Tesla Tires Just Got Smart : A New Software Update Gives Your Tesla Intelligence On Your Tire Wear & Tear Tesla owners who have the 2021.44.5 software updated on their vehicles report that their vehicles can now detect tire wear and tread depth and alert the owner when it is time to replace them.
Owners will see an alert such as “Uneven tire wear – Rear tire tread depth too low. Schedule service for tire inspection and rotation.”
Generally for Tesla tires upkeep has been based on a visual sight detection of the owner. When your tire treads have worn down to 4/32” (3 mm), as a result indicators will appear at the surface of the tire tread pattern. Essentially producing the effect of a continuous band of rubber across the width of the tire.
Moreover, for optimal performance and safety of your vehicles, Tesla recommends that their owners replace their tires before the wear indicators are actually visible.
In addition, Tesla’s computers control the vehicle’s torque to prevent too much tire slippage when you are driving fast. This is one of the reasons for Tesla’s zero to 60 acceleration performance and helps to preserve the life of the tires. Also a squealing tire is highly inefficient for traction.
This new software update will also detect if your tires are wearing unevenly.
The likely engineering path for this software is based on tire rotations. When a tire loses its tread, it becomes smaller and as a result. As a result, it starts rotating faster compared to when it was new. Tesla is likely measuring how many times the wheel is rotating and compares the value to a preset value.
We have no idea if this software update is available in all models.