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  1. ThosEM

    Autopilot Cameras unavailable - resolved

    Same problem, no puddle lights. Hard reset fixed it. Thanks for the tip. I didn’t previously know how to do the “hard” version of the reset.
  2. ThosEM

    Is there any downside to Air Suspension?

    Firm feeling may get more floaty toward 100k miles and beyond. A slow leak has developed in one wheel, which is very difficult to diagnose because it takes at least several days to become a noticeable sag.
  3. ThosEM

    If you fast charge, Tesla will permanently throttle charging

    Has anyone created a digest of this thread from which we can learn what is currently known about this?
  4. ThosEM

    Model S85D slow at supercharger

    With all due respect, I did state that “this really does compromise highway travel with the car”. Moreover, I would not have gone to the trouble of posting my experience if I wanted to be told essentially to “suck it up and deal with it.” I’m unhappy with my older Tesla and your scolding is not...
  5. ThosEM

    Is Tesla changing warranty terms again, reducing coverage retroactively? [Website Error]

    I have a 2013 S85 and the change appeared on my Tesla page between 22 Oct 2019 and today, 12 Dec. 2019. Someone said there is a big thread on this in the “main forum” but neglected to give a link. Please supply that link.
  6. ThosEM

    Model S85D slow at supercharger

    I’ve been noticing slower supercharging for a year or two, for my 2013 S85. I probably don’t supercharge more than ten times per year, and am very careful about avoiding deep discharges and 100% charging at all times. And yet I’ve seen the typical performance drop from 60 kW at 60% to 50 kw at...
  7. ThosEM

    Supercharging old timers

    I'm having pretty much the same experience with a late 2013 Model S85. I do see up to 115 kW at least briefly if I'm down below 20% on arrival. But it starts to taper almost immediately and is down to 50kW at 50%, so takes an hour to get to 80% and I rarely get to 90% at a SC unless doing a...
  8. ThosEM

    Rear camera image freeze

    It finally was annoying enough for me to schedule service. They picked up on the possibility of a downloaded cure, and did a reinstallation of the same software I had previously. Also, the tech claims to have cleared the navigation caches, since the problem only cropped up for us when completing...
  9. ThosEM

    Rear camera image freeze

    It's been happening pretty consistently whenever we arrive somewhere we need to back into, like a supercharger for example. I'm not sure when or on which update it began. Has not been a problem since 2013 until this summer, perhaps latter part of the summer. Anyone else?
  10. ThosEM

    Supercharger - West Hartford, CT

    It happened again today, 17 Aug 2019, about 11 to 12 hrs. On the nav system it showed up as “reduced service” and then “temporarily closed.”
  11. ThosEM

    Anyone tested S/X CHAdeMO Adapter on Model 3

    Yay for Tesla... It's about time! It's only software, for Pete's sake...
  12. ThosEM

    Tesla moments

    It would be great if someone could think up a better treatment for aggressive tailgaters than to slow and pull over for them, but so far that's really the best way out. I did see one guy who had a dual windshield washer set up, one of which would spray (blinker?) fluid on the tailgaters...
  13. ThosEM

    Creep is off, but Hold wasn't coming on. Thoughts?

    I don't have any problem getting hold to activate at a stop light, whether up or down hill. It does seem to require more pressure on the brake to activiate it on a downhill slope. Also only on a downhill slope, I find that I'm advised by a message to tap the brake to deactivate it, but I find...
  14. ThosEM

    Model Y - let the Photoshopping begin

    The Model 3 rear view via mirror is already quite limited by the height of the rear trunk lid. It's just going to get worse for the Model Y. There is some logic in the widespread practice of putting a window panel below the lip of the spoiler edge (Prius started it, continued by Insight, Volt...
  15. ThosEM

    IDLE Fees questions

    Well, now cutting off at 80% seems to have become a standard practice at "some" (perhaps 17% of) superchargers. I hit it again this past weekend, arriving at about 70%, needing about 10% to make my destination. The image shows a notification threatening idle fees if I went over 80%. This was at...
  16. ThosEM

    Completed a 1000 km drive around West Virginia's Pocahontas County over three days.

    Completed a 1000 km drive around West Virginia's Pocahontas County over three days.
  17. ThosEM

    Converting an ICE to an EV

    True dat. UNLESS we are talking about a convertible or a roadster. There aren't enough old Tesla Roadsters around, or maybe there are?
  18. ThosEM

    Supercharger - Annapolis MD

    This could be the dopiest supercharger install ever. I like the idea of a covered SC, but on the second floor? Where the heck have we ever seen that before? I guess they have to go where they have to go, but what ever happened to SCs covered by solar arrays? Sometimes Elon is better at being...
  19. ThosEM

    Preheating battery in cold weather use.

    Thanks, Big Earl! for checking into this with a Juicebox. It would sure be nice if Tesla would document this stuff better, but they evidently don't cater to those of us with an interest in how things actually work.
  20. ThosEM

    Supercharger - Annapolis MD

    Yup, this seems to be how inspections go in Annapolis...
  21. ThosEM

    Completed 25 Mm on Model 3 after 1 year.

    Completed 25 Mm on Model 3 after 1 year.
  22. ThosEM

    Supercharger - Annapolis MD

    I live in Annapolis and have done minor electrical mods to my home that required an unbelievable number of visits and false starts to get certified/passed. This seems more of the same. Usually the electrician shares some of the blame, but there is very little willingness to be helpful in the...
  23. ThosEM

    IDLE Fees questions

    So I received a reply from Tesla. They deny doing it and suggest that I reboot my car to get rid of a "glitch". I remain suspicious and thank you for the reports of the same phenomenon, which appear to be rare. From: Customer Support Tesla <[email protected]> Subject: RE: Idle Fee...
  24. ThosEM

    IDLE Fees questions

    I'd be interested in anyone who can test this and can say whether they experienced a change in their charging limit. Please note, however, that this is only going to happen (if at all) at a SC that is full enough (50-100%) to incur idle fees 5 minutes after the charging limit is exceeded. Plenty...
  25. ThosEM

    Interesting finding about Range Mode

    Range mode on will suppress battery warming from the energy in the battery, so you'll draw less energy for a short trip that way. But you won't have much regeneration, so if the trip is down a mountain, you won't gain back much of the energy you used to climb that mountain, which may increase...
  26. ThosEM

    Interesting finding about Range Mode

    Maybe it *can* heat the battery at rest or slow speeds, but in practice it does not, and there is no switch I can find to enable/disable it, like the Range mode of the Model S. Also, unlike the Model S, limited regeneration persists for hours and hours without a highway speed run, and cannot be...
  27. ThosEM

    IDLE Fees questions

    Spoken like a true American. And I mostly agree, though in practice the only time I actually strike out near 100% is from home, because I'm too impatient to wait for even a supercharger to get to 100% unless I'm having a relaxed meal enroute.
  28. ThosEM

    Interesting finding about Range Mode

    Slightly off topic, but I believe that my Model 3 lacks a Range Mode because it is essentially always in Range mode. That is, by default, no resistance heating is applied to the battery to bring it up to normal temperature. All battery heating is by waste from the drive unit and inverter...
  29. ThosEM

    IDLE Fees questions

    I suppose the argument would be that you don't need more charge than it takes to get to your next opportunity, and 80% would arguably do in many if not most places. If they did this at an isolated SC where one needs a full battery, that justification would be moot. But realistically, there are...
  30. ThosEM

    IDLE Fees questions

    I have often thought that Tesla makes it easy to avoid idle fees by just turning the limit up to 100%, which takes forever to reach. However, I think Tesla has caught on to that gambit and is taking measures to preclude it. Will report back if they reply to my inquiry or I can otherwise confirm...
  31. ThosEM

    IDLE Fees questions

    Not sure. I high-tailed it out there and only discovered the option to restart while sitting in the car. Should have tried that, but it depended on some departures having occurred. Others have pointed out the need for the app to provide information about the occupancy of the SC, but that is...
  32. ThosEM

    Toyota bets big on Fuel Cell Vehicles

    Ran into this interesting thread today: Hydrogen Fuel Cell & Battery Electric Vehicles — Technology Rundown | CleanTechnica I guess they aren't going to give up this easily...
  33. ThosEM

    unfair supercharger idling charga

    My first encounter with idle fees was when I was targeting 90% in Springfield VA as #11 of 18 slots. I was notified by app that charging was interrupted at 80% and that idle fees would result after 5 minutes. By the time I got there, I was down to #7 of 18, so it let me restart charging and then...
  34. ThosEM

    IDLE Fees questions

    My first encounter with idle fees in five years went as follows: Pulled into Springfield VA as the 11th of 18 slots, started charging and headed to a restaurant for lunch, set for 90% limit. In the restaurant I was notified that charging was stopped at 80%, and fees would be charged after five...
  35. ThosEM

    Supercharger - Annapolis MD

    One has to wonder what factors influence BGE or other utilities in getting these things hooked up, when the site work is already complete...
  36. ThosEM

    Tesla: Help Us Charge Two Cars on a Single Circuit

    Saves on trips to the garage, i guess. . And what can happen does happen, so I wanted to protect the cable in the future.
  37. ThosEM

    Tesla: Help Us Charge Two Cars on a Single Circuit

    For those who with cars that need different amounts of charging, one not having been used as much as the other, you can always set up your UMC on a 120V circuit and charge one car more slowly, while the more discharged car gets the HPWC. We do that frequently and then an issue comes up if one...
  38. ThosEM

    Anyone tested S/X CHAdeMO Adapter on Model 3

    I've written to my service center twice now about this. First time they replied that they didn't know anything. Second time they did not bother to respond. This is clearly a very low priority issue for them. Also, there was some buzz about a new CCS adapter being a hotter item for them...
  39. ThosEM

    Inside brake pads seized

    Thanks for the thoughts. Not sure, but that's an interesting suggestion and it could well be the culprit. Question then is, considering that I've had the car in for routine servicing every 1-2 years at the same center (Rockville MD), why did the servicing not pick up on this and do the fluid...
  40. ThosEM

    Inside brake pads seized

    I just brought my 2013 S85 in for a brake fluid flush and replace, because the brakes were feeling seriously squishy to me and I finally realized this is recommended every couple of years, but it's been five. My brake pedal also has been making a weird squeak as it moves, also for a long time...
  41. ThosEM

    Is the model 3 mobile connector water proof?

    Update 2: So having resuscitated my Model 3 UMC (gen2), I will again take it on trips, but have now purchased a 5 gallon plastic bin that can be used both to store the UMC, various adapters, and an extension cord (also prohibited by the UMC user manual), then overturned as a rain shield for the...
  42. ThosEM

    Is the model 3 mobile connector water proof?

    Update: it appears that a couple of overnight bake outs under an incandescent lamp have resurrected my “defective” UMC gen2, after being left out in the rain and showing a five flash error code. The first arrempt didn’t work, but I did a repeat with the unit flipped over and making sure to...
  43. ThosEM

    Is the model 3 mobile connector water proof?

    Yes, I saw that, after the problem came up. But I never had a problem with the gen1 UMC under exactly the same circumstances. Also, my initial leeriness about charging in the rain was dismissed by many as absurd, and I’d gotten over it and presumed that everything Tesla is designed to be used in...
  44. ThosEM

    Is the model 3 mobile connector water proof?

    NB: I have recovered at least two iPhones after dropping them in water, by baking them overnight under an incandescent lamp. The UMC 2.0 does not appear to respond to this treatment, so far...
  45. ThosEM

    Is the model 3 mobile connector water proof?

    I believe I have now ruined my second Model 3 UMC by leaving it out in the rain charging overnight at 120V. I’m using an extension cord (which Tesla recommends against) but had no problems doing this with the Model S UMC charging in the rain. I’m leaving it perched on a rock to be sure it is...
  46. ThosEM

    Supercharger - Annapolis MD

    Some photos from Bob Calvo of Riva, who says they appear close to going online:
  47. ThosEM

    Audi E-Tron GT Versus Tesla Model S: By The Numbers

    Those numbers are quite real for those who care about them. My model S85 shows 75,000 miles at 296 Wh/mile, which on 75 kWh usable is 253 miles range My model 3 shows 20,000 miles at 217 Wh/mile, which on 75 kWh usable is 345 miles range Of course, the hypermilers get far greater range at...
  48. ThosEM

    Preheating battery in cold weather use.

    Appropo of this, I'm noticing that my Model 3 battery is not warming up during my homeward daily commute after cold soaking all day, regen is limited and changing very slowly in 32 km / 40 minutes of driving. If I wanted regen, it might be worth some juice to restore it. Presumably the car is...
  49. ThosEM

    Audi E-Tron GT Versus Tesla Model S: By The Numbers

    Since we don't really know the e-Tron pricing and the specs given are likely to be for the premium version rather than the base version, it would seem more apples to apples to compare with the Tesla 100D, maybe even the P100D, since you noted the emphasis on "sports" vs "sedan". The very real...
  50. ThosEM

    The Rules of Model S Road Tripping

    How can regen be worse than coasting? The choice is between accelerating to a higher speed down a hill (which as you point out is always uses more energy), and harvesting energy with regen to keep your speed from increasing. You might ask, how can I use more energy when I'm coasting and no...

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