If you’re coming from a regular gas car (aka internal combustion engine or I.C.E), there’s going to be a big difference for you in terms of maintenance. Hurray, say goodbye to oil changes, timing belt changes, and spark plug changes! 

Luckily, Tesla cars are typically easy to maintain. I’ll break it down for you in this post.

1) Tire Rotation

Tire rotation should be done every 5,000 or 6,000 miles, depending on your tires. You can rotate your tires at Costco, Americas Tires, Tesla mobile service. Just make sure you have the Tesla hockey pucks. These are needed in order to jack the Tesla up, without damaging the battery, in order to rotate the tires. I talk about this in my Must-Have Tesla Accessories blog post.

I highly recommend sticking to rotating your tires on a regular schedule because Tesla cars are electric and have regenerative braking, so the Tesla tires will wear faster compared to normal cars. Of course, there are other factors such as how you drive, too.

tesla lifting jack pad
Lifting Jack Pad
tesla lifting jack pad
Lifting Jack Pad

TIP: In order to keep track of my 6,000 miles, I created a separate Trip tab, named it “Tire Rotation.” Each time after I rotate my tires, I reset the mileage to zero, so when it becomes 6,000 miles, I know it’s time to rotate my tires.

tesla trip tab tire rotation
Create Trip Tab for 6,000 Tire Rotation

2) Cabin Air Filter or HEPA Air Filter Replacement

This should be done every 2 years for the cabin air filter, or 3 years for the HEPA filter. The newer model Ys have a “Biodefense” button, which means your car has the HEPA filter.  

If you want to learn how to replace your cabin filter by itself, I made a Youtube video showing you step-by-step how to replace your cabin filter so check that out.

3) Brake Fluid Check

Tesla recommends checking the brake fluid every 2 years and changing it as necessary.

To access this, go to your front trunk. Lift up the upper black piece (held in by clips) and near the top, you’ll see where the brake fluid is. 

If it is low, you can schedule an appointment with the Tesla service center to have it refilled.

tesla brake fluid
Brake Fluid

Also in this area, you’ll see the windshield wiper fluid. You can replace that as needed (notification shows up on your Tesla screen if it needs to be replaced).  I use Rain-X for my windshield wiper fluid.

tesla windshield fluid
Windshield Wiper Fluid
tesla windshield fluid low

As far as actual brake replacement, this is rarely needed due to Tesla’s regenerative braking where the motors are used to slow down the car. Therefore, you shouldn’t have to brake often and therefore, your brakes should last much longer. 

4) Clean & Lubricate Brake Calipers

If you live somewhere where snow is and the roads are salted,  Tesla recommends you clean and lubricate your brake calipers every 12,500 miles.

tesla mammoth
Clean & Lubricate Brake Calipers

5) AC Desiccant Bag

Lastly,  Tesla recommends replacing the AC desiccant bag replacement every 6 years. To do this, you can take your Tesla to the Tesla service center. 

6) 12-Volt battery or Lithium Ion battery

There is still a smaller battery (either a 12-Volt or Lithium ion battery) located in the Tesla front trunk that needs to be replaced. Based on other Tesla owners, it lasts anywhere from 2-5 years.

Your car also usually lets you know that the battery is low, and needs to be replaced. 

tesla 12v battery
12V Battery in Tesla Model Y


That’s it! Compared to a gas car, Tesla’s require much less maintenance. 


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