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One Year Service?

dcclappers

Member
Mar 30, 2017
13
0
Dallas, TX
I just passed my one year anniversary but have not had one Year Service performed. What does it entail? How much was the service center bill? Is it absolutely necessary? Only issue I'm experiencing is when I get out of car it has a more pronounced whistling sound while systems are still running.
 

drklain

Active Member
Dec 17, 2016
1,080
1,065
Fairfax, VA/Brussels, BE
At the one year point they perform a drive unit fluid replacement. Other items are minor (inspection, tire wear check, alignment if necessary, key fob battery replacement (take both your fobs in!) and window wiper replacement, but the big one is the drive unit fluid replacement since any initial gear/drive unit metallic debris in the fluid gets removed with the fluid.
 

zwede

2013 P85+
Jan 17, 2014
636
334
Plano, TX
I did the drive unit fluid change myself recently (one year after I got a new DU). There was a lot of metal shimmer in the old fluid as well as a thick layer on the magnetic drain plug. IMO the DU fluid change is essential, and once may not be enough. I will change the fluid again next year.
 

dcclappers

Member
Mar 30, 2017
13
0
Dallas, TX
At the one year point they perform a drive unit fluid replacement. Other items are minor (inspection, tire wear check, alignment if necessary, key fob battery replacement (take both your fobs in!) and window wiper replacement, but the big one is the drive unit fluid replacement since any initial gear/drive unit metallic debris in the fluid gets removed with the fluid.
$ Cost estimate?
 

TexLaw

Member
Jan 29, 2017
484
441
Bellaire, TX
They say it takes a couple of hours, once they get started. If you have a busy SC (and just about all of them are), it may take them a while to get to you.

Get a loaner.
 

Knightro

Member
Apr 11, 2017
41
29
Atlanta, GA
Just booked at Decatur. They confirmed I will be getting a loaner and that it takes more than a couple hours. But, could not guarantee a Tesla loaner. Lame.
 

smilepak

Active Member
May 11, 2015
1,762
546
SoCal, CA
They could never guarantee a loaner. I don't think Lexus did or BMW when that I can recall either. It's a liability thing. What I usually do is book it on a non-busy day and early in the morning when they open. So far, have been getting loaner w/o any issue.

Look at the service schedule. Year 3 service is the most useless one. But it is a small price to pay for checking on things and if needing to be repair, do it under warranty.
 

Bebop

Active Member
Jun 25, 2017
1,193
691
Midwest
I did the drive unit fluid change myself recently (one year after I got a new DU). There was a lot of metal shimmer in the old fluid as well as a thick layer on the magnetic drain plug. IMO the DU fluid change is essential, and once may not be enough. I will change the fluid again next year.

Was it hard to do? I'm interested in possibly doing it myself if it's not that crazy hard.
 

Pinegreen

Member
Oct 12, 2017
170
64
San Jose
They could never guarantee a loaner. I don't think Lexus did or BMW when that I can recall either. It's a liability thing. What I usually do is book it on a non-busy day and early in the morning when they open. So far, have been getting loaner w/o any issue.

Look at the service schedule. Year 3 service is the most useless one. But it is a small price to pay for checking on things and if needing to be repair, do it under warranty.

@smilepak. This might be a stupid question but what is typically a "non-busy" day? Fridays? Or do you just mean book on a day when they have a lot of appointment times available...assuming that they don't have many cars leftover from the following days? I usually try to do the early morning also.
 

zwede

2013 P85+
Jan 17, 2014
636
334
Plano, TX
Was it hard to do? I'm interested in possibly doing it myself if it's not that crazy hard.

It's not hard. Search on youtube for "model s fluid change" and there's a detailed video. He uses a professional fluid pump but I just used a $15 pump from autozone and it worked fine.
 
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Bebop

Active Member
Jun 25, 2017
1,193
691
Midwest
@smilepak. This might be a stupid question but what is typically a "non-busy" day? Fridays? Or do you just mean book on a day when they have a lot of appointment times available...assuming that they don't have many cars leftover from the following days? I usually try to do the early morning also.

Usually like a tuesday-thursday.

Anytime I’ve booked for the weekend I’ve never been able to get a loaner.
 

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