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Cleaning bottom of Tesla

Discussion in 'Model S' started by whitecotton, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. whitecotton

    whitecotton Member

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    I washed my car today, and I was going to try something new so I got on my floor creeper and accidentally sprayed in the battery vents. So much sand and dirt came out. Since I found all that dirt I preceded to wash the dirt out of the rest of the car. To the point of my story, has anyone else done this? I was suprised to find so much sand and debris inside.


    Most of the sand actually washed away before I moved the a
    car to grab the pic.
     

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  2. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Are you talking about the front vents or other vents? Curious, because I drive on roads with lots of debris that gets kicked up from the cars in front of me in the rain. I haven't noticed a build up. But I have not looked that closely.

    Thanks.
     
  3. ArtInCT

    ArtInCT Always Learning

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    Was all of that sand from Winter snow/ice treatment of your roads OR was that sand just accumulating due to the normal conditions of your roads?
     
  4. whitecotton

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    It was from the slats on the side of the battery pack underneath the car. I sprayed water into the round openings, I think there is four on each side.

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    Just normal driving conditions. I'm in the Houston area so we never get ice treatments in the roads.
     
  5. MassModel3

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    Never tried it personally, but the battery is a completely sealed unit so you shouldn't be able to harm it with a garden hose. One forum member posted about driving his Tesla through flood waters that came up to the front of his hood, and no problems (and surprisingly no leaks in the doors!).

    I'm normally blissfully ignorant and happy to be such, but now you're making me want to check the next time I wash my car. But Tesla service just dropped my battery a few weeks ago for maintenance, so I assume they cleaned up down there at the same time.
     
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    This thread inspired me to video the underbelly of my 9 month old sweetheart with my iPod with the light on. I should never have done it with the light on.

    It was only one mild winter, honest Officer :crying:

    Then again this is a loaner pack, mine is back in the Mothership.

    Still doesn't seem clear to me where the pack ends and where car begins, does anyone know of an underbelly diagram or video :confused:

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    ie. I am hoping the plastic "air diffuser" panels don't need to be removed on every pack swap ? Hmmm, off to find that 90 second swap vid...

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    Battery Swap Event | Tesla Motors
     
  7. whitecotton

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    I was definitely surprised to see that much dirt come out of a place that I didn't expect. It's now part of my cleaning ritual.
     
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    Can you post pictures of the slats?
     
  9. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    Yes, please do. I'm not sure I know which ones you're talking about.
     
  10. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Well, now I'm inspired. I do always do a bit of a rinse of the undercarriage whenever I wash the car. Always have, coming from New England. But I never really look beyond the wheel wells. Now I will.
     
  11. whitecotton

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    I sprayed the water nozzle into the round holes.
     

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  12. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    I'm not sure my car even has those. Never saw them before.
     

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