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Tesla Maintenance Tips to Achieve Perfection While Driving

Does a Tesla need maintenance? Just like any other vehicle, Teslas aren’t resistant to damage that comes with a lack of proper care and maintenance. For that reason, we’ve compiled the common Tesla maintenance problems, concerns, or questions that you may have in mind and their corresponding solutions so that you can get the most out of your Tesla.

What Type of Maintenance Does a Tesla Need?

Electric vehicles certainly differ from gasoline-based vehicles, but there are elements of maintenance that remain the same for both. Tires are the main one! There aren’t any special tires that a Tesla requires, therefore, you must expect all of the common tire maintenance protocols as with all other vehicles. It is recommended that you get your wheel aligned and tires rotated every now and then for optimal performance, along with standard flat-tire repair whenever necessary, and seasonal tire changeover if you don’t have all-season tires. How long do tires last on a Tesla before they need to be replaced? It largely depends on your care and driving habits. If you rotate your tires every 5,000 miles and get your wheel aligned annually, then your tires will serve you longer. Where can you get your Tesla tires rotated or serviced in general? This is the tough part. While Tesla tires do not ultimately differ from other tires, most automotive service providers will simply refuse to service Teslas if they do not offer other dedicated services for electric vehicles. Don’t worry though, as more and more service providers are beginning to offer services for Teslas, even mobile auto repair service that will come to you to service your Tesla in times of need.

Next, you’ll need to pay attention to the maintenance of some inner workings of the car. Teslas and other electric vehicles don’t have a need for motor oil, transmission fluid, or antifreeze changes but there still are a few other elements that require your attention. Brake fluid is a primary fluid that you need to pay attention to on your Tesla since it should be checked for contamination at least every two years. Additionally, you may need additional maintenance such as HEPA filter replacement, caliper lubrication, air conditioning servicing, and others.

How Often Does Your Tesla Need Maintenance

It’s best to do frequent checkups to make sure everything is running smoothly with your vehicle, but realistically, most Tesla maintenance will be necessary to carry out once a year or later. For example, it’s recommended that you lubricate your calipers every 12 months or so, but a HEPA filter replacement is something that you may be required to do every three years. Air conditioning services are another form of maintenance that you’ll need to carry out once every 2 years or so depending on which model of Tesla you have. Refer to your owner’s manual for exact information regarding your model if you have any doubts.

How Much Does Tesla Maintenance Cost

Are Teslas expensive to maintain? Since Teslas and electric vehicles are relatively new in the market, there isn’t much-fixed data across a time span of several years or decades to go off of. However, as long as Teslas have been around, owners have recorded not more than $300-500 of maintenance annually with the typical average being around $350. This is significantly less than general car maintenance expenses which can be anywhere from $500-$1000 annually depending on what elements of the car are serviced. As for the specifics of maintenance costs, here is a breakdown of average maintenance prices you can expect in the market:

                      • Cabin air filter replacement — $60 to $200
                      • Tire rotation — $35 to $100
                      • Brake system flush — $100 to $110
                      • Air conditioning service — $50

We hope this helps break down everything you need to know about proper Tesla maintenance and care, as well as a detailed look at what you can expect if you’re still debating whether or not to consider opting for a Tesla.

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