Tesla is a brand known for its luxury electric vehicles, with advanced technology that has revolutionized the automobile industry. However, owning a Tesla requires proper maintenance to keep it running smoothly and efficiently.
This article will cover everything you need to know about Tesla maintenance, including regular maintenance tasks, common issues, and how to troubleshoot them.
Tesla car maintenance involves regular servicing and upkeep to ensure optimal performance and longevity of these cutting-edge electric vehicles. With a focus on advanced technology and specialized components, Tesla maintenance combines meticulous attention to detail with the unique requirements of electric vehicle systems.
Regular Maintenance Tasks
Tesla vehicles require regular maintenance, just like any other car. However, you should know a few unique Tesla maintenance aspects. Here are some of the essential maintenance tasks you should perform regularly:
Tesla tires should be rotated every 10,000 miles or sooner if you notice uneven wear. Ensure the tires are inflated to the recommended pressure levels for optimal performance and efficiency.
Tesla brake pads and rotors should be checked every 12 months or 12,500 miles. They may need to be replaced if they are worn out or damaged. Tesla electric motors offer regenerative braking, which helps prolong brake life.
Tesla batteries are designed to last years but still require proper maintenance. Keep the battery charged between 20% and 80% to prevent excessive wear and tear. You should also clean the battery and cooling system as recommended by Tesla.
HVAC System Maintenance
The HVAC system is critical for maintaining a comfortable cabin temperature. Regular maintenance includes replacing the cabin air filter every two years or 25,000 miles.
Common Issues and Troubleshooting
Despite the advanced technology in Tesla electric vehicles, owners may experience some common issues. Here are some of the most common problems and how to troubleshoot them:
Door Handles Not Working
Tesla door handles are known to malfunction, frustrating owners. If this happens, try resetting the handles by pressing and holding the top button until they retract. If that doesn’t work, contact Tesla service for repairs.
If you leave your Tesla parked for an extended period, the battery may drain, reducing its range. To avoid this, enable “Sleep Mode” in the settings to conserve battery power. You can also use the Tesla app to monitor the battery level remotely.
Tesla charging stations may sometimes malfunction, resulting in slow charging or failure to charge. Try resetting the charging cable or using a different charging station to troubleshoot this issue. If the problem persists, contact Tesla service for assistance.
Tesla vehicles require regular software updates to improve performance and fix bugs. However, sometimes these updates may cause issues, such as a frozen touchscreen. If this happens, try restarting the vehicle or contacting the Tesla service for help.
How Did We Obtain Our Cost Estimates For Tesla Maintenance?
The information in this story about Tesla prices came straight from Tesla. We called Peabody’s service center in Massachusetts to find out how much it would cost. When we called Tesla, the person who answered was very honest and open. He didn’t ask for our Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or force us to give him information like our email or phone number. On the other hand, getting dealers of other brands to tell you how much they charge for service is much harder, and they always answer in a very vague way.
We went to online Tesla clubs to see what Tesla owners were saying to make sure the information we got from Tesla was correct and not just a low-ball estimate. The maintenance costs we found were pretty close to what other owners had said in other posts.
Tesla also told us that it no longer sells maintenance plans that are paid for in advance. These are no longer being made, and the Tesla store near us won’t take your money even if you insist on buying one. When you buy a new car from other brands, they try to hard-sell you extra things.
We used the Model Y crossover, which is one of the most popular cars, as an example. Model Y can be broken down into two main types. Tesla calls the combination of performance and base the “Long Range.” They both have the same maintenance schedule, but it’s important to know that the costs of the tires are very different. For more information on how much Tesla tires cost, please see the section below.
Is a Tesla Extended Warranty Available?
Car Talk has a large amount of information about extended warranties in its online library. You could say that we are the best at what we do. During our research, we found that third-party extended warranty companies didn’t cover a lot of hybrid and electric vehicle parts.
Tesla used to sell owners of Model X and Model S cars that didn’t sell very many of them an extended warranty. On the Tesla website, you can find out more. But the Model 3 and Model Y, which are very popular, were not included. Tesla is getting rid of their longer warranties.
Any EV owner’s biggest fear is a problem with the powertrain after the warranty has expired. It’s weird, but the warranty for each Tesla model and trim level is different. The Model Y’s drive unit is covered by a warranty for 8 years or 120,000 miles, whichever comes first. During the warranty period, at least 70% of the battery’s capacity must be kept. That’s a very long time to be covered, and we don’t think you need an extended warranty.
If you like Tesla cars and the unique way the company does business, you should buy one. We think you should compare the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Jaguar I-Pace with the Tesla Model Y, the BMW i4 with the Tesla Model 3 Performance, and the Hyundai Kona EV with the lower-level Model 3 cars. Both BMW and Hyundai offer free maintenance for three years. Jaguar includes maintenance for the first five years.
Tesla maintenance is crucial for keeping your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. Regular maintenance tasks include tire and brake maintenance, battery, and HVAC system maintenance.
Common issues include malfunctioning door handles, battery drainage, charging issues, and software updates. By following the maintenance tips and troubleshooting techniques discussed in this article, you can keep your Tesla in top condition for years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your Tesla vehicle does not require annual maintenance or regular fluid changes. Check your owner’s manual for the latest advice on how to take care of your car.
With over-the-air software updates, remote diagnostics, and the help of our Mobile Service technicians, you don’t have to go to a Service Center as often. If your car does need service, you can use the Tesla app to make an appointment. If you take your Tesla to a shop that isn’t a Tesla store for maintenance or repairs, your warranty coverage could be affected if something goes wrong.
When you sell your car, you can give the remaining time on your Tesla Maintenance Plan to the new owner. Once the change of ownership is done, the plan will go to the new owner. Read the terms and conditions of your Maintenance Plan to find out more.
You can ask to get a refund for the remaining annual service inspection intervals at any time if you want to cancel your Maintenance Plan. Read the terms and conditions of your Maintenance Plan to find out more. Reach out to your local Service Center or send us the Maintenance Plan Cancellation Form to ask for a cancellation. The form needs to be signed with a wet pen. Forms that are signed electronically will not be taken.
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