My wife ran over a nail in our model s. It was a small leak so we were able to drive on the tire. I called the Tesla Service center and was quoted $50 for the repair at the Costa Mesa service center, which was also inconveniently 25 miles away. As a buyer of many sets of tires from Costco, I gave them a try. Their policy is they will not repair any tires not sold by them.
I did a search for Tire Repair in Orange County, CA and found American Tire and Brake in Mission Viejo. The manager I spoke to told me that they repair tires for free, no appointment necessary. I was skeptical. When I arrived at the service center the manager was immediately impressed by the Model S and he and his workers were very accommodating as I talked them through how to operate the car.
Since the car was so new and it was their first time working on the car, they decided not to use their usual lift and jacked up the car manually at the jack point. They even used a block of wood to protect the bottom and spread the load.
The repair was not the typical file and plug. It was a real patch. They took the wheel off the car. Unmounted the tire and patched the tire. As promised there was no charge but I gave a 20 to the two guys for lunch.
If any Tesla owners need tires or a patch for a flat for no charge, give them a call first.
American Tire & Brake
23652 Vía Fabricante
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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