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  1. MikeyC

    Smelly stinky socks / mold in Model 3 AC

    When I cover mine in foam, I usually wait about 10 minutes and while the coil is still wet but most of the foam has dissipated to liquid, I put the filter door back on with no filter inside and run the fan full blast for a couple minutes. That draws the cleaning solution from the foam through...
  2. MikeyC

    Smelly stinky socks / mold in Model 3 AC

    I didn't say anything because I wasn't sure but I never hear the fan running when I get out of the car in 90+F temps when I've been using the AC. Are there some conditions that have to be met for the fan to run? Mine is in a locked garage so I don't have my car lock itself: it is unlocked when...
  3. MikeyC

    Smelly stinky socks / mold in Model 3 AC

    30-60 seconds for me. To me it smells exactly like vinegar. Mike
  4. MikeyC

    Smelly stinky socks / mold in Model 3 AC

    I suppose it could happen, but it's clear on mine. When I do the coil cleaning, the cleaning foam drains out the bottom quite readily. One other data point though is that I don't drive often. My car is 15 months old and only has 4000 miles on it. I wonder if letting it sit longer in a hot...
  5. MikeyC

    UGH - The smell of it. [AC Smell]

    I wouldn't think so. If you look into the intake, there's a drain hole at the bottom (I think below the level of the filters) so any water that gets in should just drain out. Also, this last time mine started to stink was at the end of winter here and I hadn't washed mine for the ~4 months...
  6. MikeyC

    Smelly stinky socks / mold in Model 3 AC

    You would think they would have updated the system to solve the problem since then but no, my 2021 has the problem. Mike
  7. MikeyC

    Smelly stinky socks / mold in Model 3 AC

    Same here. Once it starts to stink, it's pretty much locked in. If I run full heat (HI) for about 10 minutes, it seems to clear the stink for several days. But it comes back in less than a week. I did do the coil cleaning and replaced the filters with the Abstract Ocean filters (the kind...
  8. MikeyC

    Smelly stinky socks / mold in Model 3 AC

    That's some great detective work you're doing! I'm in a similar situation and have tried most of what you've tried. My case isn't quite as extreme as it takes about 4 months for the smell to come back on mine. But I still look for an answer. I gave up on products like Ozium and Microban...
  9. MikeyC

    Smelly stinky socks / mold in Model 3 AC

    You realize you are putting faith in the same engineers who couldn't design the system properly in the first place, right? As soon as I got the car, I put it on cabin overheat protection in fan-only mode and ran the HVAC on full auto. 4 months into ownership, the HVAC stank like vinegar. I...
  10. MikeyC

    Pedestrian Warning System

    What if you call Tesla and ask them for the PWS retrofit kit? I thought they offered the bolts/speaker for around $50. If not, I'd be tempted to buy any decent 25W 4 ohm speaker and rig it in there. Mike
  11. MikeyC

    2021 Model 3 LR broke down and wouldn’t drive

    Seems like something they could update to improve. I can't see any mechanical or electrical reason why you couldn't run the car off the front motor alone, albeit with reduced power. It could at least get you home or to a TSC. Mike
  12. MikeyC

    Smelly stinky socks / mold in Model 3 AC

    When I got my 2021, that fan update was already there but it doesn't seem to work very well. I think the problem is made worse if you take a lot of short trips. I frequently drive 5 or so miles, park in the heat for 10-15 minutes, drive another few miles, park for a few minutes, then drive...
  13. MikeyC

    UGH - The smell of it. [AC Smell]

    Yeah, I've done all those. I would never recommend using Ozium: that leaves a greasy film everywhere it is sprayed and the film doesn't go away. I tried Lysol, Ozium, and hydrogen peroxide spray. The hydrogen peroxide probably had the most effect but given that I've done all that (including...
  14. MikeyC

    Smelly stinky socks / mold in Model 3 AC

    I agree. I meant to say, I've always run cabin overheat protection in fan only mode. I don't want my AC compressor coming on with no one in the car. Doesn't seem to matter. Mine still starts to smell like vinegar after 4 months of new filters and coil cleaning. Mike
  15. MikeyC

    Smelly stinky socks / mold in Model 3 AC

    I'm in FL and have used cabin overheat protection with HVAC on auto from day one. My filter/coils get stinky about every 4 months. 2021 MY. Mike
  16. MikeyC

    UGH - The smell of it. [AC Smell]

    Maybe the bottom filter needs a half inch plastic frame around it that can't soak up water, at least on the bottom half of that filter. You'd have to reduce the size of the filter material slightly to accommodate the plastic non-absorbent frame but only for the bottom filter so I don't think...
  17. MikeyC

    SAMSUNG T7 SSD ISSUE

    Isn't that outdated? The car now wants exFAT, not FAT32. Mike
  18. MikeyC

    SAMSUNG T7 SSD ISSUE

    Same. I was referring to 2022.16.0.3 which was seen for a few days about a week ago. It was pulled for whatever reason a week ago and no one has seen any 2022.16.x installs since. So who knows if we'll see a 2022.16.x. It might end up being 2022.18 (or some other random but increasing...
  19. MikeyC

    SAMSUNG T7 SSD ISSUE

    .16 was pulled a week ago: nothing since. But I get what you are saying. Once they release whatever the next version is, maybe it'll be fixed. Mike
  20. MikeyC

    SAMSUNG T7 SSD ISSUE

    I recently had to take the T7 out of my 2021 Model 3. It was failing at least twice a week: I'd get back to the car, it would say 1 sentry mode event, click on that popup, and nothing happens. There's a small red "x" on the camera icon and if you try clicking on that, it says USB drive error...
  21. MikeyC

    UGH - The smell of it. [AC Smell]

    I feel like the answer may be a modified filter that has some sort of hydrophobic coating. Or anti-microbial properties. You either have to block water from wetting the filter... or make it not "rot" if it DOES get wet. Mike
  22. MikeyC

    Whistle sound during slight acceleration

    The description sounds like inverter whine. I don't really hear it on mine unless I'm really getting on the throttle and the car isn't warmed up yet, but your ears may be more sensitive to it than mine. FWIW, my 2017 Volt and 2019 Bolt both did that too: inverter whine at a certain speed with...
  23. MikeyC

    Any help is greatly appreciated with this noise that’s driving me insane!

    Get the two cars together. Maybe it's just a mating call. ;) Mike
  24. MikeyC

    Any help is greatly appreciated with this noise that’s driving me insane!

    Are you sure that's in the door? I had a rattle like that (although not nearly as bad) and it ended up being in the front speaker grill: top right corner of the dash at the base of the windshield. I popped up the grill with a pry tool and put a piece of foam under it. Gone. If not, try...
  25. MikeyC

    M3 wireless charging?

    Most of the time it charges my Z Flip 3 quickly: faster than the wireless charger I have on my work desk. But there are times when it charges super slow. I would suspect alignment of the phone in the charger but I always put it in the same spot. The times when it charges slowly are pretty...
  26. MikeyC

    Speed Bump Hit

    Speed bumps are fickle things. Depending on width/height of the speed bump, sometimes you are better popping over them at 15 MPH than 5 MPH because at slower speeds, the suspension can compress just in the wrong spot. On others, you'd better take them at 1 MPH. Wish there was some (legal)...
  27. MikeyC

    Speed Bump Hit

    Most local shops won't know what they are looking at. In an ideal world, I'd have Tesla look at it but for me, I'd probably roll it up on ramps first and check it for dings and check for coolant dripping, particularly near the leading edge of the battery pack. And then if I see the battery pan...
  28. MikeyC

    Speed Bump Hit

    Wouldn't hurt to look underneath and see if there is any denting of the battery pan, coolant leak, etc. Mike
  29. MikeyC

    UGH - The smell of it. [AC Smell]

    At home, do you park on an incline? My current theory is that condensation from the AC coil can drip onto the filter when the fan is not blowing through it (when the car is parked). When the filter is dry, no stink. When you drive even a short distance and park it, water can wet the filter...
  30. MikeyC

    With all the sensors and Ai software it failed to see the pilar coming! (How?)

    Ultimately the driver is in control. You can override all those safety features as a driver. And people worry about FSD? Mike
  31. MikeyC

    do you really need a portable air compressor?

    This is the one I got, primarily so I could fit it in the Tesla mobile connector bag to carry it. I used it to pump up the tire I plugged just to test it and it worked OK. I can't give any glowing endorsements since I just bought it and tested it but I guess it makes me feel better carrying...
  32. MikeyC

    do you really need a portable air compressor?

    I've already had to plug one of my tires. When done properly by someone experienced, the plug will outlast the tire. So I don't worry about tire shops. Mike
  33. MikeyC

    do you really need a portable air compressor?

    I too bought a small portable compressor and a good tire plug kit. I measured them so they both fit in the Tesla mobile connector charging bag. It sits in the cubby under the trunk and with the Tesla bag, it doesn't move around or rattle. I don't carry the mobile connector so it works for me...
  34. MikeyC

    Should I be worried? [about this tire damage]

    No amount of patching can fix that. I'd replace it. Mike
  35. MikeyC

    Advice after pothole

    Only you know how violent it was. If there were any big bumps, bangs, or if you think the bottom scraped on the edge of the road, I'd get it checked. Otherwise the suspension will take it. I've been run entirely off the road onto uneven dirt and tall grass and drove there for probably 100...
  36. MikeyC

    UGH - The smell of it. [AC Smell]

    I've tried it with recirc on and off and I seem to get the smell sooner if I run it off. Recirc off is counterintuitive because it increases the condensation demand by constantly pulling humid air from outside that is repeatedly dehumidified by the AC. With recirc on, once you reduce the...
  37. MikeyC

    UGH - The smell of it. [AC Smell]

    Same situation here: short drive and a short sit will "activate" the stink. If you pull the old filters out and smell them, they don't have much smell when they are dry. If they get just a little damp, they STINK. So I think what is happening is that condensation builds up when you take the...
  38. MikeyC

    Is this damaged justified for $16k?

    How do you propose doing that with one picture, without an estimate from a body shop? Without an independent estimate, what I'm suggesting is to have Tesla show him the itemized bill, some of which is presumed to be the front of the vehicle. At a minimum, he can propose taking those line items...
  39. MikeyC

    Is this damaged justified for $16k?

    The damage to the front seems suspicious if you know you didn't cause damage there, so I'd question them about that. But Teslas are notoriously expensive to repair WRT body work. I'm not at all surprised by $16k just for the back! Mike
  40. MikeyC

    Regen braking stopped working [2021]

    Well there you go... there is no such thing as a "hill" in FL. :) Mike
  41. MikeyC

    Regen braking stopped working [2021]

    The only thing I have to offer is a data point. My 2021 LR has never experienced reduction in regen. I charge to 80% and in the winter, I often drive when it is in the 40's or 50's F. Even when I drive it in those lower temps, I've not seen any reduction in regen. I always install the most...
  42. MikeyC

    Squeaky /creaky driver's seat issue identified

    I'm a little leary of putting grease on the teeth. Sounds like an excuse for Tesla to deny a warranty claim. Maybe on the smooth parts of the rails. Mike
  43. MikeyC

    Squeaky /creaky driver's seat issue identified

    Exactly what I was thinking. In the video, it looks like the left rail is too far to the left. Any chance of loosening the torx bolt at the back and tapping the rail to the right a bit? I'll probably check the alignment of mine and see if there's any leeway to adjust the rails. If it's...
  44. MikeyC

    Crack in roof. Cost to fix?

    I'll second that. They can do amazing things with resin. It typically makes it look better but it also prevents the damage from spreading. Mike
  45. MikeyC

    New phone time; questions re: phone-as-key

    My S21 Ultra was very unreliable when it was on Android 11. I disabled every power saving and sleep option on the phone and made sure the Tesla app was exempt from deep sleep: didn't matter. I ended up having to run two ADB commands every time I rebooted the phone to disable deep sleep...
  46. MikeyC

    Squeaky /creaky driver's seat issue identified

    My seat did the same thing (2021). Moving the seat forward/back a fraction of an inch stopped it. Now I know what it is and what to look for. I'll lube the rails. Thanks for posting. My seat also makes a crunching feeling in a certain (6 inch) range along the rails. It's probably rubbing...
  47. MikeyC

    Sports mode steering feels significantly lighter

    The Model 3 is definitely the fastest ratio I've experienced. I just meant I've experienced a pretty wide range (with the Model 3 being the fastest). I thought my Challenger had a pretty quick ratio... until I got the Model 3. My 2005 Corvette had pretty slow steering by comparison. Mike
  48. MikeyC

    Sports mode steering feels significantly lighter

    I've driven cars with lighter steering, tighter steering, faster and slower ratios, torque steer, etc. I can "feel" the road through other means: suspension and attitude for example. The very nature of the word "feedback" means, to an extent, the road is driving your steering wheel. I prefer...
  49. MikeyC

    Sports mode steering feels significantly lighter

    I never really understood "feeling the road" through the steering wheel. I know it can give you a slight edge when going 9/10 on a road course but for daily driving, I don't want bumps and perterbations affecting my steering; I just want the car to go where I point it. I equate it to people...
  50. MikeyC

    Sports mode steering feels significantly lighter

    I installed 12.3.1 two days ago and went for a drive yesterday. I didn't notice any difference in steering feel but I use the "Standard" setting. I did switch it to comfort and sport and could detect a difference... but since I don't use Sport regularly I'm not a good judge in whether or not...

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