Tesla Model 3 Maintenance Guide: Tips and Best Practices

Tesla Model 3 Maintenance Guide: Tips and Best Practices

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Maintaining a Tesla Model 3 differs significantly from maintaining traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Electric vehicles (EVs) like the Tesla Model 3 require less frequent maintenance due to fewer moving parts and the absence of oil changes. However, as with any vehicle, regular maintenance is crucial to ensure your Tesla Model 3 remains in optimal condition, delivering the best performance and longevity.

Next, we'll break down Tesla Model 3 maintenance into five separate areas: tires, software, braking system, air conditioning maintenance, vehicle fluids, and Additional protective equipment.

Tire Maintenance

Tesla Tires

Proper tire maintenance is crucial for safety and efficiency. Here's how to care for your tires:

  • Check Tire Pressure: Check tire pressure regularly, at least once a month or before each long drive. Measure tire pressure with a reliable quality gauge and adjust according to the recommended values in the owner's manual. Make sure to take measurements with cold tires to get an accurate reading. If the air pressure is found to be too low or too high, adjust it promptly.
  • Tire Alignment: Perform regular tire alignment checks, especially if you notice any deflection or vibration in your vehicle while driving. Owners should perform tire alignment checks every 10,000 miles or depending on the use of the vehicle.
  • Rotate Tires: Tire rotation is recommended for Tesla Model 3 every 8,000 to 10,000 miles, or as recommended in the owner's manual. Tire rotation allows the front and rear tires to wear more evenly, extending the life of each tire. A typical rotation involves swapping the front tires to the rear tires and cross-shifting them.

Battery Care

Tesla Charging battery

The battery is the heart of your Tesla Model 3. Ensuring its health is paramount to your vehicle's performance. Here are some tips to extend your battery's life:

  • Avoid Full Charges: To extend the life of the battery, avoid frequently charging the battery to 100%. Charging the battery to full capacity for a long period of time will accelerate the decay of the battery capacity and affect its long-term performance. It is recommended to set the upper limit of charging between 80% and 90% for daily use, as this will significantly extend the overall life of the battery. Only charge the battery to 100% when planning a long-distance drive and try to complete the charge shortly before departure to minimize the time in a fully charged state.
  • Supercharging: When supercharging, the battery is subjected to higher currents and temperatures, which can accelerate the ageing process. Therefore, try to use home charging or regular charging posts for everyday charging at lower charging power. Supercharging may be an option for long-distance travel or emergencies, but you should avoid using a supercharging station as your primary means of charging every time.
  • Temperature Management: To protect the battery, avoid using or parking the vehicle in extreme temperatures for long periods of time. In high-temperature environments, try to choose a shady spot when parking and use the air conditioning system to maintain the appropriate temperature inside the vehicle. In low temperatures, use the vehicle's preheat function to ensure that the battery operates within the appropriate temperature range.

Brake System

Tesla brake

Tesla's regenerative braking system reduces the wear on traditional brake components. However, regular checks are still necessary:

  • Regenerative Braking: Regenerative braking converts kinetic energy into electrical energy through an electric motor and stores it in the battery, which reduces wear and tear on the brake discs and pads. Owners should use regenerative braking as much as possible in everyday driving, such as releasing the accelerator pedal during deceleration and downhill to allow regenerative braking to work.
  • Brake Inspections: Owners should have their brakes professionally inspected annually or every 20,000 kilometres to ensure that the brake discs, pads and fluid are in good condition. Here are some specific things to check:

    Brake pads: check the thickness and wear of the brake pads. If the brake pads are too thin, they should be replaced promptly to ensure braking performance.
    Brake discs: check the brake discs for scratches, cracks or uneven wear. Seriously worn brake discs should be replaced.
    Brake fluid: The level and quality of brake fluid also need to be checked regularly. If the brake fluid is deteriorated or the level is too low, it should be replaced and replenished.
    Brake lines: Check brake lines for signs of leakage, deterioration or damage to ensure that the brake system is sealed and reliable.

Software Updates

Tesla screen

Tesla continuously improves its vehicles through over-the-air software updates, enhancing features and performance:

  • Stay Updated: Regularly check for and install software updates. These updates can improve everything from battery efficiency to autopilot functionality.
  • Scheduled Updates: Set updates to occur overnight to ensure your vehicle is always ready when you are.


Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Tesla Air Filter Replacement

Maintaining air quality inside your Tesla is important for comfort and health:

  • Replace Regularly: It is generally recommended to replace the air conditioning filter element every 10,000 to 15,000 Miles or once a year, and the specific replacement frequency can be adjusted according to the local air quality and driving environment. In more polluted or dusty areas, vehicle owners should check and replace the filter element more frequently.
  • DIY Replacement: You can replace the cabin air filter yourself by accessing the filter compartment under the glove box.


Fluid Levels and Filters

Model 3 Glass Water Filling

While EVs have fewer fluids than ICE vehicles, there are still a few to keep an eye on:

  • Windshield Washer Fluid: Check the level of windshield washer fluid at least once a month, especially during rainy or dusty seasons. Choose a washer fluid that is suitable for your local climate. Washers with anti-freeze formulas should be used in cold areas to prevent the fluid from freezing at low temperatures. When the fluid level falls below the mark on the reservoir, it should be replenished promptly. Open the front hood, locate the reservoir marked with the windshield washer fluid symbol, unscrew the cap, and pour washer fluid into the tank to the proper level. Clean the windshield and windshield wipers regularly to prevent dirt from accumulating and affecting the cleaning effect.
  • Brake Fluid: Since brake fluid replacement requires specialized tools and knowledge, it is recommended that owners visit an authorized service center for replacement and maintenance. It is recommended that the brake fluid level and condition be checked annually or every 20,000 miles. When checking, make sure the vehicle is parked on a level surface and the engine is cooled. Observe the level through the clear brake fluid reservoir, which should be between the maximum and minimum levels indicated. If the level is below the minimum mark, replenish it with the same type of brake fluid. Brake fluid is usually replaced every two years, as recommended in your owner's manual. Brake fluid absorbs moisture over time, lowering its boiling point, which can affect brake performance.
  • Coolant: Usually change the coolant every 4 years or every 80,000 miles and check the coolant level every 6 months. Open the front hood, locate the coolant reservoir and look through the clear tank to see the level, which should be between the marked maximum and minimum levels.


Additional protective equipment

Adding additional protective gear to your Tesla Model 3 not only enhances the safety and durability of your vehicle, but also protects the body and interior components and maintains the esthetics and performance of your vehicle. Below are some common protective gear and their installation and maintenance recommendations:

Paint Protection Film (PPF)

Paint Protection Film (PPF) is a transparent film that covers the surface of a car's paintwork and is used to protect the paintwork from stone splashes, scratches and other minor damage.

Mud Flaps



Mud Flaps prevent road dirt, grit and water from splashing onto the body and chassis, reducing corrosion and damage.We recommend that you choose Mud Flaps from EVAAM®:

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Rim Protectors and Wheel Covers


By using rim protectors and hubcaps, owners can effectively protect the wheels of their Tesla Model 3, maintaining the vehicle's aesthetics and performance while reducing maintenance costs. We recommend that you choose Rim Protectors and Wheel Covers from EVAAM®:

Seat Covers and Floor Mats


Seat covers and floor mats not only protect the seats and floors inside your vehicle, but also improve ride comfort and interior aesthetics.We recommend that you choose Seat Covers and Floor Mats from EVAAM®:

Other equipment

There is also a lot of equipment that protects the model 3 from damage inside and out, such as:

Next are two additional reminders about Regular Inspections and DIY Maintenance:

Regular Inspections

Tesla service center

Regular inspections by Tesla-certified technicians ensure your vehicle stays in top condition:

  • Service Appointments: Schedule annual inspections to catch potential issues early. Tesla's technicians are trained specifically on their vehicles, providing the best care.
  • What to Expect: Inspections typically include checks on the battery, brakes, tires, and software updates.


DIY Maintenance Tips

 a Tesla Model 3 in a garage

While some maintenance tasks require professional attention, there are several things you can do at home:

  • Cleaning: Keep your car clean inside and out to maintain its appearance and resale value.
  • Monitor Alerts: Pay attention to any alerts or warnings on your Tesla's display. Addressing issues early can prevent more significant problems later.
  • Basic Repairs: Simple tasks like replacing windshield wipers or topping off washer fluid can be done at home with minimal tools.


Regular maintenance is essential to keep your Tesla Model 3 performing at its best. By following these tips and best practices, you can ensure a long, efficient life for your vehicle. Embrace the unique aspects of Tesla maintenance and enjoy the exceptional driving experience that comes with owning a Model 3.

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