Watch what happens when the Tesla Model 3 screen is smashed with a hammer while driving



A tech YouTuber Taras Maksimuk has performed a very interesting experiment on a Tesla Model 3, the center touchscreen display was smashed to pieces during the drive (video and replacement cost below).

This test gave us a couple of new findings about the durability of the screen and what happens when a Tesla car’s center infotainment screen malfunctions or breaks while driving.

The outcomes of this experiment should also be considered valid for the other Tesla vehicles in the line, the Model Y, Model S, and Model X as well. Tesla Model Y actually has the same screen as the Model 3 because of platform sharing between the two Teslas.

Tesla Accessories by EVANNEX.
– Sponsored –

Kudos to Taras who took the courage to destroy a beautiful thing such as the Model 3 center screen with a hammer.

The center touchscreen in the Model 3 and Model Y is the only display for both the instrument cluster (speed, Autopilot, light indications, etc.) and the Tesla UI for functions such as HVAC, in-car entertainment, maps, etc. The higher-end Model S/X have separate screens for the instrument cluster and the UI elements, in fact, the new 2021 Model S and Model X vehicles have 3 screens.

Tesla Model 3 center screen after sustaining light to medium hammer hits.
Tesla Model 3 center screen after sustaining light to medium hammer hits. Credits: TechRax / YouTube (full video below).

The center screen of the Tesla sustained the light to medium hits very well, just a few signs of the bruises on the area where the hammer was continually hit (see pic above).

After receiving multiple medium hits, the screen was still functioning and the user interface kept working, even the touch sensitivity was not lost. The car also kept driving without any issues or warning or a nagging sound that there is something wrong being done with the car.

Tesla Model 3 center touchscreen smashes after sustaining hard hits with a hammer.
Tesla Model 3 center touchscreen smashes after sustaining hard hits with a hammer. Credits: TechRax / YouTube (full video below).

It took a couple of really hard hits of the hammer to completely shut off the Tesla center screen, it peeled off the mounting panel afterward and even when the cable behind it was unplugged, the car kept driving without any problem.

It is proved that the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y center touchscreen display is quite durable even if it looks like an externally mounted iPad and the car is still drivable with the fully damaged and unplugged center screen.

More interestingly, the driver of the Model 3 was able to drive the car even after parking it for about half an hour.

Using the Tesla Mobile App, the driver was able to see vital information like speed and temperature and even change HVAC settings, play music, etc.

Cost of replacing the damaged Tesla Model 3 screen

To get the details of the cost of this damage, Taras took the Tesla Model 3 to a Tesla service center in California to find out the cost of its replacement (see table below). This cost should be considered the same or very close for the Model Y as well.

Total parts$1320.00
Total labor$61.50
Total amount$1,477.20
*All amounts are in USD. **California tax as the screen was replaced in this state.

Related: Replacement cost of a damaged Tesla Model 3 windshield

Stay tuned for more, follow us on: Google News | Flipboard | RSS (Feedly).

Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

Latest News

Cybertruck takes Monaco Hairpin turn with ease using 4-wheel steering, steals attention from ultra-luxury cars

Fairmont Hairpin Curve is a popular tourist destination in  Monte Carlo, Monaco — and what better place is to...

Chuck Cook tests Tesla FSD v12.4.1 at his difficult unprotected left turn (video)

It has been almost two weeks since Tesla started rolling out FSD v12.4.1 to a limited number of external...

Cheaper non-Foundation Tesla Cybertruck production to start in Q3 2024

During the Tesla (TSLA) Annual Shareholder Meeting Q & A session last week, the CEO Elon Musk gave an...

Tesla investors approve Elon Musk’s $56B pay package, he shares the vision for a $25T market cap

Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk was more than happy as he danced his way to the presentation floor at...
- Advertisement -

Flight 4 Starship survives reentry burn and makes a successful splashdown landing

Yesterday’s Starship launch (Flight 4/IFT-4) accomplished all of its goals. The successful launch and reentry of both Super Heavy...

SpaceX announces new Starship Flight 4 date, adds Hot-stage Jettison to the timeline, more

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has announced the earliest date of Starship Flight 4 i.e. 6th June 2024. The spaceflight company...

Starship updates: New Flight 4 schedule, watch full stack test, developments at Starbase, more

SpaceX’s orbital launch site in Starbase, Texas had a tough work routine this past week with multiple operations going...

Tesla Tips & Tricks

Even red wine doesn’t stain Tesla white seats (video)

Tesla's futuristic white interior option is the most popular...

Here’s how to clean jeans stains from white seats of your Tesla Model S, 3, X, or Y

The white interior is the most popular option among...

Tesla Quarterly Reports & Eearnings

- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended for You