Tesla maintenance is unlike maintenance for any other car. As an electric vehicle, there are some obvious benefits that will come with leaving combustible engines behind. Less moving parts and repair costs will be a huge relief, but you will still need to learn some things about how electric vehicles work to avoid headaches in the future. This blog will break down everything you need to know about Tesla maintenance, including when to get repairs, how much they will cost, and how to properly charge and handle an electric vehicle.
Tesla Maintenance And Repairs
Maintaining and repairing your Tesla will be much easier than you’re used to with other cars. Since electric vehicles have far fewer parts than traditional cars, you will not have to spend ridiculous amounts on repairs and go on wild goose chases for parts. Ultimately, there is only some general maintenance that needs to be done.
Using the Tesla app, you can keep up with known problem areas, such as:
The cabin air filter
Brake fluid levels
Tire rotation and wheel alignment
How to Charge Your Tesla Battery Safely
There are many precautions you must take with your Tesla’s battery to keep your electric vehicle running smoothly.
First, you should not fully charge your battery past 90%, unless you plan to drive immediately. You should mostly charge in small intervals on a smaller charger, only using a supercharger in emergencies. It is also recommended that you set regenerative braking to “Standard” to save energy spent on braking. Once your battery goes below a 20-30% battery charge, you shouldn’t keep it on for long periods. Just running the computer while it is on can drain 1% of the battery in a short amount of time.
You should also avoid keeping your car in low temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. In cold settings, leave it plugged in to give it some warmth. At the same time, high temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit can cause what’s known as a “Vampire Drain,” stealing 2-3% of your battery charge per day just trying to keep the battery cool. Always avoid parking in direct sunlight for long periods because of this. To maintain maximum capacity over time, you should also balance your battery every 3 months, meaning you go above the 90 percent threshold once to give it a 100% full charge.