Watch To Find Out What’s Inside A Tesla Tire

JUL 15 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 27

Ever wonder what’s inside a tire? How about a “Tesla” tire?

The family over at What’s Inside recently got a nail in their Tesla Model X tire. Easy fix right? Well, that depends. Not everyone has a Tesla Service Center close by, but that really shouldn’t be an issue. However, you may be surprised.

One would think that a nail in a tire shouldn’t be an issue that requires exclusive Tesla service. Big chains like Belle Tire and Discount Tire, along with any mom and pop shop mechanic should be able to get you back on the road in a short time. Some places will even do this type of repair for free, and if they can’t repair the tire, they can surely replace it. What’s Inside tells us that Discount Tire wouldn’t fix the Model X flat since it has “some sort of proprietary run flat” material.

Hmm … Tesla doesn’t make its own “special” tires and many of today’s cars have run-flat tires. This whole situation doesn’t make much sense except for the fact that we’ve heard on many occasions that several shops have a policy stating that they simply don’t service Tesla vehicles whatsoever. Even though this particular tire could be on a myriad of vehicles, being that it’s on a Tesla, the shop won’t service it.

At any rate, these YouTubers decided to do what they do best. Let’s destroy something to find out exactly what’s inside. Check out the video and then share your Tesla service experience with us in the comment section below. We’re especially interested to learn more about situations in which you needed a repair on your Tesla vehicle and couldn’t visit a Tesla Service Center. Were you able to get it fixed elsewhere?

Video Description via What’s Inside? on YouTube:

We CUT OPEN the Tire of a Tesla Model X and it was ACTUALLY INTERESTING!

Was super surprised to learn about the inside of the Tesla tire and grateful I found a Tire Shop that could help me fix this issue. Hopefully this video helps shops that don’t know how to fix Tesla flats be confident moving forward. Not everyone can get service done at the Tesla Service station.

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27 Comments on "Watch To Find Out What’s Inside A Tesla Tire"

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this is a foam tire …. like this
https://www.michelinman.com/US/en/why-michelin/michelin-acoustic-technology.html

not necessary to destroy tires 😀

Looks like a Pirelli tire.

He destroyed a good tire to satisfy his curiousity?
Some people have too many dollars and not enough sense

He is a youtubber with 5.8M subscribers.

He regularly cuts things open to find out ” What’s Inside?”, which is the name of his channel.

He will destroy things like Mercedes Seats or $1k high tech sneakers with motors and gps units inside.

Yea. My kids watch What’s Inside and What’s Inside Family all the time. I thought it was pretty ridiculous, but it’s truly incredible how many people follow it and watch the videos. When we post his stuff, the traffic is crazy absurd. It’s like the most popular post of the day on a Sunday with content partners and such. It’s obviously not our educated EV comment base that’s thrilled with that type of stuff, but the general populous is all over it. Who woulda known?

+1 Sort of like watching “How it’s Made” episodes in reverse….

Haha, true!

Jared’s cell phone coverage is so good, some manufacturers send him free units and have been known to make design adjustments based on his form-follows-function tests.

Tesla uses ordinary tires, repairable in ordinary ways. Part of the problem is the protocol for putting their air suspension on a lift. If you don’t activate the correct mode before hand, the car makes you think you broke it by subsequently hunting to regain its proper height.

Tires nailed a good inch, or more, away from the sidewall are a routine fix. The plug/patch fix requires removal, but is very effective: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31neyUqTtGL._SL500_AC_SS350_.jpg

“Part of the problem is the protocol for putting their air suspension on a lift. If you don’t activate the correct mode before hand, the car makes you think you broke it by subsequently hunting to regain its proper height.”

Thanks! I was guessing the reason that some shops refuse to service a Tesla car had to do with special requirements for (and possible damage from) putting it on a lift; thanks for confirming that.

My Cayenne was the same, before jacking it up you had to put the suspension in a service mode. It’s not that hard, it’s in the manual, it amounted to holding a button for 10 seconds or something. Anything with air suspension is the same.

It wasn’t a good tire. It had a nail puncture but was still holding air.

I went through the same thing recently with my Model X and while you could add air to it daily and keep running, it was annoying to wake up to a tire pressure low warning every morning. As with this video, the tire shop wouldn’t repair it so I ended up buying new tires from Tesla. It would have been nice to find someone willing to patch it though as the tires had at least 10,000 miles of life left otherwise.

I have had my Tesla “tires” serviced at discount tire and despite the sound deadening foam insert, they’re more than competent and it should pose no problem. In fact Tesla service centers would rather not do tire repair/replacement. It’s not high on their priority list.

This shouldn’t be just Tesla, it should be every car using this brand.
And that’s scary, that the industry doesn’t get educated about handling this SIMPLE change to tire design.

I just had a nightmare experience with this very problem on a Model X. No one in Santa Cruz wanted to touch it when they saw it was a “silent” tire. Sat at the 4th place for two hours when they looked at it finally and said, “Oh, it has a nail in the interior sidewall.” I was livid. Next day I drove it to America’s Tire in San Jose and replaced the idiotic and ridiculously expensive ContiSilents with Pirelli Scorpion Verde A/S Plus tires. They are just as quiet to my ear, better looking, and half the price. Plus the foam in the Continentals make them that much harder to recycle. Stupid decision on Tesla’s part.

it is still a concern that any car does not carry a spare wheel.

Tesla S 21 inch rims are notorious for cracking. Here in SF I have seen several tow trucks with 2 Tesla S wheels tied on the back next to the cab. Funny they only bother to carry that one make and model wheel.
I would be less openly critical of a famous inovative American company except Tesla is inventing new ways to take advantage of factory workers and I dont approve.

You’re suggesting 21’s fail so often, that even tow trucks carry spares?

You might have had me, at “take advantage of factory workers”.

“Notorious”? FUD much, dude?

This is the first I’ve seen of that claim, so if it’s a fault, it’s a well hidden one!

So he could have just taken the tire off the wheel to see what was inside?

They are not that smart and they cater for an even dumber audience. In the last thing they posted here they destroyed a Tesla key for no reason. They could have just opened it in the intended way.

I’m part of their audience. bioburner, sorry if this comes off like a know-it-all, but:
-taking a tire off a wheel without a tire machine is quite difficult, and they probably didn’t have a spare tire or machine.
-cutting the tire shows “what’s inside” the tire, itself. Its belts, steel and fabric, and where they extend to up the sidewall.

I want this tire feature on the BMW i3.
Bridgestone?

ContiSilent, Michelin Accoustic
All the major brands offer this type of tyre. Depending on where you live getting the i3 dimensions might be hard/expensive.

i3 tread is both narrower (155 vs. 245) and more isolated, or further, from the rim. The foam might not do as much.

Maybe the Bridgestones are louder than Michelins? Tirerack stats?

Wtf you should call it what’s inside a Pirelli tire. Tesla like most automobile manufacturers don’t make their own tires and why would the ‘Tesla’ tire be so special it’s just like any other tire. WOW

“Was super surprised…”

Did a 12 year old valley girl write this?