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Tesla Model 3 Service Manuals?

  • January 17, 2020 9:38 PM
    Reply # 8606481 on 8602125
    Richard Settembre wrote:

    What service procedures specifically do these people want to perform and who are they (what forum)? I would like to connect with them to share information that I have.

    Why?  You can't find any forum(s) where they are because apologists for Tesla remove any mention of Service Manuals - as if that will make the idea will go away.

    Will Tesla sell a subscription  tech database service eventually when there is a big enough demand?

    Tesla already sells a subscription for online access.  Their ridicules pricing is what has driven people to offer illegal copies.

    A word of caution enabling unqualified shade tree mechanics from working on their Tesla.  

    "Shade tree mechanics" built land speed record machines w/o a "professional" education.  An ICE car can be a bomb if you do things just wrong, and plenty of people fix their own cars.  I maintained every one of my BMWs, but my training wasn't in auto mechanics.

    Electrical Safety training for Qualified and Unqualified people can be purchased.

    Unfortunately Common Sense can't, no matter what you're working on, and no matter what Mfr's course you've taken.

    Paper manuals are already obsolete at time of printing. Paper manuals are incomplete as they do not contain TSBs.

    So you're saying that Manufacturers like BMW, that offer complete Service Manuals for their cars shouldn't do so?

    Electronic officially released current Rev. manuals and TSBs are the only actually valid service documentation. Missing some safety point in an update or TSB could be a trip in an ambulance if you are lucky.  

    I guess I'd better keep that "lucky charm" in my breast pocket according to you.  Hey, guess what?... I've been working on my own cars now for 50 years, and I'm still here,... amazing!

    Right to repair is not a law (yet) and only applies to businesses as I understand the Bill...but that is a start. 

    No, Right to Repair means EVERYONE.  You bought it, you fix it.  That's what farmers are screaming about in the Midwest - not being able to repair their own tractors. (I get emails from the RTR movement.)

    I would like to see lots of competent factory authorized independent shops out there.  I'm sure this will happen eventually.

    Finally one thing we agree on.




  • January 16, 2020 1:05 PM
    Message # 8592798

    Service Manuals for the Model 3 are a sore subject with many owners.   Tesla makes its manuals available online for what I would consider are asinine prices, and will continue to do so until New York State passes a "Right to Repair" law.  For that reason Model 3 service manuals have now started to appear on eBay for about $20-30, and from the UK for about $80.  Both are the same file, and both require Firefox to use.  They both look to be illegal copies of Tesla's online manuals.  For those mechanically inclined, this makes for a poor customer relationship.  Tesla could have produced paper copies of their Service Manuals and sold them like other manufacturers but has decided not to, hence encouraging a black market of digital copies.  


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