Tuesday, 13 July 2021 23:15

Tesla Wanted $16,000 for a Simple $700 Model 3 Repair

Written by Ameya Paleja, Interesting Engineering



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How much does one pay for minor repairs for a Tesla car?

As one Tesla owner found out, almost half of the vehicle price. After hitting some debris on the road that damaged his battery pack, the owner visited a Tesla service center, where he was handed a repair estimate of $16,000.


Unable to foot that bill, the owner sought help from a non-authorized garage, which diagnosed and resolved the issue for $700. 


The standard Model 3 Tesla is rear-wheel drive, with an option to make it all-wheel drive. For users who exercise this option, the company puts a drive unit in the front, next to the battery pack. The cooling system runs through the car and connects to the battery pack through a nipple.
For this Tesla owner, the debris resulted in the coolant leaking at the nipple of the battery pack. But since the nipple was molded outside the battery pack, which is not serviceable at a Tesla Service Center, they could only offer replacement of the entire battery pack. This resulted in the quote shooting up to $16,000.


Unfortunately for the owner, his insurance did not cover damages due to road debris, forcing him to look elsewhere. 


He found help at Electrified Garage, which diagnosed the problem and found a simpler solution. They cut off the nipple and then threaded it back into the battery pack with a $15 brass fitting that can be found at any hardware store. They were able to...

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