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    keep mobile connector plugged in? or unplug after use

    Keep it plugged in all the time. Generally NEMA 14-50 outlets are not designed for frequent plug insertion and can wear out (too loose to properly hold plug) after as little as 100 insertions (especially cheaper outlets).
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    MyQ Smart Garage Door opener with EVE

    I also have Tailwind and yes it includes a magnetic proximity sensor(wired to unit so no battery like other systems) to detect if the door is closed or not. So when using auto open on approach if the door is already detected as open, Tailwind will not send a pulse command to open. Tailwind...
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    Polishing with a 5" pad?

    I polished all exterior painted areas of my model 3 with 5" DA (21 mm) except for the following areas where I used 3" DA (12 mm) on my Flex PXE80: - A to C pillar: to avoid getting polish residue between pillar and glass roof. could also use tape to avoid this issue - lower portion of front...
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    Paint Correction + Ceramic Coating Question

    Another thing to ask with a professional coating is what are the conditions for warranty. Most SiO2 based professional coatings typically required some form periodic application of SiO2 topper (typically annually) by the detail shop which may not be included in the initial coating price. Even...
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    New Console Organizer tray and accessories

    Just got my console tray kit today and made a detailed unboxing video. Because the support rails of the front tray are covered in the same fabric as the center console interior it does not slide easily unless you lift it slightly. Could probably slide easier if covered on edges with something...
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    How many ways to turn off traction control?

    I have the Ingenext Bonus Module installed in my 2021 SR+ which comes with "Drift" mode which disables stability and traction control while maintaining steering booster and ABS. Took my car to an empty parking lot last week after recent snowfall to do a bit of sleding, I mean sliding :). Real...
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    Heated Steering Wheel

    I just got my M3 in December and was worried about the fact there was no heated steering coming from a BMW 3 series wagon with heated steering wheel. But after having the M3 for the past month in winter, I don't find I miss it that much. The instant heat of an electric vehicle and the ability...
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    2021 Model 3 LR: Winter tires with BLE TPMS

    For a SR+ it is definitely worth it considering it unlocks the rear seat heaters which is a $400 CDN option from Tesla plus it enables control by the rear occupants via window switches. The other features, one has to decide for themselves. I think the auto door open with hands free trunk open...
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    2021 Model 3 LR: Winter tires with BLE TPMS

    Installed the Bonus Module from Ingenext today and everything I've tried works as advertised. Note, trying to access and release the connector on MCU to install the Bonus Module Y cable takes extreme patience especially if you have "FAT" fingers like me. Probably took me 1 hour with several 5...
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    2021 Model 3 LR: Winter tires with BLE TPMS

    Will do but I don't know how much opportunity I will have to test out drift mode. The Ingenext module completely disables both stability and traction control whereas the MountainPass Party box disables stability control yet only alters default traction control to allow more wheel spin than...
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    2021 Model 3 LR: Winter tires with BLE TPMS

    If you want to just inhibit the TPMS warning you can consider getting the Bonus Module from Ingenext (Ingenext). They are based in Quebec so no issues with shipping to anywhere in Canada. The Bonus Module is about the same price as 4 BLE sensors with installation (rebalancing if you already...
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    Cleaning dash and door panels help

    ONR followed by light spray of Optiseal on interior windows performs miracles in terms of cleaning glass. Gets rid of the greasy residue build up from out gasing of the plastics on the interior. Always comes out streak free when using appropriate microfiber towel (typical use waffle weave).
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    Cleaning dash and door panels help

    I've used VRP before on the interior but find it too greasy and glossy for my taste. Better used on exterior plastic and rubber surfaces. For interiors I prefer Optimum's Protectant Plus (formally Leather Protectant). It works on all interior leather/vinyl/plastic surfaces. It also has a...
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    Deep Blue Metallic Model 3 Photos

    Had the PPF for all the major exterior sections (full front, A to C pillar and rocker panels) done at a local detail shop. Applied PPF myself to wear and tear areas (strip on rear bumper and all four door sills). The polishing and application of ceramic coating I did myself. Yes that is a...
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    Deep Blue Metallic Model 3 Photos

    Also a BMW convert (former 2011 328xi Wagon). Great minds think alike:)
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    Deep Blue Metallic Model 3 Photos

    Not the best pictures either but just finished paint correction and applying ceramic coating (Optimum Gloss Coat). Also has Xpel PPF on full front (hood, front bumper, headlights and front fenders), rocker panels and full A to C pillar. 2021 SR+
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    A Winter Waterless Wash Routine That Cleans AND Protects!

    If I was buying today I would probably look at the Ultra Black Sponge from the Rag Company as it is the same price as the BRS and a better shape for getting into those small areas and is apparently slightly softer than the BRS. If you want the softest sponge you should look into the Big Gold...
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    PPF/Paint Protection Advice. Partial or Full?

    Here in Canada (at least Ontario), Tesla is including the mud flaps to address the issues with paint being striped off the rocker panels. I had requested the delivery center not install (as well as not install front licence plate holder ) which of course they did (left hand doesn't know what...
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    A Winter Waterless Wash Routine That Cleans AND Protects!

    Saves time so you don't need move the bucket from side. Yvan is an efficiency expert which he developed for his detailing shop in Quebec that he eventually turned into a franchise for a brief period before he started working with Optimum. During my Optimization (Optimum detailer) training...
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    A Winter Waterless Wash Routine That Cleans AND Protects!

    I guess some people may still use just an open hose for washing a vehicle but it is so wasteful and will not provide as good a clean as the most basic pressure washer. I pretty much exclusively do rinseless wash (with ONR) year round with just a pre-spray and pre-rinse of lower panels when...
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    PPF/Paint Protection Advice. Partial or Full?

    Congrats on your new purchase. I just received my 2021 Model 3 SR+ in blue last week (just before Christmas) and it is currently at the detailing shop having PPF applied over the next two days. Tesla paint is notorious for being very soft and subject to easily getting rock chips. I am getting...
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    A Winter Waterless Wash Routine That Cleans AND Protects!

    I think your estimates for water usage for traditional and rinseless washes are kinda of high. For traditional two bucket wash assuming you fill two 5 gal buckets for 10 gallons (i would probably only fill at 3 gal each) and have a really good pressure washer capable of 2 GPM, you would have to...
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    MASTER THREAD: 2021 Model 3 and differences from 2020

    I believe LR and Performance models for Europe are still being produced in Fremont. Only the SR+ (using LFP battery) for Europe has been confirmed to be coming from China. The main disadvantage of LFP over LiCo (Fremont based battery) is energy density which is nominally 15% lower due to lower...
  24. M

    Heat pump

    My frustration was not necessarily directed at you but more general at those that view the upgrade as simply just the addition of a heat pump where there is so much more to the upgrade. I am an engineer but not a U of W grad FYI ;)
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    Optimum No Rise and Wax - Trying to avoid swirl marks

    If using Optimum's polymer based sealant Opti-Seal, the same compatibility with OCW or ONRWW is also assured (sealant can penetrate wax to bond with paint). Not sure if the same compatibility applies to their SiO2 based sealant Hyper Seal however.
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    Heat pump

    I agree that the majority of owners that primarily use in home chargers will probably rarely see a measurable benefit (except summer long road trips) with this mode. However there are some owners that do not have access to in home charging (renters/apartment dwellers) that use superchargers for...
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    Optimum No Rise and Wax - Trying to avoid swirl marks

    Depends on what you want the drying aid to achieve. If it is to apply a layer of protection that lasts on the ceramic coating then as stated most ceramic coatings will shed the wax in less than a week. If is better to use a ceramic spray sealant that is compatible with the ceramic coating...
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    What wiper fluid on ceramic coating windshield? How to drain oem fluid?

    I agree. Ceramic coatings for car paint are not designed to resist the abrasion from wiper blades. Windshields should use coatings specifically designed for this purpose like Aquapel or Glassparency.
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    Heat pump

    In real world condition that is not fully correct for the Tesla heat pump system. With the combination of the octovalve and heat pump there are warm weather advantages covered in an article on insideEvs Tesla Model Y Heat Pump Details Infrequently Discussed By The Media There are 15 different...
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    Weather stripping protectant

    Do you find you need to apply it that often? I was intending to apply twice yearly (fall and spring) and only wipe down with microfiber soaked in rinseless wash (ONR) to keep clean during normal washes.
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    What is your favorite Rinseless Wash?

    I agree ONR is one the most versatile products for cleaning. I use it for cleaning the exterior, interior (hard surfaces/leather seats) and streak free window cleaner. I even use it in my steamer as it acts as a descaler to maintain the heating elements. I once used Ultima Waterless Wash for...
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    What is your favorite Rinseless Wash?

    Remember that the test was an accelerated test over 1500 hrs (roughly 60 days) with I believe a single application of wax for the test. I agree that real world conditions or road grime and washing may impact the ability of the UV inhibitors to fully transfer to the clear coat. But if after each...
  33. M

    Tesla removes regenerative braking strength option

    So with no option to set vehicle regenerative braking to "low", how is an owner supposed to burnish the brakes after installing new brake pads/rotors Do It Yourself - Model 3 Are they going to add this option to the service menu or are we going to have to visit a Tesla service center to have...
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    Weather stripping protectant

    That's why Model 3/Y owners should periodically apply a rubber seal conditioner such as Nextzett Gummi Pflege (Gummi Pflege Rubber Care Stick) in order to condition and maintain the critical seals in a frameless door design.
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    What is your favorite Rinseless Wash?

    I agree and I believe that's what I stated in my original post when referring to frequent washing. You want to preserve the original clear coat as much as possible to prevent oxidation. The prompt removal of harmful contaminants on the clear coat is more important that the selection of...
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    What is your favorite Rinseless Wash?

    Your paint is protected from oxidation by the UV stabilizers in the clear coat over the colour coat. So your focus should be on protecting the clear coat layer when performing paint maintenance. Washing your car frequently especially addressing contaminants (bird poop, bug guts, etc.) that can...
  37. M

    Just ordered Model 3, need to set up charging, recommendations?

    Looks like you have spare breaker capacity in the panel pictured on the right. You currently have what appears to be a 2 phase (240 V) 20 Amp breaker in slots 14/16 that is turned off and marked as unused. Easiest solution is to replace that breaker with a 50 Amp 2 pole (phase) breaker and...
  38. M

    Glare + Streaking after new wipers + windshield. Dangerous! Any ideas?

    Looks like some form of residue either coming from the wiper blades or new windshield. First thing I would do is put wipers in maintenance mode so you can pull away and wipe the blades with a microfiber cloth soaked in streak free window cleaner (Stoner's Invisible Glass). I personally use...
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    2021 Tire Pressure Monitor Sensors

    I spoke to my local sales rep last week and he indicated that their service department was not informed of any changes in the TPMS for model 3 as I am in the same situation as you that I will need winter tires as soon as my model 3 gets delivered (late Nov/early Dec). I also just checked the...
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    New tires killed my range (20-30% decrease)

    There is an interesting article on Tire Rack discussing how rolling resistance of worn tire can appear 20% lower than the same tire when brand new. https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=177 So a significant portion of observed loss in range (nominally 4-5%) could be...
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    MASTER THREAD: 2021 Model 3 and differences from 2020

    I suspect the reason (if in fact) the heat pump is missing from the SR+ going to Europe made in China probably has to do with the LFP battery pack. The heat pump with octovalve is integral to the battey pack thermal management system and Tesla may not have had enough time to make the required...

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