General Public Can Now Order Own Tesla Model 3, S & X Parts

OCT 29 2018 BY MARK KANE 37

Tesla parts catalog now available

Tesla just released to the general public a Parts Catalog with all parts for all four of its cars (Model S, Model X, Model 3 and the first-generation Roadster).

It enables one to search for parts and see some drawings for repairs on their own (or new projects/conversions). Hopefully, Tesla will not make it troublesome for those who want to order parts and do repairs, although we know from the past that in many cases Tesla required taking cars to a service center to approve the work (or disable some stuff like Supercharging access or even the whole car).

The move probably is part of the broader “Right to Repair” wave, which obliges manufacturers to make repairs by 3rd parties possible. Other automakers (who haven’t done so already) will open their diagnostic codes and repair data to the public.

“The “Right to Repair”, which primarily aims to force electronic manufacturers to sell replacement parts and make their diagnostic and service manuals available to independent repair shops and consumers, is gaining some traction.It is starting to make its way into several state legislatures, but for vehicles, it’s currently only in place in Massachusetts, which is why it’s the only state where Tesla owners can register to access repair manuals, service documents, wiring diagrams, and part information.”

Source: Electrek

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Rich from Rich rebuilds must be happy

-That, is the truest of true statements, indubitably.

This is both awesome and needed.

Very good, because service centers and repairs may be concern when buying Tesla.

👏👏👏👏👏. Tesla is growing up. Now Richard Rebuilds can get legit parts now

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous


Begin neg votes………lol

(-p see? Not a single downvote so far (-:

GOOD! This was a problem. Especially with Tesla service shops so massively backed up they really needed to make it easier for people to fix things themselves if they so choose.

I agree spec! In the old days you could call your local service center and talk to someone. Now you get routed to a call center. They want you to just book the appointment on the net and then just bring it in at the appointed time. I needed a price on the media control unit which is the big display and the computer behind it. It goes out a lot in older Model S’s. two things can go wrong.: bubble in the display or a bad chip that gets all the read writes. It seems besides defective screens with bubbles the flash drives were also under designed. They fail from too many read writes. I needed a price on how much replacing just the display would be versus replacing the whole MCU. Called twice. ….30 minute wait times. Hung up I’ve heard a new MCU can be 5000$ ouch. Put that in your cost of ownership pipe and smoke it for all of you that think owning a Tesla is low cost of ownership. They are NOT. I’ve relaced faulty door handle myself. I’m also looking into doing my MCU myself as well. If you have an out of… Read more »

There is probably no close second to how the MCU is Model S (X?) “achilles heel”. All cars have them. It may be worse for you because you are in a warm climate, where the “bubble” and edge deterioration is supposedly worse.

I found a guy, who does “media units” (and another doing dash clusters) in MI, for GM. Hopefully, MCU’s see a similar cottage industry develop. As it stands, simple things like the Nav gyro failing (had it happen in a ’12 MS, myself) result in full MCU replacement. On top of LCD-only problems, Tesla should not be passing on the $3,000-5,000 quotes/bills I’ve read about.

Still, given this is about the only huge ticket expense (battery and drive unit under long warranty), that is remotely common, I feel I’m ahead of a diesel parts list, or an Audi 4.0’s timing chain ($10k @~100+k miles), or many of the slightly cheaper costs that can sideline the car.

Build your own? It could have been a winner during production hell.

After spending $1300+ to have replace 4 rotors and brake pads (totally a DIY job), I look forward to being able to order my own parts. Now bring on the service manuals.

You can find Tesla service manuals posted online in .pdf form. Google is your friend.

Jason Hughes, and others, have these rotors lying around. Odds are they aren’t groved, and don’t need to be turned. People aren’t wearing these things out (regen), and using them up is more sustainable 😉

Rockauto lists brake parts for some Tesla models but they are all out of stock

Reality is that if bad DIY repairs caused even just one or two Teslas to burn up at a supercharger Tesla could have never survived the publicity. Even if they proved it was a botched DIY repair.

So I’m glad that didn’t happen and fuel the shorts. Now all DIYers do your part…..

Tesla has one of the most advanced diagnostics system of any car on the road. If there is any fault in the craftsmanship of a repair or part the diagnostic system is bound to detect it.

Unless the bad DIY repair includes fooling stuff like temperature sensors. APR and GIAC both make aftermarket tunes that bypass EGT sensors on ICE cars

Some Teslas did burned at supercharger or not, but somehow they survived so far.

So, just one single one is “some”. Typical serial Tesla bashing pravduh.

Thanks for proving my point. One incident and trolls like you STILL blow it out of proportion and harp about it every chance possible.

You work for Tesla, don’t you?

I don’t give out personal information on the internet. But why would you ask? Is it because what I wrote is so obviously the truth that it sounds exactly like what any company insider would decide to do if facing the same circumstances?

there is no price on parts

If Tesla would reverse course ….embrace and support independent shops …

This could be good for everyone.

(Just like it was for the ‘’O” “OEMs” back in the day)

A dealer network? Come on, say it!

I am a fan of independent repair shops (*NOT* stealerships) and given the volume of cars Tesla is putting on the road I think in larger markets at least they could do well. Contrary to what many people claim there are still a lot of things that will wear out or break and need repair or replacement on a BEV. These include but are not limited to suspensions, power seat motors, air suspensions, motorized door handles and even brake pads and rotors. I think it would be reasonable for Tesla to restrict who can perform repairs to the electric propulsion system and obviously perform warranty work. But if their goal is as they claim to not make money on service they should embrace others doing non-BEV specific repairs on their vehicles. This would also help them scale.


/and if the batteries are as good as they say they are, there should be good business in refurbing (i.e. suspension/interior/paint/etc..) somewhere around the mid-point of the car’s (battery’s) lifespan.
//if the batteries get cheap enough (I doubt they will) it might be worth it to replace the pack(authorized shops) + refurb

The “Right Thing” For Tesla To Do !

This catalog provides confidence for the DIY-er, and for those who may frequent localities no presently convenient to a factory service center.
Kudos to Tesla for what is likely to be an under-appreciated move.

There still seems to be a large number of parts(battery being one of the major ones) that you cannot buy…
It says they are restricted for use by a Service Center…

At the very least, this is a big step in the right direction. Plus, Tesla may have legitimate concerns about unauthorized shops handling battery packs without oversight. In a perfect world there ought to be a way for dedicated DIYers to be able to get any and all parts, but Tesla may have liability concerns.

Either way, now there is a larger selection of official parts available. So people like Rich Rebuilds will have easier time fixing cars.
I wonder what this will do to the price of salvage Tesla’s?
And of course, if you buy a salvage Tesla, as long as the motor and battery are okay, most of the other parts are available, so it still works out far better than it was a few days ago…


Very glad to see this improvement at Tesla. It’s about time! 🙂

Right to repair movement, sounds great! Bring it on for everything!

> it’s currently only in place in Massachusetts, which is why it’s the only state where Tesla owners can register to access repair manuals, service documents, wiring diagrams, and part information.

However much Tesla may not want any third parties to perform any repairs (and there are some good reasons besides wanting to lock in payment for such services to themselves, such as the impossibility of controlling how repairs are done), it is extraordinarily stupid to try to limit availability in this manner. Once one person shares any of this information the cat is out of the bag and it will be available to anyone who wants it. But instead of these people getting it from Tesla, they’ll get it from file sharing sites and the like – making it very easy for people who wants to make mischief to spread modified and incorrect versions of the documents, and difficult to ensure everyone are getting the latest, most up to date, most accurate information they can.

Far better to just accept that this battle is lost. People will get the right to repair. And they should. Tesla should cooperate in the matter, not drag its feet.