Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Driving in Low Temperatures

Tire performance is reduced in low ambient temperatures, resulting in reduced grip and an increased susceptibility to damage from impacts. Performance tires (summer applications) have reduced traction in ambient temperatures below 40º F (5º C), and are not recommended in snow/ice conditions. Performance tires can temporarily harden when cold, causing you to hear rotational noise for the first few miles (kilometers) until the tires warm up.

Using Tire Chains

Tesla has tested and approved the following tire chains to increase traction in snowy conditions. Tire chains should only be installed on the rear tires. The approved tire chains can be purchased from Tesla.

Tire Care and Maintenance

Do not use tire chains on 21" tires.

When installing tire chains, follow the instructions and warnings provided by the tire chain manufacturer. Mount them evenly and as tight as possible.

When using tire chains:

  • Inspect the tire chains for loose fittings and damaged links before each use.
  • Set air suspension (if equipped) to Medium and turn off the Default Ride Height to Low setting (see Air Suspension).
  • Set air suspension to Medium and turn off the Default Ride Height to Low setting.
  • Avoid heavily loading Model S (heavy loads can reduce the clearance between the tires and the body).
  • Do not drive the vehicle without the chains properly installed.
  • Drive slowly. Do not exceed 30 mph (48 km/h).
  • Remove the tire chains as soon as conditions allow.

NOTE: Tire chains are prohibited in some jurisdictions. Check local laws before installing tire chains.

CAUTION: Using non-recommended tire chains, or using tire chains on other sized tires can damage the suspension, body, wheels, and/or brake lines. Damage caused by using non-recommended tire chains, or incorrectly installing tire chains, is not covered by the warranty.

CAUTION: Never deflate your tires to put on tire chains. When re-inflated, the chains might fit too tightly and cause tire damage.

CAUTION: Ensure that the tire chains cannot touch suspension components or brake lines. If you hear the chains making unusual noises that would indicate contact with Model S, stop and investigate immediately.

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