Does Tesla Have a Check Engine Light?

No! Tesla does not have a check engine light. 

Remember, Teslas operate on motors and a large battery pack instead of a standard engine, so there is no need for a check engine light. Even so, a Tesla has a touch screen or a phone app that displays an error when mechanical problems occur.

Generally, these errors are warning signs when something is wrong with your Tesla. Surprisingly, some car owners ignore these lights. This can lead to gradual deterioration of the car and compromised safety features.

Sometimes, Tesla warnings malfunction, which can lead to persistent problems in your vehicle. If this happens, a California Lemon Car Law Attorney can help you seek possible legal relief from the dealer or manufacturer.

The Error light comes on and off

There could be many reasons behind intermittent light. Although this doesn’t necessarily pose an immediate problem, it’s advisable to consult your dealer mechanic for further review.

The Error Light Stays On

Visit the dealer to check whether the antipollution system has a problem.

The Display Lights Stays on Coupled With Performance Issues

The inboard Tesla computer system activates security mode after detecting a severe mechanical problem. Consequently, the car will drive in a degraded mode—with loss of power— to save the vehicle from a major engine failure.

At this stage, it’s advisable to arrange towing service for your dealer.

Common Technical Issues of a Tesla

  • Faulty Transmission: The transmission of a Tesla can develop problems when a pump or cooler is not functioning well. Besides the error on the touch screen, the half shafts may produce clicking sounds. In other models, the car may rattle when the car accelerates.
  • Occasional Loss of Power: Tesla had issues with loss of power for the Tesla Model 3 — manufactured between 2019-2022. Suddenly the car displays a message ‘’stop the car immediately; the car can no longer be driven’’.
  • Faulty Steering System: Tesla acknowledged the problem and recalled over 123 000 Model S cars. The defective steering defect makes it difficult to drive at low speeds. Even so, it has an insignificant impact on control at high speeds.
  • Unexpected Acceleration: Consumers registered numerous complaints about the sudden acceleration of Model X, Model S, and Model 3. However, following an independent examination by NHTSA, the issue was attributed to driver error as opposed to design defects.

How Can Lemon Laws Help?

A vehicle owner with a problematic Tesla is entitled to relief under California lemon laws. If the manufacturer or dealer can’t fix a problematic Tesla after reasonable attempts, they must either:

  • Replace the vehicle, or
  • Refund the purchase price consisting of the deposit, monthly payments, taxes, incidental expenses, and attorney fees. However, the manufacturer can deduct the usage fee of the miles the consumer enjoyed before reporting the material defect.

Speak to an Experienced Lemon Car Law Attorney

It’s difficult to rely on a Tesla with persistent mechanical issues. Moreover, the defective parts are expensive and sometimes out of stock. With that in mind, it’s essential to work closely with an experienced lemon car attorney like LemonLaw123 to find a solution.

Contact us online or call us at 657-529-5239 for a free case review.

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