quality tires by getting Pirellis, Continentals etc and they all were total crap. Wore horribly unevenly and very soft rubber burned out quick. I think I got 15,000 miles on Pirellis. Now much happier with some long life Goodyears. Rotating isn’t going to harm, but it’s about as effective as adding fuel additive to a modern vehicle or flushing the coolant in a modern vehicle. None of these things wear out anywhere near what use to happen. I haven’t flushed fluid in a vehicle in 25 years. Spark plugs? Nope. Had a Dodge minivan go 250,000 miles on the original… Read more »

All of the maintenance items you listed come down to the car itself, and the conditions it has lived under.

1) Coolant — it depends on the coolant and the materials the engine is made of. All coolant is subject to acidification and to breakdown of additives. Depending on what metals the engine, sensors, and water pump are made of, not changing coolant after it has changed pH and lost lubricity can lead to sensors and pumps being damaged. Coolant breakdown happens more when the engine is run hot.

2) Spark plugs — It depends, is the spark plug platinum or iridium? What is the fuel quality? Do you drive hard from cold starts (tends to cause fouling)? Do you do lots of short trips or idle your car a lot? What are under-hood temps like (high temps can damage the top part of the plug) Etc. Only way to know is to pull the plugs and check their condition.

You could rotate your tires side-to-side. BMW i3’s tend to wear out the right rear tire faster than the left rear tire, so rotating them side-to-side could delay the need to replace the tires. However, if there is no obvious difference in the wear rate, there’s no reason to rotate.

That would reverse the thread.

Staggered tires/wheels represent a tiny, insignificant, meaningless fraction of the overall automotive market. Your niche case is meaningless to the whole rest of the market.

What is the advantage of rotating tires?

Gee, the guy loudy proclaiming that rotating tires “is a scam” is only now asking what the advantage is of rotating tires!!! Maybe ask that FIRST about what you don’t know, before calling it a scam and bashing others.

I’m not sure what you think the scam is that tire companies are pulling when they charge you nothing to come in and have your tires rotated…..

There can be advantages and disadvantages to rotating tires depending on each car’s individual design characteristics, driver’s driving habits, current condition of the vehicle, type of tires, the climate you live in, etc.

But I really don’t think you really want to know the details. If you did, you would have already googled it. If you want to google it and want to come back with specific questions, I’m happy to answer.

It’s usually cheaper per-tire to buy is sets of 4 than in pairs. I don’t know yet what tire wear will be like in my RWD model 3, but in my previous FWD car the tire wear was very noticeably faster on the front, and rotating the tires meant not needing to buy any tires at all before I was ready to junk it.

Avoiding to get new tires because the car is worth less than a new set of tires is a very rare situation.

I turned in my lesser 4 months early partially to avoid having to get new tires

It is less rare than owning a car with staggered wheels/tires.

Tires are rotated to extend the lives of the set of tires. It would be stupid to allow the front tires to wear out prematurely due to excessive wear on the outside edges while sufficient tread remains in the centers, for example, rather than to rotate them to the rears where fast edge wear would not occur. This was certainly true for our former front wheel drive car.

It might be true that the cost of rotating tires is greater than the cost of reduced tire life, but I always rotated the tires myself so there was no actual monetary cost.

It is common for tires that are responsible for steering to wear differently than those responsible for propulsion, so tire rotation can save money.

Do you always buy the exact same tires, or are you happy to have mismatched front and rear tires?

Also, the way the fronts and rears wear is different, so you can get more miles out of a set of tires. If you rotate your tires yourself (as I do), it ends up saving money by extending tire life. I’m not sure how that is “stupid”.

Even if I didn’t care about saving money and/or extending tire life, I’d much prefer to rotate to even out the wear, then replace all four at once with whatever the best tires are at the time. No mismatch this way.

I simply have one axle replaced at a time. Tire manufacturers account for this in their model updates. The model year changes, so what.

How rotating tires is supposed to extend their life is beyond me.

Wow, what an incredibly hot take by eject.

Hey, personally I always have a full size spare, and I do five tire rotations to keep everything similar and safe, but you do you buddy. Hopefully while you aren’t on the same highway I’m on.

I’ll keep rotating the full sized spare and four tires on my Volt. Worked great for the first set for 63 thousand miles. But, hey, I’m just some random guy.

“They sell tires in pairs of two.”

They sell tires one at a time too. That doesn’t mean replacing a single worn out tire with a new tire is a good idea either.

Rasmus Birkegaard Christensen

The only reason you buy tires in pairs of two is because it has to be the same type and brand on each Axel. Rotating them could save you a trip to the shop so that you can switch all four at the same time. Awd teslas wears down the rear tires much faster than the front.

How does it safe time? Surely rotating them is an additional task.
It is totally irrational and I never heard anyone doing it.
The only thing people will do is putting the winter tire with more remaining thread on the rear. This is independent of the driven axle and independent of where the tires were before.

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Tire rotation. . How common is that is the US?

I only learned about this practice on the US EV blogs. It is total nonsense. There is no benefit to it .

Yes, there is a benefit. If properly inflated, tires in the front wear more on the inside and outside tread of the tire while the ones in the rear wear along the center of the tire…swapping tires from front to rear equalize tread wear…yes!, it’s all that simple.

Very common. Lots of tire shops, if you bought tires from them, will do it for free (such as Costco).

It evens out the wear, which on a FWD happens faster on the fronts (based on the Volt I owned) and on a RWD is faster on the rears (based on my RX-8). It’s be interesting to see how even the wear is or isn’t on my AWD Model 3.

Since I’m a bit of a cynical person, I find it quite funny to see an article about how great Tesla service is on here just when there’s a bit of a ruffle in the community about the lack of service lately for quite a few, even for high profile fanboy Teslatubers. Now I’ll downvote myself and be snickering in the corner for a bit.

You do realize that you always rotate radial tires front to rear, only bias ply go cris cross?

I think it’s only front to back and back to front when you have directional tires. When you have non-directional tires you go front to back and crisscross back to front.

That wasn’t Honda’s recommendation for the radial ply tires on our Honda Insight.

It depends on the vehicle. Drivetrain and suspension/steering geometry will determine the best rotation pattern based on each vehicle. Tires is only one of many factors.

I suggest you read your owner’s manual. FWD cars especially need a cross rotation and it has nothing to do with radial or bias ply (who has those anyway?).

I wonder why he lifts the car at the from side, although the RWD has more than 55% weight on the rear axle?

The structure is very rigid so it may not matter that much frankly (imagine lifting a sturdy box on edge from the bottom from just one side — it does not matter where you grab it). I was wondering the same but it makes sense once you think about it.

The emergency brake and the wheel chocks are on the rear wheel, so lifting should be done from the front to avoid the vehicle potentially moving. It isn’t so much about the current weight distribution, as it is about transferring the weight to the 1 wheel that is locked and chocked, which is the rear wheel on the opposite side in this case. So you lift from the opposite corner.

A tire rotation every 1200 miles ? (frame 4:52) I believe he means every 12,000 miles.