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Got Model 3 (SR+) Towed, would there be any damage?

skiiiman

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Dec 19, 2019
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Los Angeles
In my ignorance, I got my Model 3 towed. Tow truck was not a flatbed. They used the "wheel dollies", and then lifted it from the rear wheels.

I visually inspected it at the lot, and there didn't seem to be any scratches / other stuff I could see externally. But I'm worried that it might have caused damaged internally since I didn't enable "tow mode", etc. Is there anything I need to be worried about, because I'm stressing out over this as this is still a relatively new car.
 
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WilliamG

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Apr 20, 2019
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If they lifted it, check under the vehicle to make sure they didn’t break anything. Other than that if it was lifted just at the rear wheels (i.e. just the rear wheels off the ground) I can’t see there being an issue?
 

RC2785

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Dec 27, 2018
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If I remember correctly, tow mode just makes it easier to move the car onto a flat bed and it only stays on for a limited amount of time. as long as the rear wheels were on dollies then the motor should not be damaged.
 
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skiiiman

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Dec 19, 2019
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Are you saying they used dollies on all 4 wheels?

I think the dollies were only on the front wheels.

If they lifted it, check under the vehicle to make sure they didn’t break anything. Other than that if it was lifted just at the rear wheels (i.e. just the rear wheels off the ground) I can’t see there being an issue?

Yeah, it was lifted from the rear and towed that way.
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QUOTE="RSL2020, post: 4312742, member: 84394"]If there were dollies on the front wheels its likely fine. I believe Tow mode is for pulling onto a flatbead.[/QUOTE]

Got it, there were dollies on the front wheel.
 

TomB985

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Apr 15, 2019
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I'm sure it's fine.

RWD or AWD?

ON edit: just saw your second post. With dollies on the front it doesn't matter.

They didn't hurt it...you can stop stressing. Your car is just fine. :)
 
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WilliamG

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Apr 20, 2019
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I think the dollies were only on the front wheels.



Yeah, it was lifted from the rear and towed that way.
If there were dollies on the front wheels its likely fine. I believe Tow mode is for pulling onto a flatbead.

Got it, there were dollies on the front wheel.

Then I don’t see what there is to worry about. Just look underneath and check the jack points (just in case) and then get driving!
 

Fair Verona

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Sep 1, 2018
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Did no one here actually read this? Multiple times, it states that the car should not be towed with any wheels on the ground. Specifically, it states in big bold caps letters:

Warning: TOWING MODEL 3 WITH THE
TIRES CONTACTING THE GROUND CAN
CAUSE OVERHEATING AND DAMAGE TO
THE REAR MOTOR.


If I'm understanding the OP's description properly, their car was towed with the front lifted and the rear wheels rolling on the ground - exactly what the manual says not to do. I would get your motor checked out if I were you.
 

Diesel123

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Aug 27, 2018
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Did no one here actually read this? Multiple times, it states that the car should not be towed with any wheels on the ground. Specifically, it states in big bold caps letters:

Warning: TOWING MODEL 3 WITH THE
TIRES CONTACTING THE GROUND CAN
CAUSE OVERHEATING AND DAMAGE TO
THE REAR MOTOR.


If I'm understanding the OP's description properly, their car was towed with the front lifted and the rear wheels rolling on the ground - exactly what the manual says not to do. I would get your motor checked out if I were you.

Reread the OP description and follow up posts. Rear lifted and front wheels on dollies - so no wheels contacting ground. All good from what I read.
 

woodguyatl

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Oct 3, 2018
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GA
Did no one here actually read this? Multiple times, it states that the car should not be towed with any wheels on the ground. Specifically, it states in big bold caps letters:

Warning: TOWING MODEL 3 WITH THE
TIRES CONTACTING THE GROUND CAN
CAUSE OVERHEATING AND DAMAGE TO
THE REAR MOTOR.


If I'm understanding the OP's description properly, their car was towed with the front lifted and the rear wheels rolling on the ground - exactly what the manual says not to do. I would get your motor checked out if I were you.

The OP said the wheels were on dollies. Wheels on dollies are not in contact with the ground.
 

TomB985

Member
Apr 15, 2019
446
575
Isanti, MN
The car was towed with a wheel lift on the rear, and the front wheels on dollies. These little gadgets mean none of the wheels were no the ground:

dollies_on_tow.jpg
 

SageBrush

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May 7, 2015
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New Mexico
^^ Yeah, OP sounds fine.

But in general, am I right in thinking that a RWD Model 3 could be towed with front wheels rolling on the ground and the rear wheels in the air ?

As an aside, in a recent thread it was posted that damage to the plastic under-battery cover occurred when a car was put on a flat trailer. Anybody know how that happens (and how to prevent it) ?
 

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