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For New Owners

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Range University

Understanding what the Range display means and why it may not be accurate (Aug-2022 update)


Owner’s Manual Companion

Everything you wanted to know about your new Tesla vehicle and more! (Dec-2023 update)

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Home Charging Wiring Guide

Explains safe wiring methods for charging your Tesla S/X/3/Y at home. (Nov-2023 update)


Supercharger SuperGuide

Our deep dive into Superchargers – how to speed your charging, how it works, NACS, and more (Feb-2024 update)

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Model 3/Y Home Charging Guide

Charging speeds, best solutions, outlet choices, and more! (May-2024 update)

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Vampire Drain

When parked various options can consume additional power and reduce your range. (Jun-2023)

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Selecting the Right Battery Size

Our handy guide getting the S/X/3/Y battery that’s best for you! (Mar-2022 update)



Tesla Solar Roof Installation

Our very own Tesla solar roof project with video, costing, and more! (Sep-2021 update)

Solar-Powerwall System Optimizations

Tricks to getting more useful power and improving Powerwall longevity (Sep-2020 update)

Solar Roof Cleaning

Various methods you can use to clean your solar roof (Jul-2024 Update)


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Instrument Cluster

Our deep dive into the Model S/X instrument cluster, different hardware generations, images, repairs, software, and more! (Dec-2023 update)


Fuses and Current Protection

Examination of current protection systems in the Models S/X/3/Y including all fusebox locations and fuse functions. (Nov-2022 update)


Accessory Power Guide

Find the right power source location for 12v and 5v accessories. We test currents and voltages during six different vehicle power states on different S/X/3/Y vehicles. Includes videos. (Jun-2023 update)

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Revolutionary Steering Wheel

Examining the new steering wheel design for the 2021 S/X (Oct-2023 update)

Tilting Display

Deep dive into the missing Model S/X tilting display along with how to get Tilt on the Model 3/Y (Feb-2022 update)

Charging Connector

Supercharging, CCS and CHAdeMO DC Fast Charging

Comparing these three systems and the related networks (Jul-2023 update)


Autopilot, Processors, and Hardware

Demystifying MCU and HW variants (Mar-2023 update)


MCU1 Flash Memory Analysis and Failures

An examination of MCU1’s eMMC memory, failure rates, causes & solutions (Aug-2022 update)

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MCU2 Upgrade and AM/FM/XM Radio Issues

Options when radios are removed for the MCU2 upgrade (Aug-2022 update)

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Timelines for Vehicles and Variants

Dates of vehicle versions and major changes, EPA range, and more (Jul-2024 update)

Paint and Coatings

All about factory and body shop painting, coatings, and common myths (Jul-2024 update)

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Solar Vehicle Roof Analysis

How much range would a solar roof provide and at what cost? (Oct-2019 update)



Tesla Vehicle Comparisons

Compare the latest models and variants, with features, options, and pricing. (Jul-2024 update)


Tesla vs. Gas Vehicle Savings Calculator

Get an estimate of the cost savings over time when switching to a Tesla vehicle. (Jul-2024 update)

Model S

Model S New and Old Comparisons

Specifications and features of the 2024 Model S LR and Plaid against the prior 2020-2021 LR+ and Performance variants. (Jul-2024 update)

Model X 2021 Comparison

Model X New and Old Comparisons

Specifications and features of the 2024 Model X LR and Plaid against the prior 2020-2021 LR+ and Performance variants. (Jul-2024 update)

Model 3 New and Old Comparisons

Specifications and features of the 2024 Model 3 LR Highland and the the prior 2023 Model 3 LR. (Jul-2024)

Original Model S Compared with Today's Model S

Specifications, features, and pricing of the original 2012 Model S compared with the latest Model S LR. (Jul-2024 update)

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Taycan vs. Model S

Our in-depth comparison of the Porsche Taycan and the Tesla Model S LR and Plaid (Jul-2022 update)


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Antenna Exposè

Examination and photos of all the antennas in the latest vehicles S/X/3/Y. The Model S is the current champ with 46 antennas. (Jul-2022)


Electric Motor Counts

A list of all the motors Tesla packs into each car. It ranges from 69 motors in the Model 3 to a whopping 118 in the Model X. (Jul-2022 update)


12 Volt Battery Compendium

Everything you need to know about your Tesla 12v or 16v battery! (May-2023 update)


Understanding this critical high-power component (Feb-2019 update)


Understanding New Battery Breakthroughs

Battery breakthroughs may not always work as hoped for in vehicles (Jan-2023 update)

Processors Analysis and Count

Check out the 50+ processors used in Tesla vehicles (May-2013)


Speakers and Amps

Audio Systems for the Tesla Model S and Model X

Examination of features, speakers, and amplifiers (Jan-2022 update)


Audio Systems for the Model 3 and Model Y

Our deep dive into speakers, amplifiers, and more on the Model 3 and Y. (Jun-2023 update)

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XM Radio for Tesla

XM availability, options, alternatives, and tips (Sep-2020 update)

USB Flash Drives for Music

How to pick the right USB drive for great music and getting the most out of your vehicle’s music system (Feb-2022 update)


Streaming Audio

Streaming services and getting better streaming sound (Dec-2022 update)

Android Auto

Android Auto on Tesla?

An examination of Google’s Android Auto and what issues may slow or prevent implementation (Oct-2019 update)

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CarPlay on Tesla?

An examination of Apple’s CarPlay and what issues may slow or prevent implementation (Oct-2019 update)



Tesla Dashcam

All about the built-in Tesla dashcam including how to pick a reliable drive, set it up, and troubleshoot (Jan-2023 update)


Ultimate Dashcam Guide

Exploration of the why what and how of third-party dashcams with comparisons and installation videos (Jan-2024 update)


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Service Mode

Use service mode to get more details about issues, assist with diagnostics, do calibrations, and perform other tasks. (Feb-2024 update)

Tesla Fluid Leak Identifier

See a leak in your vehicle? We identify every fluid used in the Tesla and show how to identify what that leak is and if it’s important or not. (Feb-2023)

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To Catch A Thief – Tesla Breakins

Breakin, investigation, and tips to avoid a break-in (Feb-2021 update)

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Tesla Accident Repair Guide

How to navigate the accident repairs process and timing (Sep-2020 update)

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Sounds of Tesla Vehicles

Normal and abnormal noises and sounds with solutions (Aug-2022 update)


HomeLink Analysis and Troubleshooting

Understanding HomeLink and fixing common issues (Aug-2022 update)


WiFi Guide and Troubleshooter for Tesla Vehicles

The Why and How of WiFi and how to get the best connection (Jan-2023 update)

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Fixing a Paint Chip

Quick ways to fix small rock strikes and road rash (Mar-2021 update)


VIN Decoder

Learn what your Vehicle Identification Number says about your car (Jun-2024 update)

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Maps – EV Benefits, Tesla Stores & Superchargers

View maps of the USA with benefits by state, Tesla stores and service centers and counts of Superchargers (Apr-2019 update)


Old and New Luxury

How luxury is being redefined in vehicles (Aug-2017)



Easy to understand charging options for the Model S/X (Oct-2019 update)

Main Screen V7 User Interface Analysis

Changes from the 6.0 to new 7.0 (Oct-2015)

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Instrument Panel V7 User Interface Analysis

Changes from the V6.0 to 7.0 (Oct-2015)