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Car Maintenance

Tesla recommends regular maintenance service to optimize the performance, reliability, durability, safety and resell value of your Tesla.

Unlike gasoline cars, Tesla cars require no traditional oil changes, fuel filters, spark plug replacements or emission checks. As electric cars, even brake pad replacements are rare because regenerative braking returns energy to the battery, significantly reducing wear on brakes.

During maintenance service, our expert Tesla Service Team will take your car through a bumper to bumper, roof to wheel inspection:

  • Vehicle logs and alerts will be pulled and examined.
  • Consumables such as wiper blades, key fob batteries and air filters will be inspected and replaced.
  • Pipes and hoses will be inspected for any fluid leaks, and will be topped-up or replaced as needed.
  • The wheels will be removed and tires will be rotated, if necessary. If new tires are needed, additional charges will apply.
  • Your brakes will be inspected and brake pads can be replaced if necessary, for an additional charge.
  • Multi-point inspections will also be performed on brakes, suspension, lights, charging system, the 12v auxiliary battery, the high voltage system and the thermal system.

Tesla engineers continuously review and optimize maintenance recommendations. Please check your Owner’s Manual for latest recommendations for your Tesla.

Recommended Maintenance Service

Model S

Maintenance service is recommended every 12 months or every 20,000 km driven, whichever comes first. In addition, Tesla recommends tire rotation every six months or every 10,000 km driven.

Below is the recommended maintenance schedule for your first eight years of ownership. After ‘Year 8’, repeat the cycle starting with ‘Year 1’ in the ninth year.

  Year 1
20,000 km
Year 2
40,000 km
Year 3
60,000 km
Year 4
80,000 km
Year 5
100,000 km
Year 6
120,000 km
Year 7
140,000 km
Year 8
160,000 km
Battery coolant replacement       Original       Refresh
A/C desiccant bag replacement   X   X   X   X
Brake fluid replacement   X   X   X   X
Cabin air filter replacement   X   X   X   X
Key fob battery replacement X X X X X X X X
Tire rotation (if needed) X X X X X X X X
Wiper blade set replacement X X X X X X X X
Multi-point inspection X X X X X X X X
  Year 1
20,000 km
Year 2
40,000 km
Year 3
60,000 km
Year 4
80,000 km
Year 5
100,000 km
Year 6
120,000 km
Year 7
140,000 km
Year 8
160,000 km
Battery coolant replacement       Original       Refresh
A/C desiccant bag replacement   X   X   X   X
Brake fluid replacement   X   X   X   X
Cabin air filter replacement   X   X   X   X
Key fob battery replacement X X X X X X X X
Tire rotation (if needed) X X X X X X X X
Wiper blade set replacement X X X X X X X X
Multi-point inspection X X X X X X X X

Please note:
Model S – Original it is recommended to perform Battery Coolant replacement on year 4 and every 8 years afterwards
Model S – Refresh it is recommended to perform Battery Coolant replacement on year 8 and every 8 years afterwards

Model X

Maintenance service is recommended every 12 months or every 20,000 km driven, whichever comes first. In addition, Tesla recommends tire rotation every six months or every 10,000 km driven.

Below is the recommended maintenance schedule for your first eight years of ownership. After ‘Year 8’, repeat the cycle starting with ‘Year 1’ in the ninth year.

  Year 1
20,000 km
Year 2
40,000 km
Year 3
60,000 km
Year 4
80,000 km
Year 5
100,000 km
Year 6
120,000 km
Year 7
140,000 km
Year 8
160,000 km
Battery coolant replacement               X
A/C desiccant bag replacement   X   X   X   X
Brake fluid replacement   X   X   X   X
Cabin air filter replacement   X   X   X   X
Key fob battery replacement X X X X X X X X
Tire rotation (if needed) X X X X X X X X
Wiper blade set replacement X X X X X X X X
Multi-point inspection X X X X X X X X
  Year 1
20,000 km
Year 2
40,000 km
Year 3
60,000 km
Year 4
80,000 km
Year 5
100,000 km
Year 6
120,000 km
Year 7
140,000 km
Year 8
160,000 km
Battery coolant replacement               X
A/C desiccant bag replacement   X   X   X   X
Brake fluid replacement   X   X   X   X
Cabin air filter replacement   X   X   X   X
Key fob battery replacement X X X X X X X X
Tire rotation (if needed) X X X X X X X X
Wiper blade set replacement X X X X X X X X
Multi-point inspection X X X X X X X X

Schedule Maintenance Service

To schedule a maintenance service inspection, go to your Tesla Account and select ‘Schedule a Service.'

To schedule an annual Maintenance Service inspection, contact your nearest Tesla Service Center for an appointment.

Maintenance Plans
We also offer Maintenance Plans to cover maintenance costs for your Model S or Model X.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to perform any regular checks in addition to recommended maintenance?
There are several checks that you can make on a regular basis to ensure your car is performing to the highest standards:

What to look out for daily:

  • The battery’s charge level, displayed on the touchscreen or mobile app
  • The condition and pressure of each tire (see Tire Care and Maintenance section of Owner’s Manual)
  • All exterior lights, horn, turn signals, and wipers and washers
  • The operation of the brakes, including the parking brake
  • The operation of the seat belts (see Seat Belts section of Owner’s Manual)
  • Abnormal fluid deposits underneath the car, which could indicate a leak. It is normal for a small pool of water to form (caused by the air conditioning system’s dehumidifying process).

Less frequent checks:

  • The mileage, to determine if the tires need to be rotated (every 10,000 km)
  • The condition and pressure of each tire (see Tire Care and Maintenance section of Owner’s Manual)
  • The windshield washer fluid level should be topped-up if necessary (see Topping-Up Washer Fluid section of Owner’s Manual)
  • The operation of the air conditioning system (see Climate Controls section of Owner’s Manual)
  • Warning: Contact Tesla immediately if you notice any significant or sudden drop in fluid levels or uneven tire wear

Fluid Replacement Intervals:
Do not change or top up the battery coolant or brake fluid. Tesla service technicians replace fluids at the regularly scheduled service intervals – see above tables. Any damage caused by opening the battery coolant reservoir is excluded from the warranty.

Do I have to take my car to a Tesla Service Center?
Not always. With over-the-air software updates, remote diagnostics, and the support of our Mobile Service technicians, your visits to a Service Center are reduced. If you choose to take your car to a non-Tesla shop for maintenance or repairs, please be aware that coverage under your warranty could be affected if any problems occur.

If I choose not to service my Tesla car, will this void my warranty?
It is highly recommended that you service your Model S or Model X every 12 months or every 20,000 km. If you do not follow this recommendation, your New Vehicle Limited Warranty or Used Vehicle Limited Warranty will not be affected.

How often should I rotate my tires?
We recommend that you take your Tesla car to a Service Center to have the tires rotated every 10,000 km. Tire rotations are included in the maintenance service. Tire rotations performed in between maintenance service inspections are charged separately and can be completed by your local tire shop.

What should I bring with me to my maintenance appointment?
Other than the car itself, you are asked to bring your Universal Mobile Connector (UMC) to your Service visit, as well as your Key Fobs, as they will all be inspected and tested.

If I am a high mileage driver, do I need to bring my car for maintenance more frequently?
Maintenance service inspection intervals are prompted by either time or mileage, whichever comes first. For example, if you drive your Model S 40,000 km in one year, it is recommended that your car is inspected twice; once at 20,000 km and then again at 40,000 km. If you drive 10,000 km in one year, it is recommended to have your car inspected once in that year.

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