At the Car Wash...

At the Car Wash...

Well, that was interesting...

I went to the car wash yesterday, got there right before closing. I got the whole "What kind of car is that?!?! from the guy that started me up...And by the time I got through the wash, everyone that works at the place (with the exception of the female cashier) came out and crowded around the car to have a look at it. The two brothers that work there even got their dad (the owner) to come out and look at it...He said "Wow, I was just reading about this car!!! This is the first one we've had here! He seemed about as excited to see it and have it at his place as I was to get it delivered before New Years! They all asked tons of questions, and marveled at the styling of the car, the huge touch screen, and it being all electric. I swear, I bet they fuss over Lamborghini's less! It was quite an interesting experience...I've had people remark about the car and ask me questions, but never in a group like that.

Some things to note: I followed the instructions in the Owners Guide about putting the car in Neutral and keeping it there (Raising the car up, putting it in Jack mode, and then manually turning the car off on the touch screen)...But, as soon as I got out of the car, it popped back into Park. Hmmmm. So, they told me to stay in the car (which the normally don't let you do at this car wash) to keep it in Neutral...Which worked, but even still, about half-way through we hit a bump and the car slammed back into Park. They had to emergency-stop the wash and let me get it set back into Neutral...It was a little disconcerting, to say they least! But that was the only hiccup, we made it through fine after that.

One last note: While they were drying the car off, I popped the Frunk (I'm still having a hard time saying that with a straight face though, so I usually just say 'the hood,' or 'the bonnet'), and there was a fair amount of water around the flat edges of the storage area under the hood...I didn't seem to have dripped down into the storage area, but I was not thrilled to see that. FYI, this was not a "Brushless" caar wash, but it's the only car wash anywhere near here...And we survived ;)

lightly | January 5, 2013

Thats a bit disconcerting
Guess I'll be hand washing mine when I get it.

Jagbert | January 5, 2013

Seriously, fruck the "frunk".

BYT | January 5, 2013
drp | January 5, 2013

I also wonder about the carwash. It is not practical for me to wash the car every three days in the winter given that there is often salt or slush on the roads in northern Illinois, assuming we ever get snow. i don't have my car yet, probably February or early March. I do plan on using the car wash all the time and I do stay in the car at that particular wash. It's brushless with a few drag clothes over the roof. I always dry it myself anyway.

c2tb | January 5, 2013

BYT 1+

docdac | January 5, 2013

I have been using a self serve car wash and letting it air dry as I drive off , and that doesn't seem to be a problem as long as the temp is above about 30 deg F. Otherwise, I would need to bring a towel (microfiber) to dry it off by hand

Robert22 | January 5, 2013

I used a touchless wash recently and the power wash was sufficient to push water onto the sill around the base of the door. No water actually in the car but when you open the door it may be a little surprising to see it on the ledge as you step out. Repair center says this is normal. For those shaking their heads and asking why some of us don't hand wash, it can be difficult to impossible if you live in a condo, and with the salt and sand in the northeast right now you want a thorough undercarriage wash. The touchless does a great job as I'm sure the brushless would. Not ready to risk the soft cloths just yet though.

Schlermie | January 5, 2013

Did you run your car through the wash with 21" wheels or 19" wheels? I know at least one person who ruined his 21" wheels, getting pulled through the car wash.

(BYT 1+)

TheAustin | January 5, 2013

Robert22, yes, there was water on the sill around the base of my door too, I forgot about that until you mentioned it. Glad that at least it stayed there and didn't make it all the way inside.

Schlermie, I have 21s on right now, although I plan to swap out for 19s in the winter, as soon as they come back in stock. Of course, that doesn't help me right now, or in the summer when i put the 21s back on. I checked them out, they look fine, so maybe the track at this particular car wash is more forgiving. [Crosses fingers!]

drp | January 5, 2013

Hmmm....may have to hand wash

b.lafuente | January 5, 2013

And I was all excited to continue using car washing service in San Francisco until they had to realize their biz ops / biz model wasn't panning out and closed up shop (in the midst of some kind of clever pivot they say they are planning).

Oh well.

b.lafuente | January 5, 2013

And I was all excited to continue using car washing service in San Francisco until they had to realize their biz ops / biz model wasn't panning out and closed up shop (in the midst of some kind of clever pivot they say they are planning).

Oh well.

RAUDIKAL | August 23, 2014

I called my local Tesla service center to find out how to keep car in neutral through car wash and Tesla service advisor to only hand wash and no under carriage high pressure wash. He said that a pull in manual wash is fine but advised against using mechanical car washes. In the past with the my Model S and other cars, I have used soft cloth car washes which use fresh water or filtered recycled water. Has anyone else been told this?

I see posts referring to hand washing at car washes and don't know of any in Toledo, Ohio or Ann Arbor, Michigan area. Any recommendations from owners in this area?

Pilot_51 @US-MI | August 23, 2014

The owner's manual says on page 103, if using an automatic car wash, to only use touchless. I'm in Metro Detroit and I know of one manual car wash along my commute on Hall Rd. I have not found any touchless automatic car washes in the area. I've been washing mine by hand every couple weekends in my driveway using a foam gun, multi-select spray nozzle, bucket, water blade, and several microfiber towels. I've almost never washed cars before my Model S. Despite the hard well water, I've learned after a few washes how to effectively prevent the water spots and get my car looking like new. I don't yet know how I'm going to keep it clean when winter comes.

Mathew98 | August 23, 2014

Try Optimum No Rinse in the winter.

auger | August 23, 2014

I've heard nothing but good things about Optimum No Rinse. I have yet to try it, though. It sounds like a great winter/condo solution.

carlk | August 23, 2014

ONR is like magic. You have to use it to believe it.

Gadfly | August 24, 2014

The best strategy to keep the car clean in the winter is to move to Arizona.

Grinnin'.VA | August 24, 2014

@Gadfly | AUGUST 24, 2014

"The best strategy to keep the car clean in the winter is to move to Arizona."

Don't they have dust storms in the winter there?

Ron :)

renwo S alset | August 24, 2014

I'll second (third?) Optimum No Rinse. Also, the California Car Dust is a must. | August 24, 2014

No a fan of water blades or Car Dusters - the inevitably pick up crap which scratches the finish.


Pilot_51 @US-MI | August 24, 2014

Looks like I'll be giving ONR a try, though I don't think it is the answer to my winter dilemma since it still requires water. It's risky using an outside faucet when it's well below freezing (single digits or lower, Fahrenheit) and I would probably be covering my car with a sheet of ice. Not to mention I won't want to spend more than a few minutes outside in those temperatures. I think I'd rather leave my car dirty all winter if I didn't have to worry about the salt. Michigan winters can be harsh, especially like last winter when it got to -14F.

LEvans | August 24, 2014

So how does ONR work? IS it used with the two bucket method? I'm worried it will scratch the car when the same micro fiber cloth is used... Do you use several micro fiber cloths during the wash? It seems to have amazing reviews on Amazon.

I'm looking for a quick and easy way to wash my own car after my local car wash damaged my car and then got into a huge argument with me.

LEvans | August 24, 2014

@TheAustin: You mentioned that while in the carwash your car abruptly went into park. Is it because you may have shifted your weight?

On the forums I've read of a "feature" that puts the car in Park if it senses that the driver's seat is not occupied and some have complained in the past that if they shift their weight around that it sometimes causes the car to go into park. Could this be what happened?

IMHO this is a ready dumb feature as you may lean over to get something from the glove compartment or raise your bottom a bit to get your wallet out but in either of those case if there is traffic behind you, it is probably not best for the car to slam into Park just because you shifted your derriere.

Pilot_51 @US-MI | August 24, 2014

@omarsultan After trying to use the water blade on the paint once, I learned it just doesn't work very well for that purpose because it sticks and jumps when it hits any dry paint surface. For glass, it works great. I dry all other surfaces with two dry microfiber towels to soak and spread the water thin, preventing water spots.

genedr @ny-us | August 25, 2014

another possible winter no-water wash. I have not tried it, though.

love to know what people use once the buckets become impractical (frozen).

sbeggs | August 25, 2014

cue soundtrack to "Car Wash" every time I see this topic!

Red Sage ca us | August 26, 2014

Tell them it's a... Rose Royce...

Goose | August 26, 2014

I've been told that you don't wash a Tesla

You bathe a Tesla. :-)