Tesla Windshield Replacement: A Comprehensive Guide

Tesla Windshield Replacement: A Comprehensive Guide


Tesla vehicles are renowned for their cutting-edge technology and unique design features, one of which is the windshield. A Tesla windshield does more than protect you from the elements; it’s an integral part of the vehicle’s structure and houses sensors for the Autopilot system. Therefore, understanding the nuances of windshield replacement and maintenance is crucial for any Tesla owner.

When to Replace Your Tesla Windshield

Windshield damage can range from minor chips to significant cracks. According to Tesla’s repair guidelines, the decision to repair or replace the windshield depends on both the severity and location of the damage. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Area 1: No repairs are allowed in this area, which includes the Frit area, the camera’s field of view, and the passenger side of the windshield. Damage here necessitates a full replacement.
  • Area 2: Minor cracks shorter than 50 mm and chips less than 50 mm wide may be repairable.
  • Area 3: This area allows for the repair of rock chips and spherical damage up to 25 mm in diameter, provided the damage is only in the exterior layer of glass.

“Caution: If there is damage to the inner layer of glass, the windshield is not repairable and must be replaced.”

Choosing the Right Service for Replacement

Tesla recommends using only approved windshield and roof glass repair kits. For the actual replacement process, owners should refer to the service manual or consult a Tesla-certified repair shop. The replacement cost can vary, but it’s essential to ensure that the new windshield is installed correctly to maintain the vehicle’s safety and functionality

Insurance and Warranty Considerations

Before proceeding with a windshield replacement, check your insurance policy to see if it covers such repairs. Additionally, review your Tesla warranty, as some windshield issues might be covered under it.

Maintenance Tips

To prolong the life of your windshield and avoid potential replacements:

  • Regularly clean your windshield with products approved by Tesla.
  • Avoid following closely behind large vehicles that might kick up debris.
  • Park your Tesla in shaded areas to prevent excessive heat exposure, which can exacerbate existing damage.


Maintaining the integrity of your Tesla’s windshield is vital for your safety and the vehicle’s performance. By adhering to Tesla’s guidelines and seeking professional assistance when needed, you can ensure that your Tesla continues to provide the exceptional driving experience it’s known for.



Tesla, Inc. was not involved in the development of this document and did not provide any input or otherwise edit, review or authorize it.