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Owner Maintence/Diagnostics


Jun 24, 2015
Camarillo, CA
Hey All,
As a Model X reservist (18 k ish), I was wondering how much if any maintenance issues can be handled by owners who have worked on their previous ICE vehicles. The recent issues of reliability and a lack of convenient service centers has given me some pause. Do Tesla's lend themselves to owner maintenance? For instance, are there any useful diagnostic tools available in the aftermarket? Are there any maintenance manuals available? Is there a bevy of specialized tools required to fix a wheel bearing? I'm thinking post warranty period for the most part. I would think some higher mileage S owners would have some useful input. Thanks


Moderator - Model S & X forums
Mar 29, 2009
Nixa, Missouri, United States
Almost nothing...you might be able to do the brakes if and when they ever need replacement (likely never unless you race). You can do wiper fluid....and blades. That's probably about it.


Mar 19, 2013
Hillsboro, OR
Fortunately there just isn't much routine maintenance either. I personally have done: wiper blades, wiper fluid, tire rotation, and cabin air filter. Brake fluid flush should be possible on my own too when it's time. Fortunately with regen, the fluid is not put through much demand or frequent heavy use. About the only maintenance item I would like to do, but probably won't is the coolant system flush. If somebody figures a way to do it without going into some locked out service mode on the car, then I may do it myself. Otherwise I'll probably be stuck with going to Tesla service.

When it comes to repairs, Tesla has service manuals but restrict them to those in MA state only due to their state laws that require it. A lot of non-Tesla specific stuff (suspension comes to mind) should in theory be no different then any other car. Since there are so few cars now off warranty, it's hard to say how well other shops will eventually be able to repair the cars. If you are concerned about off-warranty repairs, an extended warranty may be in your best interest.

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