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Click & Clack Talk Cars “The Tappet Brothers’’ By Ray Magliozzi Put your tesla to the test BY RAY MAGLIOZZI Dear Car Talk: moving parts. I recently bought a Tesla Of course, the engine (or Model 3. electric motor in the case My previous car was a 2008 of your Tesla) isn’t the only Mini Clubman S. I enjoyed thing that can be harmed by the Clubman immensely, hard acceleration. Every part mostly for its legendary “Go- of the car’s suspension gets stressed from all that force, kart handling.” along with every nut and bolt Occasionally, I would enjoy punching the accelerator to that holds the car together. experience the full effect of the turbocharger. The turbo would, at times, even be important for avoiding dicey traffic situations. So, it’s not pain-free. And if you drive an electric car hard, you’ll eventually develop squeaks, rattles and failed suspension parts like I know that driving you would on any other car. a gasoline engine hard But it is a heck of a lot of fun! can shorten its lifespan, I think you have it about especially over time. right, Jim. Once in a while, it’s My question is whether hard acceleration has the same effect on electric cars. It’s not that I plan to drive like a drag racer, but punching the Tesla can be so darn fun (within the posted speed limit, of course!). fine to punch the accelerator if that makes you smile. And if you’re concerned about the long-term ramifications, put a dollar in the console between the seats every time you floor it. That’ll help pay for the wheel What’s your take? -- Jim bearings, struts, ball joints I don’t think electric motors and tie rods you’ll eventually really care how hard you need. “punch” them, Jim. They’re *** designed to go from zero to Got a question about cars? 100% in an instant, and don’t Write to Ray in care of King experience the same kind of Features, 628 Virginia Drive, mechanical stresses that Orlando, FL 32803, or email internal combustion engines by visiting the Car Talk do. website at There are no moving *** pistons, no rings, no (c) 2018 by Ray Magliozzi crankshaft, no connecting and Doug Berman rods or bearings. That’s one Distributed by King of the great advantages of electric motors. Many fewer Features Syndicate, Inc.

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