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Automated car wash

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Darthbenji, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. Darthbenji

    Darthbenji Member

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    I know the manual says don’t use the touch washes. Has anyone gone through the touchless ones yet with a model 3? Any issues?
    I simply do not have the time to hand wash and want to be able to keep it clean.
     
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    #2 johndorian, Jun 11, 2018
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    Went through a Petro touchless on the weekend, no issues.
     
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    Good to know. I have the Petro Superwash card and did not want to have to give up using it. I'll limit to only using the touchless ones though.
     
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    You don't have 5 minutes to hand-wash your car? Your time must be really valuable ;)
     
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    5 minutes? That's not possible for me. When I get into hand washing my car, it's like opening Pandora's box. I keep going further and further into the details, and I'll end up blowing 3 hours. I use a touchless wash on my S every a couple of times per week, and then handwash it well, once a month.
     
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    No, I'm talking hand wand-wash. The ones where you hold the pressure washer and choose between soap/rinse/wax/brush. Do those not exist in Ontario? It takes maybe 10 minutes and $10 tops to get a good clean. An automatic one takes like 5 minutes (if there's no lineup) and does a poor job anyway.
     
  7. Darthbenji

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    Oh that I could do! They’re safe? I’m just worried the water pressure is too high for the paint.
    Hand washing I’ll become neurotic and end up screwing around for ages.
     
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    The pressure from the appropriate distance is fine. The issue with coin-op car washes is the brushes. They may have all sorts of dirt and debris in them.
     
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    I've been through touchless a couple of times. I only use the ones where you propel yourself and I always get the basic wash without the horrid spray-on-wax/Rain-X crap that never comes off the windscreen. No issues at all - not like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Fe I had a few years back where it started raining from the sunroof!
     
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    Yeah handwash isn't five minutes for me either! I'll do it every few weeks and as the seasons change but it's definitely more like 2-3 hours and that's rarely time I have to spare. Usually I just zip through the carwash once a week or so to remove most of the muck.

    The new challenge is the hassle of buying a carwash without buying gas - where I am it costs more AND I have to leave my lovely Model 3 and walk in! :)
     
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    What about the ones where you just sit there and the high pressure sprayers move around the car. Any issues for the paint with them?
     
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    No problem with those. They don't work as well, but they don't seem to damage anything.
     
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    We have those of course. I actually find that the automatic ones do a better job, as long as you go fairly frequently.
     
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    Mississauga Petro Canada always have long line up for touch less rail less car washes.

    Giving up and bought a pressure washer with foam cannon to wash at home.

    Lots of efforts to wash as Model X is tall and big...
     
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    Or just buy a pressure washer and use it at home. Electric pressure washer of course, as it would be blasphemous to use an ICE pressure washer on an electric car. ;)
     
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    Are there any issues worth noting when using the touchless washes with the rail?
     
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    I started drinking the kool aid regarding good hand washes/etc and think I have a new hobby which may become a minor obsession.
     
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    #18 Plan B, Jun 12, 2018
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    Love this guy:

     
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    Did you just put your car in Neutral for the touchless wash? I read a post on Facebook about how the Model 3 doesn't like staying in Neutral and will eventually move to Park after a short period of time
     
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    Adrian Monk washes my car. It takes him about a month.
     
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