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Taking Care of Your Tesla: Simplifying the Maintenance Schedule and Cost for Owners

If you own a Tesla you’re an indispensable part of the electric revolution! One question may remain unanswered while you’re focused on the thrilling performance and environmentally beneficial features of your Tesla: how do I maintain and what are the maintenance costs of a Tesla?

Unlike traditional gasoline vehicles, the Tesla maintenance schedule

is significantly streamlined. This blog covers all the information you need to keep your Tesla operating properly for many years to come, from basic maintenance to tire care.

Understanding Your Tesla Maintenance Schedule

The fact that electric vehicles (EVs) require less maintenance is one of their key benefits. Say goodbye to intricate emission system inspections, spark plug replacements, and oil changes. Teslas are specially made to require the least amount of maintenance possible, saving you time at the service station and more time to enjoy the open road. To guarantee your electric vehicle’s lifetime and efficiency, routine maintenance is still essential.

The maintenance suggestions are regularly reviewed and updated by Tesla experts to maximize your Tesla vehicle’s performance, dependability, longevity, and safety. To guarantee that your car performs at its peak, it’s critical to keep up with these upgrades. Always refer to your model’s handbook to get the most recent maintenance guidelines tailored to your Tesla model, as each model’s guide is unique and Tesla Model 3’s maintenance may vary from Model S.

Suggested Maintenance Services from Tesla

Here’s a detailed guide for electric vehicle and Tesla maintenance:

Cabin Air Filter Replacement

The air filter in your Tesla prevents dust, pollen, industrial debris, and other pollutants from getting into the cabin through the vents. The suggested replacement schedules are as follows:

  • Model 3 and Model Y: Replace the cabin air filter every 2 years.
  • Model S and Model X: Replace every 3 years. For vehicles produced between 2012 and 2020, replacement every 2 years is advised.
  • Cybertruck: This model does not include a standard cabin air filter.

High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter

For models equipped with a HEPA filter, Tesla maintenance costs differ. Here is when to replace it:

  • Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y: Replace the HEPA filter and carbon filter every 3 years.
  • Cybertruck: Replace every 2 years, or annually if frequently driven off-road or on dirt roads.

Tire Rotation, Balance, and Wheel Alignment

  • Frequency: Rotate your tires every 6,250 miles, or sooner if the tread depth difference between tires is 2/32 inches or greater.
  • Note: Tire wear can be accelerated by aggressive driving or difficult road conditions, requiring more regular maintenance. Wheel misalignment or imbalance can have an impact on steering parts, tire life, and handling. Refer to the Tesla tire care and tire change guide for keeping your tires in good shape.
    • While Tesla recommends contacting roadside assistance for a flat tire, if you’re comfortable and have the proper equipment, you can manage a Tesla tire change in Toronto at a qualified tire shop with experience servicing electric vehicles.

      Brake Fluid Test

  • Schedule: Every four years, schedule a service with Tesla to check for contaminants in your braking fluid and replace it if needed.
  • Considerations: Let’s discuss applying a bit more force than normal to the brakes on your Tesla. Your braking system may be strained by actions like pulling a trailer, driving fast, especially in hot and muggy conditions, or negotiating steep mountain routes. As a real-world Tesla owner, you should think about the following:
    • Give your brakes some extra TLC: It makes sense to take preventative action if you frequently find yourself in circumstances that call for hard braking.
    • Listen to your ride: When braking, pay attention to any odd noises or sensations. These could be early indicators of future problems.
    • Don’t underestimate the elements: Heat and humidity can cause braking problems. Allow your brakes to cool down before resuming your drive after an unusually taxing one, especially in warm weather. While the system heals, find a cool place to stop and try not to brake too hard too often.

      Air Conditioning Service

  • Model 3 and Model Y: Replace the A/C desiccant bag every 4 years. For Model 3 vehicles produced from 2017 to 2021 without a heat pump, replace every 6 years.
  • Model S and Model X: Replace every 3 years. For vehicles produced from 2012 to 2020, the replacement interval is every 2 years for Model S and every 4 years for Model X.
  • Cybertruck: Replace the A/C desiccant bag every 8 years.

Winter Care

Do you live somewhere with a harsh winter? Here’s a helpful tip to keep your Tesla safe when driving: make sure you winterize those brake callipers! In these areas, experts advise lubricating and cleaning all of the brake callipers once a year, or once the odometer reaches 12,500 miles (20,000 km). This keeps you safe and in control by ensuring that your brakes operate as efficiently as possible during the winter.

Battery Health Check

There’s no specific maintenance task for the Tesla battery itself. However, to maintain the efficiency of your Tesla, checking the battery’s health is crucial. The Tesla system provides notifications regarding battery health, but for a more thorough check, a visit to a professional center. How to check Tesla battery health:

  1. Go to the “Controls” menu on your touchscreen.
  2. Select “Software.”
  3. Tap on “Additional Vehicle Information.”
  4. Look for the “Battery Health” section. This will display the battery’s current health percentage.

Exploring the Maintenance Cost of a Tesla in Canada

Maintaining a Tesla in Canada offers substantial savings over traditional luxury vehicles, both in terms of routine upkeep and unexpected repairs. Here’s a breakdown of what Tesla owners might expect when it comes to the cost of Tesla maintenance and the overall Tesla maintenance cost in Canada.

Cost Efficiency of Tesla Maintenance

When it comes to maintenance and repair expenses, Tesla automobiles have an excellent track record. The average cost of maintenance and repairs over the first ten years of operation is around $5,867. Compared to the premium car industry average, which is around $6,177 greater, this is far lower. Furthermore, compared to the industry average, the probability of requiring major repairs for Tesla vehicles is lower—just 9.82%. This dependability outperforms that of other luxury automakers by 25.27%.

Any service that costs more than $500, including labour and components, is referred to as a “Major Repair”.

Routine Tesla Maintenance Costs

Tesla vehicles benefit from having fewer moving parts than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles, eliminating the need for oil changes, emission checks, or spark plug replacements. Here’s a look at some typical costs for routine maintenance items, based on data gathered from forums and Tesla owners:

  • Tire Rotation: $35 to $100
  • Cabin Air Filter Replacement: $60 to $200
  • Wiper Blade Replacement: $20 to $50
  • Full Service (inspection plus items above): $475+
  • Brake System Flush: $100 to $200
  • Air Conditioning Service: $50

Long-Term Tesla Maintenance Plan Costs

If you adhere to Tesla’s “as-needed” maintenance schedule and use a Tesla service center for all services, the costs over five years, assuming the higher end of service fees, would look something like this:

  • Year 1: Tire rotation at $100
  • Year 2: Full service including air conditioning at $525
  • Year 3: Tire rotation at $100
  • Year 4: Full service including brake system flush at $585
  • Year 5: Tire rotation at $100

Being a Tesla owner means embracing the electric revolution with a vehicle renowned for its thrilling performance and environmentally beneficial features. However, one issue can still remain: how much will it cost, and how do I maintain it? Positively, compared to conventional cars, Teslas require less maintenance, which saves you both money and effort. Your Tesla will work smoothly for many years to come if you adhere to the advice in this article and adopt a simpler maintenance schedule, which will enhance your pleasure in driving an electric vehicle.

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