Maintenance Service Intervals
Your vehicle should generally be serviced on an as-needed basis. However, Tesla recommends the following maintenance items and intervals, as applicable to your vehicle, to ensure continued reliability and efficiency of your Model Y.
For more do-it-yourself maintenance procedures and information, see https://www.tesla.com/support/do-it-yourself-guides.
For more information on vehicle alerts, see Troubleshooting Alerts.
- Brake fluid health check every 2 years (replace if necessary) or, if the vehicle is used for towing, replace the brake fluid every 2 years.
- A/C desiccant bag replacement every 4 years.
- Cabin air filter replacement every 2 years (or 3 years for HEPA and carbon filters, if equipped).
- HEPA filter replacement every 3 years
- Clean and lubricate brake calipers every year or 12,500 miles (20,000 km) if in an area where roads are salted during winter
- Rotate tires every 6,250 miles (10,000 km) or if tread depth difference is 2/32 in (1.5 mm) or greater, whichever comes first
Scheduling a service visit through the mobile app is easy. After touching Schedule Service, select the type of service needed and follow the directions in the mobile app. Provide as much detail as possible, such as:
- Photos, sound recordings, or videos.
- Date(s), time(s), and time zone when the issue occurred.
- Country of use and location.
- Approximate speed the vehicle was traveling (if applicable).
- Environmental conditions (rain, snow, cold, etc.).
- Road name and type of road (if applicable).
- Quality of lane markings (if applicable).
- Applicable vehicle settings.
- Identifiable symptoms.
Visit https://www.tesla.com/support/service-visits for more information on scheduling service.
- Check the Battery’s charge level, displayed on the touchscreen or mobile app.
- Check the condition and pressure of each tire (see Tire Care and Maintenance).
- Check that all exterior lights, horn, turn signals, and wipers and washers are working.
- Check for any unexpected indicator lights or vehicle alerts on the touchscreen.
- Check the operation of the brakes, including the parking brake.
- Check the operation of the seat belts (see Seat Belts).
- Look for abnormal fluid deposits underneath Model Y that might indicate a leak. It is normal for a small pool of water to form (caused by the air conditioning system’s dehumidifying process).
- Look around the exterior of Model Y and immediately remove any corrosive substances (such as bird droppings, tree resin, tar spots, dead insects, industrial fallout, etc.) to prevent damage to the paint (see Cleaning).
- Check windshield washer fluid level and top up if necessary (see Topping Up Windshield Washer Fluid).
- Check that the air conditioning system is operating correctly (see Operating Climate Controls).
Fluid Replacement Intervals
Battery coolant and brake fluid levels should only be checked by Tesla or a professional automotive repair shop. Specific service information is available in the Service Manual.
- Battery coolant: Your Battery coolant does not need to be replaced for the life of your vehicle under most circumstances. NoteAny damage caused by opening the Battery coolant reservoir is excluded from the warranty.
- Brake fluid: Do not top up your brake fluid.
Updating software is important to ensure proper operation and longevity of your vehicle's components. You must install a software update at the earliest opportunity. See Software Updates.
Tesla may update or reinstall your vehicle's software as part of the normal diagnostic, repair, and maintenance process within Service.
High Voltage Safety
Your Model Y has been designed and built with safety as a priority. However, be aware of these precautions to protect yourself from the risk of injury inherent in all high-voltage systems:
- Read and follow all instructions provided on the labels that are attached to Model Y. These labels are there for your safety.
- The high voltage system has no user-serviceable parts. Do not disassemble, remove or replace high voltage components, cables or connectors. High voltage cables are colored orange for easy identification.
- If a collision occurs, do not touch any high voltage wiring, connectors, or components connected to the wiring.
- In the unlikely event that a fire occurs, immediately contact your local fire emergency responders.
Replacing the Low Voltage Lead-Acid Battery
Perform the following procedure to replace the lead-acid low voltage battery. Wear appropriate personal protection equipment (such as safety glasses, leather gloves when handling the lead-acid battery, etc.).
- Prepare the vehicle to remove the low
voltage lead-acid battery:
- Ensure the vehicle is in Park.
- Lower all windows.
- Open the front trunk.
- Leave a door propped open so you can get back into the vehicle if needed.
- Disconnect the charge cable from the charge port.
- In the front trunk, remove the vehicle’s underhood apron by inserting a small, non-marring flat tool or your fingers underneath the panel. Pull up to loosen the clips and set the underhood apron aside.
- If equipped, remove the HEPA filter:
- Using a 10mm socket, remove the bolt that attaches the washer fluid reservoir neck to the underhood storage unit.
- Remove the washer tank neck from the
vehicle. If the windshield washer reservoir is full, some washer fluid may leak
out.NoteYou do not need to remove the hose from the neck.
- With a 10mm socket, remove the bolts (x2) that attach the HEPA filter assembly to the vehicle.
- Remove the HEPA filter assembly from the vehicle by tilting the rear edge of the filter assembly up past the brake fluid reservoir. Lift the filter assembly out of the vehicle, taking care not to bump into or damage other components.
- Power off the vehicle by navigating to on the touchscreen.
- Disconnect the first responder loop by sliding the red locking tab toward you and pressing the black tab.
- With a 10mm socket, loosen the nut that secures the negative (-) terminal clamp to the negative (-) post on the lead-acid battery. Release the terminal clamp from the negative (-) post.
- With a 10mm socket, release the terminal
cover and loosen the nut that secures the positive (+) terminal clamp to the positive (+)
post on the lead-acid battery. Release the terminal clamp from the positive (+) post and
cover the terminal clamp with a dry rag.CAUTIONDo not allow the positive (+) terminal clamp to contact nearby components like the lead-acid battery hold down bracket or A/C cooling lines.
- Unplug the vent tube hose from the negative (-) terminal side of the lead-acid battery.
- Loosen the nut on the battery hold down on the top of the lead-acid battery with a 10mm socket. To release the battery hold down, unhook and slide the strap back. If needed, tilt the battery hold down backward so it does not slip into the vehicle.
- Using the battery handle, carefully remove
the lead-acid battery, taking care not to touch or damage the surrounding components. WarningWhen lifting out the lead-acid battery, stand in front of the vehicle and use proper lifting technique. The lead-acid battery weighs approximately 25 lb (12 kg). Failure to do so may cause serious injury.
- Inspect the new lead-acid battery to ensure
it has a red plug in the casing on the positive (+) terminal side. If the new lead-acid
battery does not have a red plug, use a small trim tool to transfer the red plug from the
old battery to the new one.CAUTIONDispose of the old lead-acid battery according to local laws, such as dropping it off at a battery recycling facility. Keep the lead-acid battery upright and place it on a towel or piece of cardboard when transporting it.
- Carefully maneuver the new lead-acid battery into place, taking care not to touch or damage nearby components.
- Install the lead-acid battery hold down and use a 10mm socket to tighten the nut that secures it to the 12V battery. Torque the nut to 6 Nm (4.4 ft-lb).
- Reconnect the first responder loop.
- Remove the protective caps from the positive (+) and negative (-) posts on the new low voltage lead-acid battery.
- Connect the positive (+) terminal by positioning the clamp over the positive (+) post. Using a 10mm socket, torque the nut to 6 Nm (4.4 ft-lb).
- Install the positive (+) terminal cover.
- Connect the negative (-) terminal by positioning the clamp over the negative (-) post. Using a 10mm socket, torque the nut to 6 Nm (4.4 ft-lb).
- Connect the vent tube hose into the negative (-) terminal side of the lead-acid battery.
- Open one of the vehicle’s doors to ensure power has been correctly restored and the touchscreen turns on (this may take several minutes).
- If equipped, install the HEPA filter:
- Carefully maneuver the HEPA fitler assembly into place, taking care not to touch or daramage other components.
- With a 10mm socket, tighten the bolts (x2) and torque them to 5 Nm (3.7 ft-lb).
- Ensure the O-ring on the washer tank neck is fully seated, then install the washer tank neck by inserting it into the washer tank.
- Route the hose so that it is secured by the tab.
- Use a 10mm socket to install the bolt that attaches the washer fluid reservoir neck to the underhood storage unit. Torque the bolt to 5 Nm (3.7 ft-lb).
- Replace the underhood apron by aligning the clips into their openings in the front trunk. Press down to lock them in place. The clips make an audible clicking sound when secured.
- Close the front trunk. If an alert to replace the low-voltage battery was previously shown on the touchscreen, ensure the alert no longer appears.