How Often Do Teslas Need Maintenance?
Jul 20,2022 | Chloe Lacour
Tesla makes all-electric cars, which means they don't need standard maintenance like oil changes, replacing fuel filters, or replacing spark plugs. But like any car, Tesla needs proper maintenance to keep it running smoothly. So how often do Teslas need to be serviced?
Tesla hasn't set a specific timeframe for maintenance. Instead, Tesla recommends servicing the car as needed. As a result, the time and cost of servicing your vehicle can vary from year to year. Regardless, some maintenance needs to be performed frequently, including:
Tire Rotation, Balancing, and Wheel Alignment – Tesla advises customers to change their automobile tires every 6,250 miles or when the tread depth is 2/32 or more. In addition to rotating the tires, the wheels should also be balanced and aligned.
Cabin Filter – The cabin filter also needs to be changed frequently as it prevents dust, pollen, and other particles from entering the air vents. However, the recommended change intervals vary from the Tesla model to the Tesla model. With the Tesla Model 3 and Y, it should be changed every 2 years, with the Model S and X every 3 years.
Brake Fluid Test – Tesla advises customers to test brake fluid every 2 years and change if necessary.
HEPA (High-Efficiency Particle Air) filter – if your Tesla model is equipped with a HEPA filter, you should replace it every 2 years.
Air Conditioning Service - This service includes changing the air conditioning desiccant bag to ensure exceptional efficiency and longevity of your vehicle's air conditioning system.
However, it should be changed at different times for the different Tesla models. It should be replaced after 6 years on the Model 3, after 4 years on the Model Y, and after 3 years on the Model S and X.
Winter care - this applies to people in cold regions. Be sure to clean and lubricate all calipers every 12 months or 12,500 miles.
In the past, Tesla required its customers to have their vehicles serviced annually. However, that all changed after Tesla reviewed data across its entire vehicle fleet. The company found that, unlike traditional internal combustion engines, its vehicles could last for extended periods of time without regular maintenance.
This is one of the main reasons Tesla is cheaper to maintain than traditional gas-powered vehicles. So as long as you make sure the maintenance recommended above is done, your Tesla should be running well and efficiently.
Plus, drivers don't have to go to the service center for an inspection because the Tesla owner app keeps track of the various deadlines for these parts and drivers know when to schedule a service.
What is the cost of standard Tesla maintenance?
Because Tesla is all-electric, there are few moving parts to worry about that won't break easily. Therefore, the cost of maintaining your Tesla for the first few years is very low, and the car will not break down anytime soon. Also, as mentioned earlier, you don't have to worry about the usual maintenance.
However, there are some common maintenance tasks that you need to have done annually. This includes changing the tires, replacing the cabin filter, and the wiper blades, and flushing the brake system. However, it is important that you know how much you will have to spend on this yearly maintenance. The cost of maintaining these parts includes:
- Tire change - $35 to $100
- Cabin Air Filter - $60 to $200
- Wiper Blades - $20 to $50
- Flushing the brake system - $100 to 110
Note: Prices vary as they depend on the specific Tesla model. For example, the cost of changing a tire on a Tesla Model 3 is cheaper than on a Tesla Model S.
What does the Tesla factory warranty cover?
When buying a new Tesla, it's important to know what the warranty covers and what it doesn't cover. Most new Tesla owners think the 8-year warranty covers everything, but that's not the case. The Tesla Model S and X 8-year or 150,000-mile warranty and the Tesla Model 3 and Y 8-year or 100,000-mile warranty only cover the battery and power unit.
Like most internal combustion engines, Tesla offers a 4-year/50,000-mile limited vehicle warranty. However, there is also a 5-year or 60,000-mile warranty for the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) and 12 years or unlimited miles for the body.
What is the Tesla Extended Service Agreement?
To make it easier for customers to cover costly repairs, Tesla also offers an extended service agreement. However, this agreement only applies to the Tesla Model S and X. However, Tesla Model 3 and Y owners may consider an aftermarket warranty from a private provider.
Tesla Model S and X owners can get two or four years of additional protection through the extended service contract program. However, it is important to note that this coverage does not include a battery and drive unit.
Do I absolutely have to take my Tesla to a Tesla Service Center?
No, you can take your vehicle to a non-Tesla service center, but in the event of a problem, coverage under your Tesla warranty could be impacted. Tesla also offers over-the-air software updates, remote diagnostics, and support through Tesla mobile maintenance services.
What is the Tesla Mobile Maintenance Unit?
Since Tesla has only a few service centers, the company offers mobile maintenance, where the employees come directly to you. However, the Tesla Mobile Service Unit can only help you change your tires or replace your filters. All you have to do is book the Services through the Tesla App.
Unlike ICE cars, Tesla no longer has scheduled maintenance. In the past, Tesla required all of its cars to be serviced annually, but that's no longer the case after the company discovered its cars are more durable and don't need regular maintenance.
However, Tesla recommends having certain parts serviced after a certain mileage. For example, a full inspection should be performed every year, while tires should be changed and wheels balanced at 6250 miles. The cabin filter and the flushing of the brake system, on the other hand, should be replaced every 2 years.