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    Car lift for the house

    Does anyone have a car lift at their home? I was thinking about getting one for my garage to swap out the 21" for the 19". I will use the 21" for summer and 19's for the winter. I don't want to pay for storage and change over every year. Also if I have a blowout /flat tire I'll be able to make the change at home.

    Was wondering on the cost and brand of lift. It would be a low rise lift - nothing extreme.

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    You'll also need to invest in the tool to reset the Tesla TPMS sensor when you do the switch, unless you live near a service center. Around $500.

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    You don't need a lift for this - just a good jack. See What equipment do people recommend to change tires at home? - Page 2

    Also remember that you'll be lifting less than half the car's weight, so there's a good safety margin on a two ton jack.
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    If you don't already have one, a compressor and pneumatic wrench are really helpful.

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    I've been swapping winter tires on my Infiniti for a couple years. I just drive with the TPMS light on during the winter and make sure to check the pressure manually every now and then. I plan on doing the same with my S, since the nearest service center is so far away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave View Post
    make sure to check the pressure manually every now and then.
    That has worked for me for as long as I've been driving. (Never had a car with a TPMS--seems redundant because the energy usage shown on the screen is a great indication that your tires are getting low. It takes only a couple of psi down to show up in the energy use once you are familiar with the usage pattern of your car.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_G View Post
    You don't need a lift for this - just a good jack. See What equipment do people recommend to change tires at home? - Page 2

    Also remember that you'll be lifting less than half the car's weight, so there's a good safety margin on a two ton jack.
    I'm sure you're right about 2T being enough but the Rangers have been told by engineering that the jack should be 3.5T or above (that's what they told me at least when I asked what kind of jack I needed for the Model S).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsm363 View Post
    I'm sure you're right about 2T being enough but the Rangers have been told by engineering that the jack should be 3.5T or above (that's what they told me at least when I asked what kind of jack I needed for the Model S).
    My guess here is that the engineers are assuming folks will purchase the cheapest possible jack and get one with questionable quality. While I don't expect anyone on this forum to do cheap-out when purchasing a jack, I expect other folks to do just that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry33 View Post
    My guess here is that the engineers are assuming folks will purchase the cheapest possible jack and get one with questionable quality. While I don't expect anyone on this forum to do cheap-out when purchasing a jack, I expect other folks to do just that.
    I bet you are right. I think the Rangers are required to use a jack at 3.5T though too so maybe that's just being extra cautious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsm363 View Post
    I bet you are right. I think the Rangers are required to use a jack at 3.5T though too so maybe that's just being extra cautious.
    You can't be too careful when considering employee safety. They are doing this many times a day so the opportunity for injury is higher.
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