Car Maintenance

Tesla Model S Service Schedule: Maintenance

This article provides an in-depth guide to the Tesla Model S service schedule, ensuring owners are well-informed about the care and maintenance of their cutting-edge electric vehicle. Owning a Tesla Model S represents a journey into the future of automotive technology, and understanding the service schedule is crucial to maintaining its peak performance. Tesla has redefined traditional car maintenance by introducing over-the-air updates and streamlining service needs. Check Tesla X.

1. Regular Over-the-Air Updates:

  • Tesla’s model S unique feature allows for continuous improvement and enhancement of vehicle performance.
  • Software updates cover everything from autopilot improvements to additional features and bug fixes.
  • Regularly check for and install available updates through the car’s touchscreen or mobile app.

2. Tire Rotation and Replacement:

  • Tesla recommends rotating tires every 10,000 to 12,000 miles to ensure even wear.
  • Tire replacement intervals vary based on driving conditions but typically occur around 25,000 to 30,000 miles.
  • Regularly inspect tires for proper inflation and tread depth.

3. Brake Fluid Replacement:

  • Tesla suggests replacing brake fluid every two years, regardless of mileage.
  • Brake fluid is crucial for maintaining braking efficiency and preventing corrosion in the braking system.

4. High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter Replacement:

  • The HEPA filter, present in certain Model S configurations, provides exceptional air quality inside the cabin.
  • Tesla recommends replacing the HEPA filter every two to three years.

5. Cabin Air Filter Replacement:

  • Regularly check and replace the cabin air filter as needed for optimal performance of the HVAC system.
  • Replacement intervals may vary based on driving conditions and air quality.

6. Battery Maintenance:

  • Tesla’s battery technology is designed for minimal maintenance.
  • Owners are advised to keep the battery charged between 20% and 80% for regular use to optimize battery health.
  • Regular charging using Tesla’s Supercharger network is not detrimental to battery life.

7. Cooling System Check:

  • The Model S features a sophisticated cooling system for the battery and other components.
  • Periodic checks ensure proper functioning and prevent overheating.

8. Annual Inspection:

  • While traditional vehicles may require annual inspections, Tesla vehicles benefit from less frequent, comprehensive check-ups.
  • Tesla Service Centres may recommend an annual inspection to assess the overall health of the vehicle.
  • Every year servicing – 12,500 miles/12 months; 25,000 miles/24 months; 37,500 miles/36 months.
  • Lubricate the brake calliper guide pin every 12,500 miles/12 months
  • Check the condition of the brake fluid every 24 months
  • Check the brake callipers; clean if necessary every 12,500 miles/12 months
  • Reposition the wheels and tyres around the vehicle to ensure even tyre wear every 6,250 miles
  • Renew the high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter every 36 months if fitted
  • Air-conditioning dryer: renew the desiccant bag every 24 months
  • Renew the dust and pollen filter every 24 months

9. Brake Pad and Rotor Inspection:

  • Tesla’s regenerative braking system reduces wear on traditional brake components.
  • Brake pad and rotor inspections may be necessary but are typically less frequent than in traditional vehicles.

TypeEngine codePowerModel Year
100DL2S-L2S386kW2017 – 2018
40L1S175kW2012 – 2013
60L1S225kW2012 – 2015
60L1S285kW2016 – 2017
60DL2S-L2S386kW2016 – 2017
70L1S285kW2015 – 2016
70DL2S-L2S386kW2015 – 2016
75L1S285kW2016 – 2017
75DL2S-L2S386kW2016 – 2018
85L1S270kW2012 – 2014
85L1S285kW2015 – 2016
85DL2S-L2S280kW2014 – 2015
85DL2S-L2S386kW2015 – 20161
90L1S285kW2015 – 2016
90DL2S-L2S386kW2015 – 2017
Long rangeL2S386kW2019 – 2019
Long range plus3D1-L2S413kW2019 – 2020
P100DL2S-L1S568kW2016 – 2019
P85L1S310kW2012 – 2014
P85DL2S-L1S515kW2014 – 2016
P85D LudicrousL2S-L1S568kW2014 – 2016
P90DL2S-L1S515kW2015 – 2016
P90D LudicrousL2S-L1S568kW2015 – 2016
PerformanceL2S-L1S568kW2019 – 2020
Performance3D1-L1S585kW2020 – 2021
Standard RangeL2S-L1S479kW2019 – 2020

Some common issues:

Distorted text and graphics on the multifunction display a possible cause:

  • Software error
  • Temporary loss of 3G/4G connection

How to resolve it:

Owning a Tesla Model S not only offers an unparalleled driving experience but also revolutionizes the way we approach vehicle maintenance. With a focus on over-the-air updates, tire care, fluid replacements, and periodic inspections, Tesla’s service schedule reflects the brand’s commitment to efficiency, sustainability, and cutting-edge technology. Staying proactive and adhering to Tesla’s recommended service intervals ensures that Model S owners enjoy the full benefits of their electric masterpiece for years to come.

Reset the multifunction display:

Press and hold both scroll wheels for 10 second

Reset the touchscreen display:

Buttons above the scroll wheels

Press and hold the buttons for 10 seconds

If the fault persists, proceed as follows:

Close all the doors – Apply the foot brake- Press the buttons and the scroll wheels and hold for 30 seconds. The resetting mode is activated – Release the brake when all systems are back online

Activate time machine function:

 Drive the vehicle until the remaining battery range is 121 km (121 miles)

 Touch the battery icon, in the Tesla mobile app

 A pop-up message displays ‘Time Circuits Off’

Fault knocking noise 26/03/2017 – 28/03/2017

  • Knocking noise from the front of the vehicle
  • Conditions when the symptom appears:
  • Driving on rough roads
  • Cause
    • Incorrectly tightened stabiliser link nuts
  • Solution
    • Renew the front stabiliser links

Display shows multiple warning messages; RHD, (12/03/2015 – 17/10/2015)


  • The display shows multiple warning messages
  • Cause
    • Loose/poor ground point
  • Solution
    • Tighten the ground point front trunk area bulkhead

The airbag warning light illuminates and may have multiple warning messages; (10/11/2014 – 22/11/2014)


  • The airbag warning light illuminates
  • The display shows multiple warning messages
  • Note: Intermittent – This symptom does not always occur
  • Cause
    • Faulty airbag control unit
  • Solution
    • Check the airbag control unit; renew if necessary

Scraping noise when braking


  • Scraping noise when braking
  • Conditions when the symptom appears:
  • When the vehicle is stopping
  • This only applies to vehicles with 21-inch wheels
  • Cause
    • Faulty front brake discs

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