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Ok to Use automated car wash? S in neutral, car too low or just do it all ok?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by SKEarlyFord, Aug 3, 2017.

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  1. SKEarlyFord

    SKEarlyFord New Member

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    Do we use automated car washes for our S? What's best to use to freshen up black leather interior?
     
  2. DrivingRockies

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    Touchless is ok per the manual. Brushes not so much.
     
  3. YauKwan

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    Dont go through automatic car washes. Because the car was made in Cali, the paint is softer than other cars paint and scratches easily.

    as for leather, any leather cleaner/conditioner is fine.
     
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  4. Qbenjamin

    Qbenjamin Ballin On A Budget

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    I use an automated car wash on a weekly basis and haven't had any issues, it does have brushes and I haven't even noticed as much as a single swirl since I bought the car 8 months ago.
     
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  5. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Just put it in Neutral. Or don't bother, but then you'll get the proximity warnings going off all the way through.
     
  6. NYEVDriver

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    I use a touchless car wash for both vehicles and after a year there is not a single swirl mark on either car. The following link details the type of carwash I use:

     
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    Be sure to fold in your mirrors
     
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    This has been an ongoing discussion over many threads. Just do a search and you will see a plethora of information and opinions. Personally, I go 1-2 per week. They personally drive my car through (rather then deal with the neural vs tow mode). No issues with paint. I don't fold my mirrors in either.
     
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    Is your car wrapped?
     
  10. MGMDaware

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    I have a combination of 3m vinyl wrap and plasti-dip to accommodate my compulsion to remove all chrome. It has all held up. I am exactly 1 year in. The kick plate on the drivers side needs a little touch up (from rocks, not car wash), but otherwise holding strong. Even the dip on my rims has remained flawless.
     
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    I would stay away from car washes that drag the car on a track or any sort of pulley system. there are many washers where the car remains stationary and the washing mechanism moves.
     
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    Qbenjamin Ballin On A Budget

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    No
     
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    Expel Pro + Cquartz coating on both of my Tesla'MS. Never a regular/automated car wash, always touch less and then hand dry the cars. 2013 MS still looks as good as my 2017.
     
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    HankLloydRight Fluxing

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    I use a regular car wash occasionally. Suspension on high and in neutral. No real problems.
     
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    AmpedRealtor Well-Known Member

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    You know that's complete nonsense, right?
     
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  16. Az_Rael

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    I use an automated wash at my local Costco, and it even has those foam "brush" things. I am a terrible person. The biggest thing is getting aligned right to not scratch your rims on the tracks, then just put it in neutral and stay seated in the car.

    I do NOT use the kind of washes where they send your car through without someone in it - then the car has to be in tow mode, and that sounds like a nightmare if someone messes it up. So I just use the Costco wash and call it good. (I do have a full PPF wrap, tho)
     
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