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  • The final cut of TMC Podcast #34 is available now with topics timestamped. We covered Tesla's rollercoaster prices, Toyota pushing junk science, Mike's new Model 3, Optimizing track mode for snow driving, FSD V11 apparently coming by the end of this week, and more. You can watch and check out the chat replay on YouTube.

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    how come RWD SR+ drift and fish tail a bit while driving in straight line on HWY speed on snow day?

    You can have 100 wheel drive and if you're on a low or zero friction surface, you're at the mercy of physics. If you live somewhere with frequent icy roads, you may want to consider studded tires, but of course if you hydroplane over slush, you're going to have no stud contact with a solid...
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    Charge Port Latch Not Engaged - Be Advised Low temps cause reduced Charge Rate 16/40A

    Well, it was 12˚F when I woke up this morning, I even brought my car through the carwash on the way home at 8:30P last night so it would have the greatest opportunity to ice up or have an issue- and- nothing, no warning about the charge port being cold, frozen, or the latch not engaging.. So I'm...
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    Charge Port Latch Not Engaged - Be Advised Low temps cause reduced Charge Rate 16/40A

    I was suspicious of this but also surprised that message has been with me since November and I've done 2 updates since then- so either hard to solve, or not a priority. I will note that since the day I had the problem, and since contacting service/remote diagnostics, I have not gotten the...
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    Charge Port Latch Not Engaged - Be Advised Low temps cause reduced Charge Rate 16/40A

    Hopefully that’s not the case, I have a lot more information now so next time it happens I can diagnose it more realistically.. unfortunately since it checks the lock, then unlocks until charging starts, I think it bases its charge start time on the max amperage it gets on plug in.. so if it...
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    Charge Port Latch Not Engaged - Be Advised Low temps cause reduced Charge Rate 16/40A

    2018 Model 3 LR Dual Motor: So I am among the folks with the "Charge Port Latch Not Engaged" bug/issue- I've been ignoring it since November, as it hasn't effected anything, however last night we had our first sub 20˚F night, and thankfully I didn't have to leave for work at 7AM (and as...
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    I've been trying to find the thread or article that talked about it.. I asked the consignment guy to ask the PO if he recalls if he pre-purchased the hardware upgrade or something.. I realize it's far fetched, it was just an alternative theory by someone from Tesla.
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    Shows EAP, IIRC apparently there was an era of cars made in late 2018 early 2019 which required calling in to Tesla to have them enable FSD that was paid for but not delivered (enabled?) on the screen. My car falls under those manufacture and delivery dates, but I'm not the original owner so I...
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    I think that's the situation this person was referring to. I'm not sure how FSD would not have been "activated" yet shown as having it paid for.. but that was their suggestion as to cause. If my car has FSD instead of EAP I'd love to have it, but I don't know how I'd go about that. I bought mine...
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    I mentioned this to someone in the biz and they suggested that my car (and yours who have found success) may have had the FSD computer or FSD overall paid for by a previous or the original owner. They said that when the person on the other end receives the request, and checks the car's history...
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    "Acceleration and top speed reduced" ?

    Can't remember if I two scroll wheel rebooted or if I just drove it around a bit and it went away.
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    "Acceleration and top speed reduced" ?

    Tap the car icon on the bottom left then the bell icon on the top right and see what the error code is. I had BMS_a170 with this message after 2022.40.4.2 but drove it and it was fine and it went away and hasn't returned.
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    Calibrating the cameras, that's why yours didn't need it done.
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    2019 Model 3 LR DIY PTC heater change possible?

    Tesla pays 1hr of tech time to do the job, but do with that information what you will.. be very aware that the PTC uses pack voltage (350-375V DC) and you should not touch anything with orange wires or cables if you're not a trained professional, and if you do not own or have access to the...
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    Henrietta SC
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    Other update: regen issue is not resolved on 2022.36 @MrFusion4 do you show dashed regen lines at temps and battery charge levels where you didn’t before? I’m at ~70°F the last few days and charging at 40a overnight and have low regen down to 65% SOC even with highway driving, aggressive driving...
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    Ok at least I’m not the only one. I got it at 2022.20 I think, and it’s been gone since the hw3 upgrade. I got 2022.36 last night which may have solved the weird low percentage regen issue but still hasn’t returned the brake blending feature..
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    To anyone who’s had this done: have you lost the option for “Apply Brakes When Regenerative Braking Is Limited.”? My button is MIA.. should be located at: Controls > Pedals & Steering > Apply Brakes When Regenerative Braking Is Limited.
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    No I have EAP, I would consider trying FSD as a subscription (but it wasn't my reason for doing the upgrade) however I think I'm on a too advanced sw version.
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    I've been happy with Vision so far, it seems to have fixed a couple of frankly dangerous things my HW2.5 car used to do on my commute.. For those that have done FSD stuffs, am I correct in understanding I'll have to avoid SW updates for a while? I'm at 2022.28.1 and I guess FSD only works on...
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    No worries- I do know that's the general answer on low range/limited regen- but out of character with my charging/driving habits. I did hear back from the logs pulled and they're saying I need to return to the SC (3hr round trip, sucks), to have the coolant re-vacuum filled because they believe...
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    Eh, I respectfully disagree, I have the car set to depart at 7am, so it charged from 40%-80% at 40A and preconditioned before departure, today I left and immediately got on the highway where I drove at 80-85mph for 30min with a couple of acceleration bursts to pass gravel trucks, arriving with...
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    Has anyone noticed that the car now shows limited regen at charge levels where regen was not limited previously? I charge to 80% for 7am departure and now show limited regen down to like 60% with a warm freshly charged battery, funny thing is it disappears when I activate AP, and returns when I...
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    That's what I was worried about them doing to me, technically it's an estimate until the service is done- that's how they added the 12v charge to it for me. Once you have a paid invoice you're locked in.
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    Other weird twist, I just woke up and saw a reward cash adjustment on my CC, looked and they refunded me for the 12v battery replacement. It’s now listed as “Goodwill”.. so total cost for entire situation is $0
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    No idea, I just nodded and tried to get in and out as quickly and quietly as I could!
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    True, I'm not real sure- it could be goodwill/location dependent but approved and "paid for" at a higher service operations level- just saying that from what my SC could apparently see- it appeared to be paid for by me (or someone), in advance. Additionally it's listed as pre-paid, not a...
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    Well, successful for me, 2018 LR Dual Motor, EAP. They ended up adding a new 12v battery to the invoice which I was sorta expecting to happen since I believe the car was running the original 12v. At one point the app was showing my car as red with 18" aero wheels, (it's gray with 19" sport...
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    Re: SC being busy- last time I was there about a month ago for upper control arms, there was actually no place to park and they were parking cars on the grass around the facility, it was a mad house, double parked, stuff everywhere. This morning it was not as packed, but certainly not bored or...
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    My appt is tomorrow, so far we've gone from Mobile Service, to SC do it while you wait, to "leave it for 2-3 days, we'll give you a loaner", so I guess I'll let you know in 3-4 days!
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    Can start and drive car without phone as key or card tap on console

    Thanks, I've had the car since March, and I do know that initially that was not how it functioned. You would have to use the key card 2x to go, which forced my partner to accept the use of his phone as a key, since he didn't want to do so initially but hated doing the double swipe on entry.
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    Can start and drive car without phone as key or card tap on console

    Hmm today I had paused the music as I entered the parking lot to talk to a co worker who was leaving.. I'll have to pay more attention in the future.. Good idea.
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    Can start and drive car without phone as key or card tap on console

    Ah ok, good to know on the unlock/drive mode, I guess they never said they made that change.. I may have to ask them to check the logs on the climate thing if it keeps happening. Today it didn't matter since I charged to 80% last night, but last night I didn't plug in so it would've sucked if it...
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    Can start and drive car without phone as key or card tap on console

    I noticed at least a month ago that my 2018 isn't requiring the console key card tap to start/drive away. 99% of the time I use my phone as the key, but I keep the card with me in case my phone dies, which did happen- I put the card on the B pillar, unlocked the car, got in, put my foot on the...
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    Mine is the same PN/information entered in the invoice word for word.
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    From what I can find 3.2 might just be HW3.0 but for cars with USB ports in the glovebox?
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    Let us know how you make out with your appointment!
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    I'll post it when I'm pulling out of the SC on 9/27, until then I'm going to hold my breath and hope they don't change their mind!
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    I spoke too soon, they messaged me a short time ago and said it would have to be completed at a SC, so I'm bumped to 9/27, no change in estimate.
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    I'm in Syracuse, NY and mine is a mobile appt so far..
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    HW3.0 upgrade for basic AP owners now free?

    2018 w/EAP here, got the $0.00 estimate (approved it) for install Friday morning. I'm guessing they're quietly starting to upgrade to HW3.0 to hopefully avoid running so many forks of software. Also, someone theorized it may be HW3.5- the invoice says specifically HW3.0, with a P/N that goes...
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    Repairing a Flooded Tesla Model S : HOW-TO

    Aren't you not supposed to use distilled water in the coolant? on other EVs using spring water or tap water etc can cause bad things to happen. Might need a flush now.
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    My car has gone slightly haywire

    On some models of Ford vehicles (and others) blinking interior lights indicate a module is not programmed properly, or the vehicle is in transport mode- the reason is to alert the person prepping it that it hasn't been taken out of transport mode yet.
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    Is this the Model 3 screaming bargain alternative?

    Yup, all this. I picked up a 2013 Volt while I wait for my Model 3, all the other PHEVs are a joke. Highly suggest it as a in-between EV car. Also, Horsetown USA, cool :) my fiance lived there, mother still does.
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    Model 3 Track Day: Laguna Seca

    Not sure if the low fluid level light is required by federal law: I do have a 2006 Freightliner (Mercedes) 3500C Sprinter which was subject to a recall for not having a low brake fluid warning as required by the feds. That may be due to its weight class or commercial status.
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    Repairing a Flooded Tesla Model S : HOW-TO

    Its true that it would make it mostly irrelevant, however I'll add this: if the OP has access or the ability to change the software ride height calibration, that calibration is done in millimeters and is very exact. Way more information than necessary but the values that the system uses tend to...
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    Repairing a Flooded Tesla Model S : HOW-TO

    Height measurements should always be from the center of the wheel hub to the top of the wheel arch, eliminates different rim sizes and tire sidewall heights..
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    Repairing a Flooded Tesla Model S : HOW-TO

    Also the brake light switch, integral or otherwise can be at fault for these symptoms.
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    Repairing a Flooded Tesla Model S : HOW-TO

    Have you tried initializing the steering wheel sensor? While stationary turn the wheel all the way left to lock, then all the way right to lock. The system doesn't know the angle of the wheel until it measures the turns lock to lock. Not sure if the newer Bosch systems need that but all the old...
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    Repairing a Flooded Tesla Model S : HOW-TO

    I'm putting my money on #8

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