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Tire Damage /Car Wash


Mar 20, 2021
Soo.. Collected my M3P end of March. Had a few things corrected but the paint has always been an issue, going back and forth with the dealer on that. Looks like cobwebs/swirls under the clear coat. They buffed it twice using a third party and now a Tesla body shop. Issue remains. Annoying they suck at paint jobs since it’s relatively low-tech compared to the rest of the car..

Problem I’d like advice on today however, a week after collecting my ‘better’ half took it to a car wash. I didn’t stop her, I heard all the warnings and all the other comments that it shouldn’t be an issue. That said Tesla have agreed to correct the paint on the whole car so what’s the worst that can happen.

One of the staff lined up the car and it got pulled through the automated part of the wash, soon after it gets going the car gets lifted into the air. When it comes out the other side a lump has been taken out of the front passenger tire in the side wall. Plus a mark left an inch lower on the wheel. Another mark same place on the rear wheel, no tire damage there though.

There was a witness who was chatting to her prior to the car going in, admiring the car and so forth and he’s willing to give an affidavit if things don’t get sorted out.

Owner of the car wash promised to make things right, but it’s taken a long time so far. Car had 200 miles on the clock when it happened, today it has 3K.

Question is, it is smart to only replace one tire even with low mileage. I’m sure even at 3K it shouldn’t be an issue but want to double check.

Im going there in a few hours to get the tire replaced and wheels refurbished. (If the wheels don’t look new post the fix I’m demanding new ones).

Thank you in advance


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Apr 20, 2021
Question is, it is smart to only replace one tire even with low mileage.
Not an expert, but the advice to replace tires is so they'll have even wear. Assuming the good tires are like new, it shouldn't be a problem. But I would defer to the advice of other, more knowledgable, members.
soon after it gets going the car gets lifted into the air.

Is Flying Mode ® an option or just one of Tesla's Easter eggs? :)
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