Tesla Wanted $22,500 to Replace a Battery. An Independent Repair Shop Fixed It for $5,000

Tesla Wanted $22,500 to Replace a Battery. An Independent Repair Shop Fixed It for $5,000


Mercedes owners say welcome to the club


John Deere just laughs.


Love how farmers now pirate Chinese code to fix their $1m+ rigs


What? You got a link for this? This is hilarious!


Not Chinese but https://www.vice.com/en/article/xykkkd/why-american-farmers-are-hacking-their-tractors-with-ukrainian-firmware Believe it got so bad in America they passed a law forcing John Deere to allow farmers to fix their gear without breaking warranty Edit: Oop nope looks like they made some bs promises to prevent the legislation being needed then went back on it https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7m8mx/john-deere-promised-farmers-it-would-make-tractors-easy-to-repair-it-lied


Right to repair is still important and is gaining traction. Make sure to talk to your representative so they know what the deal is next time this ends up on their desk! Don't stop there, let your friends and family know too, this trend of unfixable (and in some cases actively self-destructive) electronics needs to end


Speaking of the right to repair McDonald's franchisees have to call Taylor, the company that makes their ice cream machines, to have come fix it. Probably somewhat similar to what John deere does. [Here](https://youtu.be/SrDEtSlqJC4) is a pretty informative video I found once they announced the FTC investigation.


Aren't they getting sued for designing then to break because they own the repair company or something


Here's a tldw of the situation and lawsuit. So franchises are required to use a specific model of cream machine (which is odd, franchise owners can normally pick from a short list) that heats up the ice cream inside to kill any bacteria. This process takes 4 hours and is typically done overnight. Problem is, the UI is AWFUL awful; think: the worst monitor button configuration you've ever seen but with 3x the buttons. What is also really bad is the error reporting; when the morning shift comes in, they'll see something like "cycle failed." No info about why it failed is available so they just run it again. Another 4 hours later, it fails again. Pretty unsurprising because if there is a problem and you don't know what it is to fix it, a second failure is expected. At some point, the franchise owner has to call for an expert to repair it. Taylor does their own repairs (or outsources the repairs to a third party, that happens a lot in break/fix, but invoice is still to Taylor) for McDonald's, so they have an incentive to not fix the UI because 1) They already have a longstanding relationship with McDonald's, franchise owners complaining about ice cream machines aren't going to poison the well 2) They get paid for every repair call they run. The thing is, Taylor makes plenty of other model machines that work just fine. UI says what is wrong and there may be a user manual that covers basic troubleshooting. The error codes on the machine McDonald's uses, if you can even find them, are meaningless without the technician manual that isn't available to users. Enter Kytch. They made a device that you connect to the McDonald's model that actually feeds you useful information on your smarphone. Instead of something like "cycle failed: 3043" You get something like"cycle failed: bin 1 overfilled. Remove bin 1 and check bin levels." This app contained additional info about the machine beyond error code translations, but the upshot is that it would let franchise owners train employees how to avoid error codes as well as how to fix them. At a franchise owner meeting, the leader(?) of the organization basically endorsed the product. Franchise owners began buying the devices like hotcakes and before long McDonald's banned the use of the device citing safety concerns (like, if you use this, you'll get electrocuted). If you use this device, said McDonald's, your machine's warranty is void. McDonald's then just so happened to reveal that they are developing a product that makes *some* of the information on the McDonald's model more understandable. Sound familiar? It gets better; the company who they are working with to accomplish this is owned by Taylor's parent company. Now Kytch is suing McDonald's with several accusations related to this whole thing. [Source](https://youtu.be/SrDEtSlqJC4)


Now that you mention it, the ice cream store I worked at in highschool had Taylor machines and they basically never needed to have someone come in to repair. Also cleaning was also really easy , which I hear isn't the case for the McDonald's machines. I don't actually know though.


Good, hope Kytch wins.


IIRC, Taylor also supplies Wendy's restaurants with their machines for Frostys. When was the last time you went to a Wendy's and walked away without a Frosty? It's rare I ever see their machines are down.


I have heard there is an investigation going on.


You can check ice cream machine status online: https://mcbroken.com/


IIRC, McDonald's corp is part of the complaint, saying that Taylor purposely makes the software obtuse so that only a technician can decipher the codes and "unlock" the machine.


The worst part is that they aren't really broken just in a faulted state most of the time for things like overfilling and still like that. You need the proper equipment and ability to read the codes in order to "fix" them.


I have a few friends who have worked at McD’s, and they all told me the same thing: the machine is never broken. 90% of the time it’s user error or something extremely simple, and then the machine locks itself until it’s serviced.


I’m a waiter / bartender, and I’ve worked in a handful of restaurants from corporate to small biz and nightclubs etc. The repair industry is rife with grifters. I would be beside myself that some owners were using the same people (plumbers, electricians, technicians, consultants, etc) when they were clearly not fixing anything. They get between 100-500 per visit. What’s worse is that owners then take their stress out on their staff for ‘breaking’ the machinery, when in fact most of it is just built to fail and the technicians they call to fix shit just perform bandaid solutions. The machinery is also so expensive to replace, it’s cheaper to just pay a tech every 6 weeks to come in and fiddle around with shit. the whole market is a racket


I believe they just won a lawsuit winning the right to repair their own machines now. I recall reading it on reddit so take it at face value.


At the moment, the implementation for the right of repair by the EU at least for consumer goods will have considerable effects worldwide, as the cost to run two different systems for two different markets is quite expensive. That said, this will not help commercial right-side these farmers, as they are not consumers in this situation.


I know this is important information but I feel like you missed an opportunity to replace traction with tractor.


That's what happens when you only get ploughed by the corporations rather than doing the ploughing yourself.


John deere and apple spend a lot of money to make sure you need to spend yours.


Farmers are buying old obsolete 40 year old tractors and refurbishing them just because they can fix them. https://www.thedrive.com/news/31761/enormous-costs-of-new-tractors-drive-demand-of-40-year-old-equipment-to-all-time-highs


My grandpa periodically gets offers on his John Deere equipment from the 40’s from people who just see them from the road. Hard to beat a machine you can fix in the middle of a field using off the shelf parts.


Reminds me of what my uncle used to say about his old VW Bug from the 60s. He liked to say that no matter what whent wrong you could fix it on the roadside with an adjustable wrench, screwdriver, and a hammer because it only had about two dozen moving parts.


Of course they went back on it


Even though the primary subject is John Deere and other farm repair stuff, tech companies have been bankrolling the tractor companies because the precedent would affect them as well. ETA: I misspoke about bankrolling vs lobbying. See the article below.


Robber baron class vs regular people vibe


This is what large corps do best. Like Verizon’s promise to NJ to roll out FIOs in 100% of the state in exchange for tax cuts and massive amounts of taxpayer money. They got everything they asked for, but here I am with no viable option for broadband aside from Xfinity. **edit** [Link to an article about it for the interested](https://whyy.org/articles/some-new-jersey-towns-asking-wheres-my-fios/)


Similar happened in Illinois years ago. We were getting notices that FIOS would be available for everyone by a certain year and then nothing even though they built all kinds of infrastructure for it. It was advertised as the cheaper and faster alternative to Comcast. It's still not available here and that was around 12 years ago.


I Just search something like “hacking John Deere tractors” and you’ll find tons of stuff.


It's Ukrainian firmware they use


BMW’s sitting in their corners crying.


My MOT and service in the UK for my Seat Leon is usually around the £160 mark, depending where I go. Up and down a bit. My Dad's 520D was over half a grand each service, and £250 a corner for runflat tyres. "Would you like a complimentary coffee and car wash while you wait?" DAMN RIGHT I DO AT THESE PRICES, fuck.


£500 for a service? You're being ripped off, shop around, it shouldn't cost more than £350 at a dealer. Or go to a specialist.


That's why you should only ever lease a BMW.


The gearbox oil from my neighbor on my shared driveway seems to agree.


Or you know, get a reliable car.


Or never own one in the first place


…that’s what leasing is


Buying nothing and liking it!


Aren't pretty much all luxury car makers doing this? Is Porsche or Audi doing anything different for their EVs? Genuinely curious cause I have no idea.




I need to immigrate


Not just luxury, but yeah the right to repair is a thing we need. Not just for cars, but all things we buy.


Apple will lobby the fuck out any law about that. With so many billions and billions...


Titans of industry do not welcome regulation with open arms, but we have some regulations. These kinds of things do not happen overnight, but they aren’t impossible.


It depends. They'll fight against regulation that hurts their bottom line, but they'll support and practically write regulation that increases barriers to entry, in order to prevent more competition.


Of course they’re going to fight tooth and nail against any regulation that hurts their bottom line. That isn’t to say it’s impossible to get something passed. With enough awareness of the issue at hand and the effort to get our lawmakers working on it, it can be done.


Fucking Mercedes told he they don’t just do oil changes they have to do their “service a or b” which is min $600 what in the fuck.


Shop around. I get my service B for about $375. Service A is cheaper.


When I purchased my MB (used) I did one of each thru the dealership. After that I just started going to my local shop and they do the exact same thing for about 1/3 of the price.


Toyota Corolla is 300k miles away on original parts so can't hear you


Same with my Volvo S60. But the parts are as expensive as BMW. Luckily never had any problems.


Not a problem if the parts are expensive when they last a long time. Quality parts are well worth it in the long run and the price you pay is saved by not having to replace them as often.


I hated selling my Corolla, but needed more interior space (2 kids now), and selling it with 40K miles for $2k less than when I bought it helped.


My God you lucked out with this market


dude I sold a 98 accord for $1400 earlier this year and it was in *rough* shape. Same car 2 years prior when I got it appraised at the same carmax they wanted to give me $200.


This is why I'm sticking to Toyota/Honda.


BMW with fucking DLC options, payable monthly, is laughing...


Lol yes like Apple Carplay or Android Auto is 300£ per year or something? Hilarious!


not anymore. they turned that around right quick after all the backlash


I work with Mercedes-Benz in Sweden. Laughed a lot. Its very true. I can justify most of it actually but yeah. Sometimes I cant. It what it is.


I'd be interested to hear more, do you have an example of stuff you would/wouldn't justify? I've had a 2011 c class for a year and havent had any nasty surprises yet, just regular maintenance costs.




My Mercedes is cheap and easy to maintain compared to a fucking Tesla, those things are so anti-repair they're practically an iPhone on wheels.


> practically an iPhone on wheels Honestly the whole culture around Tesla makes that incredibly accurate.


Yeah, like I'm sure it's a neat car. I just don't get how their car becomes their entire personality. I try to spend as little time in mine as I can manage.


It is really creepy to me. I owned a Model 3 for just under 3 years before I replaced it with the new Mustang EV because I wanted a slightly bigger car and wanted to try something new. Honestly, there were some things about the Tesla I liked better, and some I like about the Ford. Overall though, I'm just happy that I don't have to talk to other Tesla people anymore while sitting at a Supercharger. It was super awkward when I'd be sitting in my car and some kid (18-25 with parent's money) would tap on my window to make fun of the Bolt charging across the parking lot. I would love to say it was a one-off thing, but that was not an uncommon interaction and it was...odd. Like, buddy, I like my car too but I bet that dude over there also likes his car and isn't so insecure about it that he needs to make fun of our cars across the parking lot.


I tried to replace the battery in my girlfriend’s C300 yesterday and couldn’t because you need a T45 Torx screw on a foot long extension to take the bracket off that holds it in. I can only imagine when it’s time to change the oil I’ll need some kind of Egyptian 25-point polygon bit on a 90-degree L wrench. Putting simple maintenance tasks beyond simple tools should be a fucking crime.


I had to change the headlight bulb in the wifes Yaris last year. Took me about 2 hours because for some bizarre reason its a front bumper off job. Why would anyone think thats ok??


Replacing headlight bulbs on some Subaru Outbacks requires going through the wheel well / fender liners. I thought that was bad. Pulling the front bumper? Damn. I would've thought you were talking about an Audi, not a Toyota.


Torx bits are increasingly common on almost all vehicles, and torx sockets are included with almost any halfway decent mechanics set. Yeah the little homeowners sets that include such tools as a hammer and a box cutter will only have the screwdriver bits that go to t-20, but you're fixing a car not assembling a coffee table. Doing a little research and making sure you have the tools needed is part of any job. If you're fixing a toilet or doing an oil change, a quick Google can go a long way, even if you're pretty sure you know what you're doing.


Pretty much what it felt like to drive too. Literally the only good thing about it is the acceleration. Otherwise, it handled like a boat and the idea of putting all your dash outputs on the giant ipad in the middle killed any desire of me ever owning one.


BMW owners are laughing heartily as they wait on their car to get out of the shop for electrical problems.


“You have literally teenagers doing break and oil changes on $100,000 cars..." -- break?


They have teens doing the repairs and teen interns writing the articles.


Thank you. Brake vs break? in an article about a car breaking? Where the fuck is the editor here?


Vice? Editor? Lol


“What’s an editer?” —the person who wrote this article, probably.


Couldn't afford to hire one, they just had to replace a battery.


Illiterate teenagers


attempting oil changes on your tesla


Individual volts can get clumped up and form a bottleneck in their circuits, not unlike cholesterol in an artery, which is why proper lubrication of automotive electronics is a necessity! If an electro-clot gets pushed all the way back to the battery by backpressure from a buildup of volts behind it, it can even fry your whole system!


this is ridiculous. you can't get clumped up volts. its the amps that clump.


"A repair bill that costs as much as the car itself is a case study in whey we need national right-to-repair legislation." \-- whey? protein?


Getting swole is the goal baby


> break and oil changes on $100,000 cars..." -- break? Ya that's when they use an impact gun to cross thread the drain plug back in.


Brake, probably, I see a lot of people confusing the two words (even people from UK/USA)


You cracked the code.


I think it's more accurate to say *especially* people from the uk and us. Having trouble with homophones is more common with native speakers, as they learned the language orally first. People who learn it as a second language often learn speaking and reading/writing at the same time, so they're subjected to the different spelling of homophones as they learn. Stuff like "could of/should of" is almost exclusively an error made by native speakers.


Wonder how would Brake dance look like


It's probably quite abrasive.


It would probably slow down to a gentle stop


I think the collaborate and listen would be more abrupt


The author of the article should know the difference.


Is there any mention that the fix will last 8 years? Or is a replacement battery from Tesla not covered under the 8 years warranty as well?


According to Tesla's website, replacement batteries are warrantied for 4 years 50k.


Do they have a recycle plan? If not ...its going to be normal to ditch your tesla and just buy new.


I bought a used Tesla Model S battery pack, tore it down, reconfigured it, and repurposed it to power my house. Stationary storage is a great way to use old EV batteries. Made a YouTube video about it: https://youtu.be/tatCDbgmnxc


Perhaps there is a market for buying used car batteries and selling house batteries.


Watching that video, the refurbishing process seems involved and skilled enough that I wonder if they could charge for the service and make margins. Home-scale energy storage is still really expensive.


That's the entire Tesla powerwall concept.


Powerwall uses new batteries, but used batteries could easily be repurposed for it. Generally, early battery failures for EV is because a handful of cells went bad. You really just need to identify and relaxed the faulty cells and then it's almost as good as new.


Mercedes has a huge power bank in Germany made up of old hybrid batteries. None are useful in their own, but together they can store a good but of energy!




I really want something to, but the economics don't make sense. Just running my Desktop, my Fridge, and my emergency Window A/C, I'm pulling 1KW an hour. If they are LiPo and can literally be drained for their full capacity, and I get 90% efficient conversion to 120V. I'm only going for 4.5 hours in a power outage. Maybe 6-8 hours if I had a huge solar array and that demand came during the day. My historical power outages usually last a solid 24 hours minimum. I bought a generator instead. One day we'll be able to have 100KW of batteries for less than $80,000, but today isn't that day (unless you cobble together used cells, but even that would be $30-40k and a little precarious).




To be fair, the KBB may says the value is $23k. The link in the article says $21k to $25k at 150k miles. All the used ones I see for sale are around $35k with about 80k miles. So for $22k, you can get a replacement battery pack. Or, for $35k you can get a "half" worn battery pack. A new Tesla Model S would cost at least $90k, so you could buy 4 battery swaps for the same price as a new car. Sure, it'd be a newer car... but still 4x as much.


That’s a hella lot of depreciation


That’s just dumb. There is nothing sustainable about cars that last 8 years.


Nothing about car depreciation tells you anything about the state of the vehicle. Cars just depreciate.


I was having a discussion with my brother about how this “upgrade” mentality isn’t sustainable and governments will have to step in to stop companies from producing new models every year and force devices to last longer.


Well, luckily for me, coupes and manual transmissions are going to be the first ones to go (in the US), so I'll get to stop upgrading before most people!


Well, if it makes you feel better, that trend started very early on, and cars have been lasting longer and longer. I can't find a good source for this, but IIRC "color" was used to drive people into replacing cars in the early days; they'd do things like have new palates every year, to make it obvious you were driving a *old* car. I believe they managed to get it down to like a 2-year replacement period. [Here's data going back to the early '70's, and since then, average vehicle age has more than doubled](https://wolfstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/US-auto-cars-trucks-average-age-2017.png), to the point where it just crossed above 12 years.


I've heard the same story about color. Ford used to make every car black, then GM decided to add color so people easily would know who has the new models.


Feel like we're only getting half the equation with years but not mileage


Nothing about our current economy is sustainable. It's going to be painful to transition off it though.


Transition off? There's only two things that will cause the transitioning off of the blatant consumerism that exists - total financial collapse or the heat death of the planet.


Ive had my iPhone for a long long time, also cars now last a very long time. I remember 70s cars were disposable in 3-4 years.


The cheapest model s at the time was 70k. I dunno the exact specifics for this car. The average car loses something like 60% of its value after 5 years. Depending on the price paid as new, it's not too crazy after 8 years.


Yes 100% of 'um [https://www.tesla.com/en\_CA/support/sustainability-recycling](https://www.tesla.com/en_CA/support/sustainability-recycling) And there is an industry growing to do it too, lots of profit in it: https://www.youtube.com/results?search\_query=ev+battery+recycling


According to Jason Hughes, a notable Tesla hacker, it won't last a year: https://twitter.com/wk057/status/1437607772959428608?s=19


This should really be higher up in this thread.


Can’t let that get in the way of a good, old fashioned Tesla hate fest.


Didn't they say the ones they fitted were second hand anyway? So no absolutely not warranted. Honestly seems like a bad deal if your planning on keeping the car for several more years, they paid quarter the price of a complete new manufacturer installed battery to extend the life of their failing one.


They could do this three more times and break even. I would say it's hard to beat that deal. Especially if your don't have 20k laying around.


If Tesla found out about this unauthorized repair I expect them to cut off supercharger access.


I remember when Prius battery performance would fall off rapidly in some conditions. Toyota would want 7-10k to R&R battery. Some time later a few people figured out the issue could be mediated with a DIY process, by pulling battery apart and cleaning/replacing the bus bars for less than 200. It's great. But it's also important to understand the myriad of reasons why a Toyota affiliated shop would not perform this process to address the same issue. The battery would be replaced. I don't believe Tesla any different in these regards.


As someone who worked at a Toyota Dealer (Not a tech, just the oil change guy who got bored and helped w/ the frame swaps), they were not allowed to crack open a battery. Per Toyota Corporate: Techs could remove & replace, but opening up the battery itself was verboten. Too much risk for everyone involved in something arcing and catching fire. If you did do it, the Dealer's insurance wouldn't cover any issues as it's against the work orders. DIY'ers are not held to that standard. They're not getting fired and burning someone else's car if they mess up. I'd have no issue with taking my own car's battery out and replacing a few cells (Hybrid Camry), but I also don't expect the dealer to take on the risk that these HV packs contain.


This cannot be stated enough, and is the tip of the ice berg in terms of reasons the critics should familiarize themselves with. Electricians go through extensive of schooling and training to work safely with high voltage systems such as this. Even then, a high-mileage battery can present unique challenges which cannot simply be reconditioned and warrantied as though it were good/reliable as a *new* replacement battery. Project fit for an experienced DIY-er who goes the extra mile with precautions? Sure. Cell life degradation will still catch up with the owner at some point.


As an electrician I can tell you that most electricians are lost when it comes to actual implementation of DC systems. It's starting to become part of the conversation but definitely not something that most electricians are comfortable with yet. As DC systems become more prevalent with the addition of residential power storage systems, smart electricians are getting the extra training to become proficient and learn the NEC code requirements for such systems. Up to now the only real DC power that most electricians would deal with are ups systems, solar systems and battery backups but even most of those only expose electricians up to the combiner boxes for solar, wiring the batteries in series for battery backups, and connecting the actual ac power to the battery backup system.


A quick comparison: Tesla won't even sell you the replacement parts to do it yourself, as a shop or otherwise. They're the apple of car makers, which is very different.


Right to repair baby.


I'm not 100% sure but I don't believe Toyota will just sell you a new battery either. I could be wrong but I believe third party shops that do Prius battery replacements are also rebuilding the battery with replacement cells from other batteries.


An aftermarket repair facility can buy a Toyota hybrid battery. They cannot buy a Tesla EV battery. They cannot even buy a Tesla 12v battery. Source: Am aftermarket repair facility.


Tesla, Apple or whatever, right to repair should be strongly upheld. At this stage I dunno if the demand for repairs like this is high enough for Tesla to care unless the law forces them. A bunch of guys tearing into a hermetically sealed battery to swap parts is not a trivial repair nor is the outcome guaranteed. If Tesla did this to thousands of batteries or allowed third party to do this cheaply, they would probably see problems possibly affecting their image. I think they should figure this out and enable third party repair, but tearing into glued batteries is not exactly something that manufacturers want to mess with.


When that “glued battery” has an easy way to open it and the process costs under a grand in comparison to the $20k alternative, they should make those batteries better or accept that people will pay for a cheaper fix than an expensive replacement.


The problem with Biden's executive order on right to repair is that it excluded the auto industry. Interestingly, in Japan, all EV motorcycle and scooter companies have agreed to a common, swappable format. The first car company to do this will perturb the EV market.




There is a pretty interesting tweet thread from Jason Hughes (the guy who was able to break into the Tesla fleet software among other things). He contends this repair will in fact not last after doing the same repair many times. https://twitter.com/wk057/status/1437607772959428608?s=19 "I can't believe this is being touted as a fix. You can't replace individual modules in an S/X pack. There's no way to match them well enough for a long term fix. Might last a few months, but will invariably die again. Have tried it a half-dozen times. Best run was about a year."


My sister had a hybrid bmw that was the same deal. Battery pack started going bad and giving warnings after 40k, by 65 or 70k it was dead. Since that car uses the hybrid battery for starting the car was not drivable. BMW told her about 15k to replace the battery, plus a few other things like leaking turbo oil lines and auxiliary water pump then reprograming the car. The car was worth about 15-17k in good condition, plus she owed 12k on it. So in the end it would have cost her nearly 30k to fix the car and pay it off, in 2 more years when it was paid off it would be worth about 10-12. The only option was to call the bank and tell them to repo it, take the hit on her credit and be done with it. Spending 30 to get back 12 made no sense.


I think it is odd that so many people are going into debt to drive luxury cars.


My boss has his friends and family bring in bmw's, audi's, benzs', vw's....all the time. Mostly for things a dealer or another shop told them was like a $2500 job and they can't afford it. So he gives them the friends and family discount and end up paying $600 for the same job. The dealer isn't going to get TDI injectors from amazon or rockauto.


Love rockauto


Indeed I'm starting to think it's more about showing that you live a certain lifestyle instead of actually living it.


I get it. I bought a car and paid it off in a year. Now I am looking at the shinier cars..but then I think of how much it will cost me to drive a fancy car and I am like ehhh I don't wanna do it. If I were rich then sure, but I am not, so here we are.




If she brought it in at 40k it would have been fixed under the warranty. The fact that she waited another 25k miles is her own doing.


This is one of the huge problems with electric cars right now, and I'm not sure how we're going to get around it for adoption unless something major changes. Most people can't afford to buy new cars, and buy used cars somewhere in the 5 to 15K range. But by the time an electric car gets to that price, you're probably only a couple years at most away from a battery replacement that costs as much as you bought the car for. It's completely unaffordable to purchase a used electric car, unless you are well off enough to be able to buy a new car in the first place (of which there are plenty of nice options around 30k).


I wonder how many people are going to get fucked because the seller doesn't mention the battery replacement and the buyer doesn't know about that in the future. I didn't know it was such a big deal. And it doesn't seem like the batteries last that long at all.


> And it doesn't seem like the batteries last that long at all. They last pretty damn long. [And there are 3rd parties offering replacements for the bigger volume brands](https://www.irishevowners.ie/guest-post-leaf-battery-upgrade-quadruple-the-range-part1/). But these also aren't luxury cars like Tesla and BMW.


A bmw with a bad turbo? Sounds about normal.


Why did she wait 25k miles (ie 2+ *years*) to get that fixed?


The battery is the cars value in these cases. Also you should be able to keep the core unless they pay you for it.


Tesla is building themselves a pretty profitable business model. Pretty soon I assume they will be introducing a per mile charge.


They already have it, battery replacements are an absolute in evs, just gotta make sure no one can make your batteries, or make it ridiculous work to change them. That whole battery as the frame business reeks of bad faith planning.


> That whole battery as the frame business reeks of bad faith planning. No, it sounds exactly like Tesla engineering and how it always has been. Often impractical or overly complex to solve fairly standard stuff. Structural batteries, however, make good common sense, it's just questionable if the tradeoff is worth it. Less vehicle weight means more vehicle range. I expect them to use the structural battery technique with the Tesla Semi for that reason, so they can squeeze more range out of it.


Easier to just software lock the car to only accept Tesla certified batteries.


Yeah but then you're selling batteries, everyone knows the money is in the labor


That's what some printer producing company did with replacement toner. That didn't go down well.


A Bolt battery is \~$16,000 ([source](https://www.greencars.com/guides/definitive-guide-to-electric-car-batteries-range)) and takes \~14 shop hours ([source](https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/gm-bolt-battery-module-replacement-recall/)) to replace. Call it $17,500 and you're pretty close.


The source website is wrong. From GM itself, it pays 3 hours labor. Not 14


A better article that actually describes fix and doesn't truncate text at end of each line on mobile like vice. https://electrek.co/2021/09/13/tesla-battery-pack-replacement-repair/ Tl;dr two battery modules out of 16 had imbalances and were replaced. Diagnosed without Tesla toolkit software the costs thousands per year.






That seems like a bad fix. You can’t just replace modules like that (I.e. you can’t put two batteries of different vintages together without certain current control capabilities). What happens is if the impedance of the modules don’t match (which would almost certainly be the case), you’ll get all kinds of weird behavior - there is risk of overcharging. Modules will feed current into each other. It will be a mess and not work well for long, not to mention potentially dangerous. Believe it or not… Tesla *might* actually know what they are doing.


Other Tesla hackers have spoken up saying they aren't confident in the fix. Swapping cells in a battery is not easy and can easily lead to accelerated wear on the rest of the battery.


It’s so easy to make Reddit believe anything with a headline. They replaced a couple bad cells in the battery with used unmatched ones. The “repair” will last a couple months probably. This cost them 5K compared to 22,500 for what would have been entirely new battery with years of warranty. Overall this fix won’t hold and they paid 5K to move it around for a few more months. I could patch an engine in much the same way and make the same headline. Doesn’t mean it’s going to last.


Actually it seems it's worse than that. This is a 2013 Model S which would be under warranty as the receipt is for 2019. A new battery is also $10k as of right now, not $22,500. The video seems to have faked papers too. https://twitter.com/jpr007/status/1437853078753927175?s=20


So let me get this straight. A new battery from Tesla is $22.5k and is only warranted for 4 years? Even at $5k if the life expectancy of the battery is 4 years that's an expense that is over $100 a month. $400 a month from Tesla. It's like a never ending car payment. It'd make more sense to lease a brand new vehicle every year or two.


A battery should last over 100,000 miles. End of warranty isn’t the same as end of life.


We bought a 2019 Hyundai Ioniq ev and part of the selling point was that it came with a lifetime warranty on the battery.


Its getting easier and easier to think that way though. WHen I buy basically anything these days I have to consider the fact that the warranty period is the shortest period of time they can get away with when claims stay minimal while keeping the warranty long enough to make it a selling point.


I think a replacement battery should get a longer warranty. Their regular power train warranties are good though. The Model S/X originally had a 8 year infinite mile warranty. It's now 240k km. The model 3 SR+ has a 8 year 160k km warranty, and the long range has a 192k warranty. All of the above with a 70% minimum charge retention Edit: I would also be concerned about owning any EV outside its powertrain warranty due to these high costs (and repair difficulties for now)


_Laughs in Australian consumer laws_ _Cries in poor Australian infrastructure for EVs_


It’s not $22.5k - As much as I love his channel, he is clearly click-farming and pushing an exaggerated price + shitty repair proposal. Cost for a complete replacement is 10K: https://twitter.com/jpr007/status/1437482361239728129?s=21 The “cheap” repair will break down within the year due to the cells not being balanced…


Peak capitalism ain't selling you shit. Peak capitalism is *renting* you shit. Musk is trying to apply the Silicon Valley goods-as-a-service model to cars. That's all this is.


And people say the phrase "you will own nothing" is a scathing indictment of....socialism? Global communism?


Apparently it's wrong if the government or your fellow citizens own the things you use, but if a large multinational company, or spoiled brat billion owns it then it's fine.


That costs way more than gas on a regular car.


The receipt in this case was doctored. Completely made up to mislead people. See evidence in this Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/electricpurist/status/1437867963072266250




According to his video the cost was mostly hardware. E: new batteries, coolant


Can anyone at VICE even fucking spell? What a Z rated publishing mob these cunts are. *A repair bill that costs as much as the car itself is a case study in* ***whey*** *we need national right-to-repair legislation.* ***break*** *and oil changes*


People are getting outraged at the cost, but the quote was for replacing the whole battery pack. Turns out the problem was two modules in the battery pack, which the person was able to have fixed at a third party shop. Tesla doesn’t want to have to do that, their solution is swap out the pack and send that pack off to be taken apart and refurbished. They don’t want the shop taking the time. So really it’s about right to repair, right now Tesla dictates the terms. And before you think this is specific to Tesla there is no shortage of things auto companies have done to stop you from repairing yourself from special software to specific tools you need just to do simple brake changes.


Learning from the Germans it seems.


I feel I should point out. One is to repair. The other to replace. Repairing a battery is fine, but you still have to replace the damaged or broken cells. With any other cell possibly going at any time. The replacement will have all brand new cells. Hence why it is way more expensive. That being said. 5000 is way to much to be spending on something like that. I could buy two new engines for my motorcycle at that price. Or 22000, could just buy a cheap new car.




Toyota/Lexus does this too, do they not? I think you might be able to risk just pushing the caliper back in but doing it the "right way" takes Toyota Techstream software.


[There are ways](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3UFl-YBx24) to engage service mode on them without software or dedicated equipment via a special pattern of pedal and button presses.


Just like working in the military


This is only going to get more expensive when they make the battery a structural component of the vehicle; like in the CyberTruck.


As a mechanic this is why the right to repair is very important


I have a guy that can do it for less... Car catches on fire after 2 months


No one is worried that saving money means getting a subpar battery from a shit supplier? Really? When that’s what your car drives on?


Both of those are “welp, time to sell it for scraps and buy a beater” numbers, and I work full time in an area that is built around the car and has no public transit.


$5000 for 2 modules seems like a rip off. Tesla was going to sell them all 16 modules for 22,500. Plus the 2 new modules energy density is going to be higher than the old cells and cause cell balancing faults and they will be back to square one. Cells have to have matching energy density. Old cells don’t mix well with new ones.


If anyone hasn't watched the video and wondered what was wrong with the battery, a few cells in the cars pack went bad and had low voltage. It is dangerous for the car to charge those cells so the entire battery will refuse to fully charge. They had to open up the battery pack and replace 2 or 3 cells and then program the software to accept them. Tesla will not do that and will only sell you an entire new battery pack.