Are you now the proud owner of a brand new Tesla? Did you save up or take out loans to be able to afford it? Do you want to learn to do basic maintenance and repairs so you will not have to spend all those extra dollars? Well, you have come to the right place!
Since you probably already know, Tesla is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric cars. These cars are much more eco-friendly than petrol or diesel-powered cars. So congratulations on making a sustainable lifestyle change! You should be proud of yourselves. However, we all know how expensive Teslas can be. Getting their maintenance repairs done at a Tesla workshop can cost you even more unless you have paid for costly insurance policies.
If the issue you have does not look serious, taking your car to a Tesla workshop probably is not worth the cost. We have compiled a list of maintenance/repairs you can do yourselves.
Cleaning Out Brake Shields
Hearing unusual shrill noises or grinding noises while you are driving, even at regular speeds means there is probably some debris or rocks stuck in your brake shields. These should be removed as soon as possible even though they will not damage your breaks or cause them to fail.
Do not attempt this right after driving because your break may be really hot, you can end up burning yourself. Remove the cover and gently shake or push the brake shield until you feel like all the debris has fallen out. Repeat this process until you do not hear any noise while driving.
Setting Up Your Homelink
You do not need professionals to help you program your Tesla with your smart home. Do it yourself! Follow the following steps to program the car with your garage opener. Park the tesla facing the sensory device. Press the Homelink icon on your screen. Make sure nothing is impeding the sensor. The connection should pop up on the screen. Click on it and save the connection under a preferred name.
The Tesla will save the location where you programmed your Homelink. It will then automatically display the Homelink screen when you reach that location. How cool is that!
Much like restarting your phones and laptops solves some glitches, turning your Tesla off and then on can solve some minor issues you are facing. If your Tesla is displaying usual behavior or showing a non-urgent alert, power cycling will most likely solve your issue.
But is power cycling safe for your car? The answer is ambiguous and depends on your particular situation. Of course, under normal circumstances, turning your car on and off should not cause any harm. However, if you repeatedly restart your Tesla within a short period of time, the high inrush of power may end up damaging some internal components. If power cycling does not solve the issue you are having, you should probably get it sorted out by a professional.
Charging Your Tesla
You heard that right! You can charge your Tesla at home easily. You do not need to drive to a destination charging system. You can get a wall connector installed at your home. The initial investment is quite worth it as it helps you save on further charging costs. You can source your wall connectors from China ev charge station suppliers
Handling the Battery in Your Key Fob
Under normal circumstances, your key’s battery is supposed to last up to 5 years. When its battery is running low, the Tesla screen will display a message alerting you to the situation. When this happens, you should purchase a new battery. You can get it online or anywhere basically, it is quite easily available!
Now you need to hold your key button-side-down. Open the cover at the bottom. Extract the old battery and replace it with the new one. Make sure to only touch the new battery from the sides and not the flat surface in order to not damage it. Put the bottom cover back in place by aligning it to the slots in the key enclosure. Test your recharged key to see if all went well!
Burnishing Your Brakes
A lot of company experts recommend this process if you have installed new pads or rotors in your breaks. Burnishing is supposed to help with giving better performance and longevity. This is especially helpful if you are hearing squeaky noises from the brakes while braking. This may be due to temperature or rust.
On your touch screen adjust your settings first. You need to go to ‘controls’ then ‘driving’ then ‘regenerative breaking’ then ‘low’. You should drive between fifty to fifty-five miles per hour on an empty, straight road. Apply constant medium pressure on the breaks until the Tesla slows down to ten miles per hour. Repeat this process five to six times at thirty seconds intervals.
In addition to this, you can do a myriad of other maintenance and repairs including replacing components like cabin filters, hood and trunk struts, and aero covers. However, if you are not comfortable or confident doing any of the tasks, you should research in-depth about that particular problem. Reach out to Tesla customer service to make sure you do not mess up anything that will end up costing you even more.