Do teslas need oil changes? If you’re thinking about buying a Tesla or are a new owner, you’re probably wondering what it takes to keep it running. When it comes to Tesla maintenance, one of the most frequently asked questions by our readers is: do Teslas require oil?
No, Tesla doesn’t need oil, at least not in a traditional sense like its gas-powered counterparts.
That being said, Tesla maintenance entails more than just not requiring oil. In today’s post, we’ll discuss why Tesla doesn’t require oil, which parts do, and some quick maintenance tips for Tesla owners (or EVs in general).
Do Teslas Need Oil Changes?
No, Teslas do not require oil changes because they are powered by electric motors rather than a gas or diesel engine, so there is no engine oil to change. While regular oil changes aren’t required, Tesla does have a list of recommended maintenance that should be performed to keep the electric car running at peak performance.
Why Doesn’t a Tesla Need an Oil Change?
The equipment that powers and propels the Tesla is based on an electric motor. Unlike traditional motor types that run on gasoline or diesel fuel, no oil is required.
Instead, the Tesla motor generates power through the use of electricity. The fuel in a traditional car is burned to start and run the engine. An electric charge is all that is required to keep an EV running as intended. The vehicle will not run or start if it is not charged.
Other parts of the vehicle, however, necessitate the use of specific oils and lubricants. The drive unit with the AC induction propulsion motor, for example, requires oil. However, this oil typically does not need to be checked or changed until the vehicle has been driven 100,000 miles.
Furthermore, the Tesla’s gearbox necessitates the use of a specific type of oil. During the first, fifth, and ninth years of ownership, Tesla recommends replacing this oil. If you do not have this oil change, the gearbox may begin to fail, causing drivability issues.
What Fluids Do Tesla Cars Need?
1. Brake Fluid
Tesla’s braking system is slightly different, but it still has brake fluid. However, because of the regenerative braking system, the brake fluid lasts longer.
As a result, Tesla typically advises checking the quality of the brake fluid every year or two to ensure everything appears normal. Contaminated fluid reduces efficiency and creates a hazardous traffic situation.
2. Windshield Washer Fluid
The Tesla, like any other conventional combustion vehicle, will require windshield washer fluid. Both types of vehicles have auto glass that must be kept clean in order to provide maximum visibility.
In the Tesla, adding windshield washer fluid is just as simple and can often be done on your own. Open the hood to gain access to the maintenance panel. You should be able to see the reservoir that needs to be filled from here. Given the price of windshield washer fluid, there’s no reason to put off performing this necessary task whenever it runs low.
The coolant used in the Tesla varies slightly, and it is required for a variety of reasons. G48 coolant is used in Tesla models to keep the battery cells from overheating. It’s a blue-green fluid with an ethylene glycol base.
It not only helps to regulate the temperature in the battery cells, but it also helps to prevent corrosion. It’s best to go with a G48 that uses organic corrosion inhibitors and specifically lists Tesla as an approved manufacturer.
4. Transmission Fluid
We briefly discussed the significance of transmission fluid in the Tesla. Despite the fact that the Tesla uses a different type of transmission, gearbox fluid is still required.
You must be cautious to use the correct type of fluid. Furthermore, it only requires replacement every 12,500 miles.
While grease is not technically a liquid, it is still important to mention. Tesla vehicles use grease in a variety of places to extend the life of specific parts.
Grease can be found on the handles, latches, hinges, drive axle, and windshield wiper. Grease keeps these parts lubricated and efficient.
Recommended Maintenance Service
Cabin Air Filter
Your Tesla vehicle has an air filter that keeps pollen, industrial fallout, road dust, and other particles out of the vents. The following cabin air filter replacement schedule is recommended by us:
|Replace your cabin air filter every 2 years.|
|Replace your cabin air filter every 3 years.*|
*For Model S and Model X vehicles produced in 2012-2020, we recommend replacing the cabin air filter every 2 years.
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High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter
If your Tesla vehicle has a HEPA filter, we recommend replacing it every three years.
Tire Rotation, Balance and Wheel Alignment
We recommend rotating your tires every 6,250 miles or when the tread depth difference reaches 2/32 inch or more, whichever comes first. Aggressive driving can cause premature tire wear, necessitating more frequent tire service. Wheels that are unbalanced or misaligned have an impact on handling, tire life, and steering components. For more information, consult the owner’s manuals and warranty documentation provided by the tire manufacturer.
Brake Fluid Test
We recommend testing your brake fluid for contamination every 2 years and replacing as needed.
Air Conditioning Service
The A/C desiccant bag is replaced by air conditioning service to improve the longevity and efficiency of your air conditioning system. The following air conditioning service schedule is recommended:
|Model 3||Replace your A/C desiccant bag every 6 years.|
|Model Y||Replace your A/C desiccant bag every 4 years.|
|Replace your A/C desiccant bag every 3 years.**|
**We recommend replacing your A/C desiccant bag every two years for Model S vehicles manufactured between 2012 and 2020, and every four years for Model X vehicles manufactured between 2012 and 2020.
For vehicles in cold weather regions, we recommend cleaning and lubricating all brake calipers every 12 months or 12,500 miles.
Can I transfer my Tesla Maintenance Plan to the new owner if I sell my Tesla vehicle?
When you sell your vehicle, you can transfer the unused portion of your Tesla Maintenance Plan. Once the ownership transfer is completed, the plan will be transferred to the new owner. For more information, please see the Terms and Conditions of your Maintenance Plan.
Does my vehicle require an annual maintenance service?
Your Tesla vehicle does not require annual maintenance or fluid changes on a regular basis. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the most recent maintenance recommendations.
Do I have to take my vehicle to a Tesla Service Center?
The need to visit a Service Center is reduced with over-the-air software updates, remote diagnostics, and the assistance of our Mobile Service technicians. If your vehicle requires service, you can schedule an appointment through the Tesla app. If you choose to take your vehicle to a non-Tesla shop for maintenance or repairs, your warranty coverage may be jeopardized if any problems arise.
Can I cancel my Tesla Maintenance Plan?
At any time, you can cancel your Maintenance Plan and receive a refund for the remaining annual service inspection intervals. For more information, please see the Terms and Conditions of your Maintenance Plan. Contact your local Service Center or use the Maintenance Plan Cancellation Form to request a cancellation. A wet signature is required on the form. Forms signed electronically will not be accepted.