How to maintain and care for your Tesla Model 3 - With Checklist! – Tesla Maison

It's not hard to see why the Tesla Model 3 is a leading contender in the global automotive market. This is because it's the most affordable Tesla and will never require gasoline. Tesla has a unique way of creating cars. They create safety-oriented vehicles with advanced autopilots that drive your car in part. Maintenance on this hybrid vehicle will be different than the maintenance of a standard car.

How do you maintain and care for the Tesla Model 3? The interior and exterior of the Tesla Model 3 can be maintained in many ways. We will go over the basic servicing, daily and monthly maintenance as well as a schedule to make scheduling easier. You should also be aware of the warranty information and charging capacity tips.

This comprehensive guide is a great resource to use before you invest in a prized vehicle or after you have already purchased one. You're here to get a guide that breaks things down into bite-sized chunks. Owner's manuals are often difficult to understand, which is why you need a guide. This guide will help you understand the needs of your Model 3 and extend the life expectancy of your Tesla Model 3.

Servicing Your Tesla Model 3

In many ways, caring for your Tesla is easier and more straightforward than owning an ordinary car.

Services will vary depending on what equipment you're referring to. When understanding your Tesla's needs, you can follow a standard guideline:

Equipment or Required Maintenance

Maintenance Frequency

Brake Fluid

Every 2 years

Air Conditioning Bag

Every 5 to 7 years

Air Conditioning Coolant Fluid/Anti-Freeze

At the first 50,000 mark and every 30,000 afterward

If you have a HEPA Filter

Every 3 years 

Brake Calipers

Lubricate every year or every 12,000 miles

Rotate Tires 

Every 10,000-12,000 miles or if your tread is wearing thin (1.5mm or greater) 






Even Tesla admits the battery life is unknown but CEO, Elon Musk, claims the battery life should be between, “300k to 500k miles (1500 cycles)” with a replacement only costing $6,000 on average


Standard: 4 year/50,000 mile
Battery/Drive Unit: 8 year/100,000 mile (standard range) 120,000 mile (long range/performance)

Winter Care

Annually or every 12,000 miles, especially for those in colder climates


Checklist for Daily Maintenance

Daily checks will take much more time than rotating tires or changing brake fluid. How you maintain your vehicle daily will be the real meat.

The following steps will be included in your daily Tesla Model 3 check-up:

  • Before you embark on a long journey, check the battery charge and know how much power is available in your vehicle. In the next sections, we will discuss battery life.
  • Make sure your tires are inflated to the proper pressure and that they have enough air.
  • Watch for any maintenance or indicator lights
  • You should look for abnormalities such as leaks. This is because your car does not run on fuel or gas.
  • Keep your car's exterior clean to prevent stains from weather, tree resin and bugs that adhere to the dashboard.

Maintenance Checklist for Monthly Use

You will have to monitor a few things on a monthly basis. These include:

  • Verify that your windshield wiper fluid level is sufficient
  • It is important to check that the air conditioner works properly. The A/C in many cars tends to fail relatively quickly or need liquid refilling.
  • Battery Coolant
  • You may be due to register or inspect your vehicle soon

We will then spend some time understanding the Tesla Model 3 battery, which is the true heart and soul a hybrid. How you charge your Model 3 has a major impact on the software of the battery, its ability to determine its own capacity and the longevity of the vehicle.

How to Charge Your Batteries

Charge your Tesla Model 3 by following these steps:

  1. The carport is located to the left of the vehicle over the rear tire, near the brake lights. Open the car port manually or via an app.
  2. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, recommends a limit between 80-90%. It usually takes 6-8 hours, and you can do it overnight.
  3. You can also set up a charging schedule, so that it will start charging as soon as the plug is inserted. It will not charge itself if you leave it plugged-in, but it will only do so during the time that you've scheduled. You can schedule it to charge at 6 am every morning before you leave for work, or later in the evening after you have gone to sleep.

Colors that you should be aware of when using the charging port light:

  • Charged if the light is white
  • The blue color indicates that it is preparing to attack
  • Chargers are in green.
  • Fully charged when the green light blinks
  • If you see red, it means that something is wrong. You should contact Tesla or refer to your touchscreen.

How to Charge Your Batteries

Download the Tesla app first to be able to track your car's battery power and status. You can get notifications when your car is fully-charged while at work, dining out, or wherever you can plug in a wall charger.

Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla. A Tesla fan asked him what he thought was the correct charging level. Elon Musk has said that charging the car above 70% is not recommended because it makes the car work harder.

You're also not allowing your car to be stuck at the maximum charging level, which could cause the battery to fail prematurely. The same as if you didn't care for your body, it will wear out faster. The car will last longer if you make it work harder.

Elon replied to this question in November 2018 by stating via his twitter, "Not worth it going below 80%. Even 90% is fine. It's fine to go down to 5% SoC or less."

The designer recommends charging your car at 90%. This will allow it to run longer than charging the car to 100% each night, or allowing the car to charge further after the 100% mark is reached.

Tesla and SpaceX CEOs also clarified this claim by saying, "at 100% charge state, regen brake doesn't function, because the battery has reached its maximum capacity, therefore the car is not as energy-efficient."

Don't charge your battery at 100%. This was proved by the original Twitter user who asked the question about battery capacity, @LikeTeslaKim. She discovered that "if you keep the charge at 70% and lower, some part of the software in the car became convinced that the car has less range than what it actually does."

Battery Care

You can damage your Tesla Model 3 battery if you let it reach 0% or uncharge completely. Battery should decrease by around 1% per day you drive. If you drive the car for three weeks you could lose up to 21% of its battery, leaving you with 79%.

This article will teach you 9 expert tips to make your Tesla battery last longer.

Keep an eye on it and be responsible when charging your battery. The damage could lead to further repairs or replacements, and Tesla won't cover you for the cost of these under your one-year warranty.

If your battery does hit that 0%, you must take it to a professional mechanic to be serviced at the closest Tesla location. You may need to jumpstart your car and inspect any equipment near the battery that may have been affected.

Do not attempt to remove or check the battery cover. Tesla prides itself on a 'no-owner-maintenance,' rule so they are always happy to look at your vehicle for you. If you have any questions about batteries, you should visit a Tesla dealer to avoid being locked out of your vehicle because it is not responding.

You can be locked out of your Tesla or it may refuse to accept a charge, but this is only possible in rare instances when a malfunction has occurred. In these cases, you will need to contact Tesla Customer Service. All you need to do is avoid the 0%!

Maintaining your tires properly

The Tesla App makes it easier to maintain the quality of tires on any vehicle. The Tesla App allows you to monitor the tire pressure of your vehicle and receive alerts if anything is wrong.

Your car is the best patient. It will tell you exactly when it's time for a checkup. Tesla Model 3 will be able to tell you when it needs a check-up and keep you in the loop about any problems or mechanical mishaps.

The light may not go out immediately after you have adjusted the tire pressure. Allow your tires to adjust to fresh air. It may take several miles for the new air to be registered.

If you drive at 15 MPH and above, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) will be activated. You will see the light go out after that.

Tires should not be under- or overinflated. It can cause:

  • Tires that are overheating or burning rubber
  • Tire cracking
  • Your tread separating prematurely
  • Blowout
  • The vehicle may spin out or lose control.

According to the table, your tires should be rotated every 10,000-12,000 mile or when your tread wears thin (1mm or more). You may need to replace your tires every five or six years. Tire rotation is required less frequently than on standard cars, which require it every six months. Here you can find out more about the standard tread.

Tesla describe Tesla tires as "built to optimize performance, reliability, safety and durability." Tires degrade with time due to ultraviolet light, extreme temperature, high loads, and environmental conditions. It is recommended that they be replaced every six years or sooner, if necessary.

If you have a flat tire or car trouble, you are also covered by the warranty.

Checking Your Tires Regularly

Check your tires every day and pay attention to their appearance. If your steering wheel vibrates, you have less control or your tires appear lower, your tire pressure may be off.

The steps for filling your tires with the proper tire pressure can be found below:

  1. Remove the caps from each tire. Focus on one tire only.
  2. Attach the air nozzle to the tire valve by screwing the air nozzle over the tire's air valve.
  3. Fill your tire with an air compressor tire inflator.
  4. It is important to fill it up until you reach the desired tire pressure. Overfilling can cause further problems, so only fill it to the point where you get a nice roundness and that appears complete. You can always remove or add some air later.
  5. Use a tire gauge to check the pressure. Tesla recommends a tire pressure between 39-45 psi to ensure a safe and comfortable range.
  6. Repeat steps 2-4, until you reach the desired pressure.
  7. Seal the valves tightly, until you cannot twist the screwtop any more.

In an emergency, if you cannot access roadside service and need to contact the nearest Tesla location , try your best.

Checklist of What you will need upon delivery!

Here is a list of things to do if you're one of the lucky owners of a Tesla Model 3.

  • You already have the Tesla App on your smartphone
  • You must have a valid driver's licence
  • You must have the proof of your loan before you accept delivery.
  • Keep your insurance card on hand
  • Check the vehicle yourself:
  • The screen is working on the display
  • Your car should be free of any damages, scratches or marks
  • The car is equipped with a battery charging port cover
  • Check the underside of your vehicle for signs of damage
  • Incorrect alignment of the wheels or body
  • Rim damage
  • Check for cracks and the quality of your windshield's glass.
  • Each door should work properly
  • Test all four windows
  • Test the speakers
  • Test your windshield wipers
  • Dash, trunk and interior fabrics.

The highlights are shown above. You can also use the complete Delivery Checklist which is approximately 4 pages long and breaks down the car part by part. You can use the delivery checklist to confirm that the car you're receiving has all of the bells, whistles, and features that were promised.

Before the Tesla delivery person leaves, confirm that the vehicle is in good working order.

If you notice something wrong with your car, let the representative immediately know. Otherwise, you could be blamed later on and lose warranty coverage.

Clean the exterior of your Tesla Model 3.

You will need to clean the outside of your Tesla differently than you would a regular fuel-powered car.

Here are some tips on cleaning your Tesla:

  • Use only mild detergents and chemicals on the paint.
  • Use a good quality Quick Cleaner Spray to avoid damaging the paint.
  • Avoid scratching or leaving marks on the paint by using a clean Microfiber Cloth.
  • Avoid aiming your water directly at the electrical parts such as the charging ports or exposed cables.
  • Avoid using high pressure water on sensitive areas or the rear-view cameras that could be easily damaged.
  • Avoid washing dirt or grime off the car by aiming your hose or stream of water away from it, not up or under the vehicle.
  • You should clean your wheels if you live in an area where road salt is used to prevent ice slides.
  • After cleaning, dry the brakes to prevent water from drying in the brakes and causing long-term damages.

Clean the interior of your Tesla Model 3.

The interior of your Tesla should be polished to maintain its pristine condition. The interior of your car is just as important, even though it may not reflect you as much on the outside.

How to maintain your Tesla Model 3 interior is as follows:

  • Use mild cleaning products, such as all-purpose cleaner or bleach. These may be acidic. Spray the seats with a mild, high-quality detergent.
  • Use soft rags to clean all windows using Windex or foam window cleaner.
  • Avoid scratching surfaces by using a clean Microfiber Cloth.
  • Spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible. Rinse with warm (not hot) water and let it dry completely.
  • Do not allow your carpet to get wet. This will cause mold and mildew.
  • Clean the touchscreen regularly with a lint free cloth and screen cleaner. You can also disinfect the touchscreen by using hydrogen peroxide or alcohol.

Understanding Your Warranty

Your 120,000 warranty will only be valid if you take your Tesla to a Tesla service center for maintenance.

While you can receive the New Vehicle Warranties by servicing directly with Tesla, it may be difficult to get all the benefits from the Extended Services Agreement.

You will have two main options when it comes to warranty with Tesla:

  • Standard New Vehicle Warranty covers 120,000 miles
  • Extended Service Agreement, which you can learn more about by clicking here
  • The limited warranty covers parts, body, and paint repair for up to 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • The Used Vehicle Limited Warranty covers you for up to 10000 miles or 1 year.

Any Tesla location is a nearby Tesla store where you can update or purchase your warranty.

Why buy a Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 has been released in limited quantities since its debut during the summer of 2017.

Your Tesla Model 3 is a beacon of genius, all wrapped up into an environmentally-friendly and sleek-looking package. It will not only save you money on gas, but it is also a symbol of safety.

Tesla Model 3 has many advantages.

This vehicle is unique and these are some amazing numbers. The Model 3 is a vehicle that offers an abundance of value. You cannot buy a car that is safer, higher quality and more environmentally friendly for less money.

In many ways, caring for your Tesla is easier and more straightforward than owning an ordinary car. Imagine how much time and money you'll save by not having to pump gas! This guide will cover all the details so relax, grab a drink and get ready to learn more about this radical change in the automotive industry!

Tesla Model 3 is now available

Online, you can purchase the Tesla Model 3 and customize it to suit your needs.

Most people receive their Tesla Model 3s within a month of ordering.

Tesla has released these long-awaited jewels with a starting retail price of approximately $35,000.

Elon Musk, CEO and creator of Tesla and SpaceX has stated that "a Model 3’s body and drive units can last for up to one million miles, while the battery lasts up to 500,000." He also said that battery modules will be available. The Model 3 has a lot on its plate.

Tesla is a leader in automotive innovation and creativity.

Final Thoughts about Maintaining Your Tesla Model 3

Tesla does what no other dealer is doing, and for that alone we should applaud their innovation. Musk has lofty ambitions, but only time can tell if the Model 3 hype is justified.

Tesla engineers continue to work hard on developing a vehicle which is more affordable, cleaner, quieter and will save you thousands of dollars in gas. The Tesla does not require oil changes, spark-plug replacements, emissions checks or other hassles associated with fuel.

By avoiding gas-powered vehicles, you can save a lot on maintenance.

Use guides such as Daily life with Tesla Model 3 charging to determine the best wattage and power level for your lifestyle. You can also check out forum discussions.

Learn about the buying process and what buyers have to say. It has caused controversy that some people have to wait for a long time for their Tesla Model 3. But nothing in life is easy, right? What do you think? Is the Tesla Model 3, despite all the hype, worth the wait and the waiting time?

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