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My touchscreen (MCU1) has started failing. It resets iself 2-3 times a week, it takes forever to calculate a route, and it even erased all of my favorite places saved in the map. I'm afraid it's the issue known as the eMMC failure that often appears in Tesla cars with MCU1. Here's what they told me when I took it to the Service Center and potential costs of fixing the problem for good.
Do Teslas come with WiFi? Can you connect a Tesla to the WiFi? What about connecting a smartphone to the Tesla's internet, is that even possible? In this article, we'll cover these and other related questions about Teslas and Internet connectivity. Keep reading.
The Tesla Model S Plaid comes equipped with a tri-motor powertrain, 200 mph of top speed, over 520 miles of range, and able to go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds. Available to pre-order since Sep. 22nd. Deliveries to start in late 2021. Starting at $139,990.
To know for sure if a Tesla has Full Self-Driving (FSD) either go to the Tesla App and tap on 'Upgrades' or check the 'Additional Vehicle Information' under Controls > Software in the car's touchscreen.
Tesla Battery Day is planned for September 22, 2020. The event will host a limited number of persons in Fremont, California, and it will also be live-streamed to the public. Here's when and where to watch the Battery Day live-streaming online.
Are Autopilot and Enhanced Autopilot the same? What about Full Self-Driving? How much does it cost to upgrade to FSD? How do I know what I have in my Tesla? Learn more about Tesla's AP, EAP, and FSD and how to upgrade.
The best way to schedule, cancel, or change a service appointment with Tesla, is using the Tesla Mobile app. The app will show all the service centers with appointment dates available around you, including mobile service options.
If you're considering protecting your Tesla's paint and are not sure in which direction to go, you've arrived at the right place. In this guest blog post, Truong-Thang Pham tells us everything you need to know based on his experience as a professional car detailer.
What’s with Tesla’s and a yellow border in the touchscreen? This is a known issue present in older Tesla cars that can potentially affect all Tesla models. We suffered it ourselves...
You're a Model Y owner and are considering a tow hitch for carrying bikes, camping gear, coolers, snow equipment, and even towing a trailer. Should you go with the $300 aftermarket option or with Tesla's $1,000 package? Learn more about both.
Sentry Mode adds a layer of extra security to Tesla cars. But, do all Tesla cars have it? How does it work? How do you set it up or turn it on? How much battery does it use?
Best Father's Day gift ideas and special discounts for Tesla owners and fans.
Tesla's latest software update, 2020.16, introduces the ability to format a USB drive in the car. In this article we're going to show you how to do that step by step.
One of the first questions that comes up when buying a Tesla is home charging. Do I need to spend money on installing a new power outlet and how much? Here's some helpful guidance on the alternatives out there for charging an EV at home- specifically a Tesla- in the United States and Canada.
Tesla has started rolling out an Early Access only version, 2020.12.5.6, which introduces Traffic Light and Stop Sign Dection in beta. I've had access to a few videos source of a Model 3 running 2020.12.5.6 from an anonymous and I want to share with you what I think is interesting.
One more time, Tesla has listened to the community and delivered a highly demanded feature: Dashcam Viewer. Dashcam Viewer allows you to watch Dashcam and Sentry Mode videos directly on your car’s main screen. Keep reading to learn more about Tesla's Dashcam Viewer.
We asked 100 Tesla owners some questions including what was their favorite aftermarket accessory, and the most popular accessories mentioned were Jeda’s Wireless Charging Pad and Hub. It can't be a coincidence! Learn more about Jeda and their creative product thinking strategies.
Ji and JP are the ‘bros’ who started TesBros together back in January of 2019. How do they come up with new product ideas? How does their normal product development cycle looks like? And most importantly, why TesBros?
Here are my top 5 tips to help you install a DIY Chrome Delete Kit. If you have no previous experience with vinyl wraps (and hello 👋this was us), arm yourself with patience but let me tell you something: you can do it.
In this guest blog post by Ramin, the creator of the Stats app for Tesla, uses real data to throw some light to common Tesla battery degradation questions. TL;DR: There is nothing to be worried about in the vast majority of cases.
Hand washing or pressure washing? Here's how to wash your chrome deleted Tesla to avoid damaing the vinyl.
The Tesla Model S and Model X Long Range Plus come with a range boost that gets them up to 390 miles and 351 miles on a single charge respectively.
Tesla Track Mode V2 is being released as part of the latest update 2020.8.1 and it's available for the Performance Model 3 (standard and stealth).
With the Infotainment upgrade available (MCU1 to MCU2 retrofit), Tesla owners with MCU1 who purchased FSD are wondering if MCU2 is going to be required and if they're going to have to pay for it.
Tesla's Infotainment upgrade is finally here. Owners of Model and Model X built March 2019 or earlier will be elegible to purchase an Infotainment Upgrade (MCU1 to MCU2 upgrade).
I got a flat tire on my Model S' rear right tire the other day. What do you do without a spare tire and how much does it cost to replace a tire in a Tesla Model S?
Best gift ideas for yourself or for other Tesla owners, put together with feedback from the community and our own experience as a Model S owners.
HOV/CAV stickers are famous for not being easy to remove without damaging the paint, we have some suggestions for you to apply them before it's too late. And if it's already too late, we also have some ideas for you to remove them safely.
There isn’t a one-year or a two-year service as such, but Tesla recommends checking quite a few things at the two-year mark. Here’s a list, the cost, and how to schedule an appointment via Tesla's mobile app.
A common question amongst new Tesla owners is how does the blind-spot warning work. Most new cars these days have a light and an audible warning right on the side mirrors. This is not something you can find in a Tesla.
If you purchased Full Self-Driving (FSD) and are not on Autopilot Hardware 3 yet, I’m sure you must be wondering when is your retrofit going to be available. Here’s what we know.
Tesla's online chat: hours, where to find it and how it works. While some issues may still require for you to go to the service center or scheduling an appointment with the mobile service, Tesla's online chat is the fastest way to get a hold of Tesla.
UPDATE: It's been a couple of weeks since Tesla started sending out delivery confirmation emails to Model y reservation holders (both with Performance and LR AWD configurations). No dates have been shared yet for the first deliveries, but Model Ys have already been spotted on the road.
Tesla Theater lets you watch movies, TV shows, and videos in your car. It's available in all cars with Media Control Unit 2 (MCU2) and it requires Internet connectivity. Here's all you need to know about how Tesla Theater works and which models have access to it.
Tesla's latest software update 2019.40.50.1 (also known as 'FSD sneak preview') introduces the ability to listen and send text messages via built-in command. Here's how to enable it and how it works.
Tesla has finally announced it's Premium Connectivity package and it's going to be a $9.99 monthly subscription starting on January, 1, 2020. We know you have lots of questions about it, so that's what we're here for.
Detailed look at Tesla's Cybertruck interior (with pictures): new MCU UI, Roadster-like steering wheel, screen rearview mirror, seats, dash made of paper, glass roof, and 6.5 feet bed.
Only 36 hours after Tela’s Cybertruck unveiling event, Elon Musk has shared on Twitter that they’ve received 146,000 pre-orders. A day after Tesla has already reached 200,000 reservations of the Cybertruck. Not bad for an ‘ugly’ truck. 😜
If you thought Elon was joking when he said the truck would look like something out of Blade Runner, well, he was not. Right there in the middle of the music, the lights, the fire, and the excitement, my first impressions of Tesla's Cybertruck were...
When it comes to preparing your car for the winter, Teslas have some specifics that you may not know about. If this is your first winter with a Tesla, we’ve collected a few useful tips and tricks for you to survive the cold weather. Keep reading.
Over-the-air software updates are great, but you never know when you’re going to get them. We’ve all been there waiting for the latest software update while others are already talking and sharing pictures about it on Twitter. Here's a few things to make sure your car is ready for new Tesla updates.
In order to avoid the 'USB is too slow' error, it's important that you choose the right storage drive. Here's a list of reliable USB drives and storage options that we recommend.
What is Tesla Raven? In April 2019 Tesla introduced new versions of both Model S and Model X- codenamed as 'Raven'- which included a new adaptative suspension system and an overall increase in range. In February 2020, Tesla announced new EPA range estimates for the Raven Long Range Plus versions.
Tesla’s Media Control Unit or MCU is the main screen in the car and it determines some of the new features your car can get. Since we have a Model S that we purchased in 2017, we have MCU1. In this blog post, we will try to answer the following questions:
Last week Tesla started rolling out V10 but there are still quite a few Tesla owners who don’t have it. I’m getting quite a few questions about what upgrades you get if you have Media Control Unit version 1 (MCU1), so I decided to summarize what I know. Let me know if you have unanswered questions!
Sentry Mode is great and it’s already proving its high value by recording accidents that wouldn’t otherwise have been available. But, what's the best USB/storage and how to watch those videos on a smartphone?
Hitting a pole with our Tesla Model S ended up costing around $5,800. The two quotes that we got were very different: from our insurance company ($2,600) and from a Tesla certified body shop ($6,200).

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Latest software updates

Sep 11, 2020
Tesla is rolling out a new software update, version 2020.36.10, which brings improvements …
Aug 31, 2020
Tesla is rolling out update 2020.36 introducing 'Green Traffic Light Chime' and 'Speed …
Aug 19, 2020
Tesla's latest software update, 2020.32.2 introduces notifications (via mobile app) when …
Jul 29, 2020
Tesla's latest software update, 2020.28.5, introduces some nice changes in the Traffic …
Jun 22, 2020
As of June 22, 2020, Tesla has started rolling out a new software update, 2020.24.6, which …
Jun 2, 2020
Tesla's latest software update, 2020.20.1, is being rolled out and brings the 'Fallout …
May 6, 2020
Tesla has started rolling a out a new version, 2020.16, which introduces the ability to …
Apr 24, 2020
Tesla's latest software update, 2020.12.6 brings everyone a new and very much expected …
Apr 22, 2020
Tesla latest software update 2020.12.10 cojntains minor improvements and bug fixes only, …
Apr 7, 2020
Tesla has started rolling out the latest software update, 2020.12.5, to owners outside the …
Mar 13, 2020
Update 3/27: 2020.12.1 started rolling out on March 25th. Our Model S just finished …
Mar 5, 2020
Tesla is rolling out update version 2020.8.1 with third-party charging stations in the …
Jan 25, 2020
After a month without any updates, Tesla owners with MCU1 have finally started getting …
Jan 24, 2020
Tesla has started rolling out version 2020.4. Check out the release notes and what's new …
Dec 24, 2019
2019.40.50.1 is out and it comes full of goodies just in time for the Holiday season: …
Dec 5, 2019
2019.40.2.1 update started rolling out to the masses today, December 10, 2019. On top of …
Nov 28, 2019
Last updated: Dec. 3rd, 2019. 2019.40.1.1 started rolling out on November 27th and brings …
Nov 11, 2019
Version 2019.36.2.1 started being rolled out again on Friday, Nov. 10th. 2019.36.1 had …
Nov 5, 2019
Tesla has started rolling out the software update 36.1. We’re not amongst the lucky ones …

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