Common Problems With Tesla Model 3 Brakes

Unlike conventional vehicles that rely solely on friction braking, the Tesla Model 3 uses a regenerative braking system that harnesses the energy produced during deceleration to recharge its battery and then uses the electric motor as a generator, which induces braking. Although this system puts much less strain on the brake pads and discs, it does not mean the brakes are immune to wear.

Tesla Model 3 vehicles frequently present brake issues, not due to faulty design, but rather neglected maintenance in a cold, damp Canadian environment that expediates brake wear. Vehicles that are not properly maintained are prone to brake issues after a few years, which then lead to costly repairs.

Brake Fluids

We recommend checking brake fluid for contamination every four years, and replacing it if necessary. Intensive use of brakes due to towing, mountain excursions or high-performance driving, particularly in hot and humid environments, may require more frequent check-ups and repairs.

Brake Pads and Discs

A common problem reported by some Model 3 owners is excessive or abnormal brake pad wear. This issue can lead to reduced braking performance and may require brake pad replacement sooner than expected. In addition, driving habits such as frequent stops or hard deceleration can accelerate brake pad deterioration. If excessive brake pad wear is detected, it is advisable to have them replaced promptly by a certified NexDrive technician.

Brake Calipers

If you live in an area where roads are salted in winter, we recommend cleaning and lubricating all brake calipers annually. This is because de-icing salt is the primary cause of brake caliper corrosion and seizure, which can lead to brake failure or abnormal wear. In Canada, where the majority of roads are treated with salt, it’s important to clean and lubricate your brake calipers regularly to avoid this problem.

Damaged or seized calipers will quickly destroy your brake pads and discs, increasing the cost of repairs.

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