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Encourage @elon to create a car wash mode. Or even have an API that lets owners create their own modes as combinations of existing features (windows, up, wipers off, gear in neutral, ...).





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Model 3 and car washes;

Page 135 of the owner's manual states, “If washing in an automatic car wash, use touchless car washes only. These car washes have no parts (brushes, etc.) that touch the surfaces of Model 3. Using any other type of car wash could cause damage that is not covered by the warranty.”
With 3mm stainless that shouldn’t be a problem, except for any car wash machines, but maybe that says something about the quality of Model 3 finishes (sad, because we own one).
 

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So.... should you... would you... wax the CT?
 

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So.... should you... would you... wax the CT?
There really are reasons to do that; many of the wax coatings are like nonstick surfaces, making cleaning easier. For instance, we get spots from the redwood trees around here. So having something that discourages the stains (and lichens that follow) from adhering is something we do.

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You can put it in neutral. But as soon as you open the door it pops into P. Thus you would have to stay in the car to keep it in neutral.
If you open the door and get out of your car during a car wash, the vehicle going into park will be the least of your concerns.
 

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If you open the door and get out of your car during a car wash, the vehicle going into park will be the least of your concerns.
Well what if you want a twofer.. car wash and a shower? Maybe he likes to party? Maybe he listens to the stereo and watches TV at the same time!
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If there’s a wax for SS I’ll use it, otherwise pledge. What ever works, love clean vehicles.
 

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If it goes in a mud bog I'll hit it with a pressure washer.
Again to get the road salt residue off of it twice each winter.
Otherwise, Why Bother cleaning it? There's no reason.
 

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I do not wash the outside of a car
I second that but if it really is dirty I pray for rain or look for a creek crossing.
 

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No steel wool! I assume you were joking. :)

Steel wool is made from mild steel that rusts readily. Using this on stainless steel embeds tiny particles of the mild steel into the stainless. It won't take long for the mild steel to rust causing your Cybertruck to look rusty. It also creates a chemical reaction that can cause pitting in the stainless. Many early DeLorean owners damaged their panels this way. The blending pads in the DeLorean kit linked to above are non-metallic scotch pads (gray color, 80 grit). They are for blending away minor scratches in the Delorean's brushed finish. Unless the CyberTruck has a similar brushed finish, I wouldn't use anything abrasive.

I posted about WD-40 in another thread, so I won't repeat my experience here.

I just use a mild detergent and water with a soft microfiber cloth when I need to wash my DeLorean. I dry the panels right away to avoid water spots....this is very important.

Beware of the stainless polishes as they look great... for about 10 minutes. After that the polish attracts dust and then your maintenance efforts are useless.

Once a year or as necessary, I use BarKeepers Friend to remove stains and restore the brightness to the Stainless Steel panels. It's like a laser scrub for the panels. Stainless will develop a thin layer of oxidation. That's normal, and the layer protects the panel. BKF removes that oxidation and therefore leaves virgin stainless behind. Over time, that natural layer of oxidation returns. After many years or exposure to the weather, the stainless develops a dull appearance.

I have heard good things about Shiela Shine, which is similar to BKF, but I haven't used it.

Here's a recent picture of a clean car:
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If it goes in a mud bog I'll hit it with a pressure washer.
Pressure washers are usually no good for EVs since they'll send water up into spaces that it wouldn't normally, or take off dielectric grease.

I doubt this will be an issue with the Cybertruck, but it's something to be aware of, avoid high-pressure water that can break through seals and damage sensors.

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Is that a Mating Ritual?, get a room.
Oh, it's the picture. Haha. Birds of a feather flock together!

I was chatting with the owner of the Model X at a Cars & Coffee show. We decided to park nose to nose, and boy was it a hit with the crowd. The best thing was the matching silver color of the Tesla. Made for a perfect photo op.
 

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I will use one of those plastic scrub pads that scrubs a little shine in a stainless steel sink. I'm sure it will treat my CT very well. Great on bugs and road dirt. Add a little Dawn for grease build up or road grime. That's the nice thing about this surface - not too picky on how you do it, just do what you do. peace


I just thought too. After I do the above, I will finish with a coat of Rain-X, body, windows, all of it. Perfect. peace
 
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