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  1. Electricfan

    Tesla delivery threats...

    A friend at work ordered a Model Y last November. They sent him a text recently that gave him the good news that the car was ready for delivery and gave him two days to choose from for picking it up. Unfortunately he currently works on a construction site out-of-state and could not make either...
  2. Electricfan

    New map update broke Navigation

    My 2015 S did this today. I scheduled a service appointment. After reading this forum post tonight, I went out to disable pin-to-drive since others have been screwed when the MCU failed and this might be a sign of future problems. But I was pleasantly surprised when the little triangle with...
  3. Electricfan

    Tesla wins in Michigan!!!

    I live in Texas - a state that doesn't allow Tesla to sell cars. I have purchased two Model S's. Both times I paid $0.00 in sales tax to CA, which is where I technically bought the car. Then when they shipped it to me in TX I paid TX sales tax to get my tags. I suspect this is how it will go...
  4. Electricfan

    Model 3 resale value

    You are comparing what you got last May to what you're getting now in January? Did you account for the change in temperature? It has a giant effect. Are your tires inflated properly? They are another huge factor. Are you running the heater much? Heat uses a lot more power than AC. You...
  5. Electricfan

    HW3 upgrade waiting room: All FSD Tesla’s

    How can you tell its HW2.5? I'm surprised. I almost traded for a Model 3 recently and would have been very dissappointed to get anything but HW3 at this late date...
  6. Electricfan

    My First bad experience with Tesla and service center

    Ask the service center. I had a problem when I traded my 2013 in for a new Model S with auto-pilot in 2015, and the local service center refused to fix it. I asked who the next manager up the line was and they told me. They have to - its not like they can say "screw you, you don't have the...
  7. Electricfan

    My First bad experience with Tesla and service center

    In 2013 my new Model S had squeaking in the dash area, and they used the felt tape to fix it. Felt tape is a go-to solution for sound problems for Tesla. Your only option as I see it is to escalate it to regional service manager, or higher. Keep going until they fix it. Its a long tough slog...
  8. Electricfan

    Cleaning solar panels and solar tiles

    Clean your solar panels!
  9. Electricfan

    Clean your solar panels!

    Sorry I don't have any illumination for you. Just wanted to say I'm glad somebody else is confused. But I will also say that I'm pleased that my powerwalls almost do what I want. My only complaint is that for reasons I wish I could be privy to they start discharging before I want them to in...
  10. Electricfan

    Starting to regret my purchase

    Until today I would have said "Buy a Tesla, you'll never regret it". Today I got a repair bill for my 2015 Model S - $3400.00. Replacing front subframe and some other parts, found problems when they could not get the car into spec trying to align it. I didn't wreck the car nor hit any large...
  11. Electricfan

    Drive unit clunk sound

    Just searched the forum for subframe, found this thread. To satisfy anyone who might be curious as to cost of subframe repairs, my 2015 Model S is at the service center and will have its subframe in the front replaced for $3400. Car has 69k miles on it. I didn't wreck it. Don't even remember...
  12. Electricfan

    My 5-year Model S Maintenance/Service History

    That front sub-frame repair alone was worth cost of extended warranty. I just got an estimate of $3400 to fix mine. 2015 Model S with 69k miles. Very disappointed.
  13. Electricfan

    Goodyear Assurance MaxLife tires

    MasterC17 above said : "I hate to tell you, but a 4,000lb electric vehicle with instant torque and regen braking is going to wear out tires fast". So he is arguing regen wears tires faster than regular brakes. Now you sound like you are arguing regen wears tires slower than regular brakes...
  14. Electricfan

    I cannot register my “new” model 3

    Ok, I just meant financially. I've bought two Model Ss brand new. I'm not being critical of anyone, just saying it is always smarter from a financial point of view to buy a used car rather than a new one. And if you disagree, good for you, you are certainly entitled to your opinion and may be...
  15. Electricfan

    I cannot register my “new” model 3

    There are starting to be some used Model 3s available. If you wait a year you will have a good selection to choose from, and no worries about tax credits or registration. It is ALWAYS smarter to buy a used car than a new one. You let someone else take that first year of depreciation. You...
  16. Electricfan

    Goodyear Assurance MaxLife tires

    I'm just logically thinking why one vs the other would be harder on the tires. If I'm on the highway, driving without regen, and I'm too close to the car in front of me then I hit my brake. Same situation, with regen this time, I let off the accelerator. Same thing happens in either case...
  17. Electricfan

    Goodyear Assurance MaxLife tires

    Are you saying regen braking wears tire faster than friction braking? First time I've heard that. Can you explain the theory?
  18. Electricfan

    Front drive unit failure

    After reading your post about "the entire HV system may have been destroyed as well", I was terribly confused. I confirmed why I was confused by going straight to the Tesla.com website and read the following: So, what does "...,so you never need to worry about getting stuck on the road." mean?
  19. Electricfan

    Powerwall Installation Location

    Do you know what "Protected from immersion between 15 centimetres and 1 metre in depth" means? At 12 cm is it protected? That's not in the range of 15cm to 1m. Does it mean at 20 cm you might, but might not be protected? That's a very confusing standard to the non-expert such as myself.
  20. Electricfan

    2018 Model S 100D

    Have the brakes checked by a brake shop, non-Tesla. They won't be "experts", but neither will they know "nothing". They might find a problem. Tesla really needs to get a handle on the service problem.
  21. Electricfan

    I cannot register my “new” model 3

    Awesome. Please post with result. If you get your car registered and the issue is cleared up you can definitely file for your tax credit. Again, if rejected by IRS go to Tesla and make them make you whole. They sold you a NEW car, per your paperwork and everything you were told. That credit...
  22. Electricfan

    I cannot register my “new” model 3

    Having bought two new Teslas I have gotten $15,000.00 from the tax credits on them, and my memory is I just had to fill out the tax form listing my VIN. There was no live, online "check" of my VIN. So, I think you should be good. With a clear conscience you file for the credit. You did...
  23. Electricfan

    Model S shut down at 32 miles, leaving me stranded - why?

    I think you can just ask the service people who the regional manager is. But I admit things seem to have changed a lot recently at Tesla. Its still worth a try - any other car company will give you the names of the regional managers. And it lets them know you're escalating - they might...
  24. Electricfan

    Model S shut down at 32 miles, leaving me stranded - why?

    Sorry if this was already suggested, but escalate the issue to your regional service manager. I had to do this once and it yielded good results. Its ridiculous to blame you when you can so positively prove what happened. If Ford told a customer "sorry, your gas gauge showed 1/8 tank but you...
  25. Electricfan

    Tesla buy back my Model S 2018, should I get another Model S?

    I have seen people post on this forum that they returned their car for what I considered minor issues. My 2015 had a plastic part under the frunk that was flapping and loose, and Tesla initially refused to fix it - there's a long post about it. But it never crossed my mind to return the car or...
  26. Electricfan

    I ended up hitting a car *video*

    I've done this. I just got lucky and haven't hit anybody. But every once in a while I notice the car is drifting and look down - AP isn't on! I don't believe it was on in your video. Sorry you didn't quite prevent the accident. I don't really blame Tesla for this, but.... they really could...
  27. Electricfan

    Got two PWs last month, thank god for flashlights...

    When the power company came to my house to replace a blown transformer in my backyard I told the guy that I had noticed they were trying to get the power back on because I'd seen my power in the house come on briefly three or four times since it initially went out. His eyes kind of went wide...
  28. Electricfan

    Got two PWs last month, thank god for flashlights...

    No, I was pretty happy with cost savings until this morning. We'll see if I lose anything because of the premature discharge... At some point I may experiment, especially if it goes crazy and gets totally unpredictable or something. But other than ramping my reserve up to 25% I haven't...
  29. Electricfan

    Got two PWs last month, thank god for flashlights...

    Well this morning my powerwalls started discharging at 4am, just because I said in a post they didn't do this. Seriously, I think maybe it happened because there was a lot of sun yesterday here and they were at a higher charge level than normal this morning. Maybe they were trying to make room...
  30. Electricfan

    Car stopped working suddenly today while driving

    You may have read by now that the inverter changes the battery DC current to the AC current required by your car's electric motor. So if it broke, that explains why the car can't move by itself. There used to be an issue with drivetrains - they would whine for a few months and then abruptly...
  31. Electricfan

    Got two PWs last month, thank god for flashlights...

    Interesting. So what do you want your powerwall to do in the "shoulder" area between peak and non-peak?
  32. Electricfan

    Got two PWs last month, thank god for flashlights...

    Are you using TBC with cost savings? And do you just have peak and off-peak defined, or is there some way to enter a "shoulder" time that is between peak and non-peak? I have mine on TBC and cost savings, with a peak defined from 6am to 9pm. Mine has discharged the powerwall when it...
  33. Electricfan

    Got two PWs last month, thank god for flashlights...

    Yes, you are right it was user error in setting my reserve too low - 10%. I have it at 25% now. The PWs do get low at night after the sun goes down before 9pm and it switches to utility exactly as you said. I do charge my cars at night, but the PWs are not discharging at that time because of...
  34. Electricfan

    Got two PWs last month, thank god for flashlights...

    Thinking about this, I believe there is another take-away besides the new knowledge that the PWs don't use power for your house below 10% where they start saving power to test for solar power so they can come back on normally. The new take away is this: if you have an outage and your PWs drain...
  35. Electricfan

    Got two PWs last month, thank god for flashlights...

    I asked the powerwall tech support person to send a summary so I could post it here. Below is what he sent me in an email. "Your grid outage began on 07/07/19 at 2:19 AM your time. At 2:51 AM the Powerwalls stopped reporting when they were at a low state of charge and by late morning they were...
  36. Electricfan

    Got two PWs last month, thank god for flashlights...

    Update, I called tech support and they answered. I was thinking they weren't open until Monday but I was wrong. We powered off my powerwalls. Then we turned their breakers off and waited 5 min. Then turned the breakers back on. Then turned the powerwalls back on. They started discharging 400...
  37. Electricfan

    Got two PWs last month, thank god for flashlights...

    The house still has no power at 1PM central. It has come on for a few minutes about 4 times since going out. I plugged a battery backup in and connected my internet router, so now I can connect to the internet, and since my powerwall's backup gateway is connected by a cable to the router I can...
  38. Electricfan

    Got two PWs last month, thank god for flashlights...

    Sitting here with no power, 4am Sunday morning. Btw, if you call Powerwall tech support at this time, you get a warm recorded greeting asking you to hold until a representative can help you. I held for ten minutes. Then a nice guy answered the phone who asked me if I was in a safe location...
  39. Electricfan

    Elon: "Feature complete for full self driving this year"

    I literally had my finger on the button to trade in my 2015 with AP1, when I first read the words "Full Self Driving" on Tesla's website. It really had me excited. I want it so bad.... But I count it as maybe the only wise decision I ever made not pulling the trigger on that. Four years...
  40. Electricfan

    Powerwall Installation Location

    I can't find that. Do you have a link to this rating?
  41. Electricfan

    Powerwall Installation Location

    Oh I forgot to say, my garage gets to 100 deg F pretty regularly in the summer. It cools down some overnight of course. But I would estimate at least 16 hours a day those powerwalls are in 93 and above heat. I wonder how much it will hurt them, but Tesla said installation inside the house was...
  42. Electricfan

    Powerwall Installation Location

    You need another pic like a hole in the head but I can't resist. I specifically asked them to mount them as high as they could. Harvey missed my house but Houston floods a lot, and it may just be a matter of time... Mine are 36" off the floor of the garage.
  43. Electricfan

    Video: Driver left scene of an accident / Update: driver caught

    I watched the video and read the story about daughter of woman across street, and its an accident. I'm sorry, but that car re-aligned with your car and purposefully backed into it, then instantly (no hesitation at all) sped off. If you show that to any objective observer, that was an...
  44. Electricfan

    Clean your solar panels!

    This is one of the weird random exports. It exported power from noon to 12:15. No reason it should have - the powerwall was not anywhere near full. My powerwalls haven't hit 100% in over a week due to clouds.
  45. Electricfan

    Clean your solar panels!

    If I use Self-Powered, it will discharge at night after 9pm if there's any charge left in the battery by that time. I do not want that. Right now TBC is working, with the small issue of randomly discharging from the powerwall to the grid. But its only discharging a small amount of power...
  46. Electricfan

    Clean your solar panels!

    I'm very happy with the powerwalls, in case I've confused anybody with my complaints. Just because I want changes to the app and user controls doesn't mean I don't love them. Here's a video just for fun. (sorry, I said they used 8 ga wire but I looked at a pic I took during install and it was...
  47. Electricfan

    Clean your solar panels!

    It only exported 0.2 kwh. I want it back! Here are the photos, you can barely see the spike going below the line where it exported the solar. Why????
  48. Electricfan

    Clean your solar panels!

    The sky is still overcast in Houston today, but I'm getting a little power from my panels, and guess what!!??? I'm exporting it to the grid, despite my powerwalls being at 6%, the reserve level I set. Pisses me off. But it only lasts a short time. I do not buy the shock absorber theory, just...
  49. Electricfan

    Clean your solar panels!

    How much is export by the PW - answer is very little. Its just weird that it happens at all. I can tell by looking at my phone app. It shows how much my house is using, how much is coming out of the powerwall, how much from solar, and how much from the grid. If the powerwall is discharging...
  50. Electricfan

    Clean your solar panels!

    I see - now. I didn't before because in TX we don't get big money for exported solar. That's fascinating that other battery companies don't restrict grid charging. Why, if you know, does Tesla not give me a simple way to tell my own batteries when they are allowed to discharge, or not...

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