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Unable to drive for a month

Discussion in 'Model 3: Battery & Charging' started by hcdavis3, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. hcdavis3

    hcdavis3 HCD3

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    Hello all. Getting a total knee replacement in November. Any suggestions for charging for a month of no driving? I will leave my 3 plugged in for the duration. Any thoughts?
     
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    Leave it plugged in and at 50% max charge level. Li-ion batteries are happiest at 50%.

    Also, if you have someone available to, I would recommend having them move the vehicle around every week or two. Tires sitting in the same spot for an extended period of time will deform the sidewalls and potentially cause an early tire replacement.
     
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  3. KenC

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    Let the dog drive...
     
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    I don't think one month is long enough to have concern about the tires.
     
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    Thanks everyone, you guys are the best. 50 % sounds like a great plan. I’ll try to find someone to move the car, but not too worried about flat spots. Looking forward to no more pain.
     
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    True, but there are a lot of factors that go into flat spots on tires, which is why I generally would issue a blanket statement and be safer than sorry.

    Colder environments/surfaces speed this process up. If you have sticky/performance tires, they're more pliable and more susceptible to long term storage damage as well as to the cold.

    I once stored a vehicle at a friend's place going from California to Nevada (Reno area) that had summer tires on for three weeks going on vacation. All the tires ended up with flat spots, two if which did not properly reform after driving for a while, which also made the drive back uncomfortable. Anecdotally, it was a $1000 mistake that didn't even occur to me.
     
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    Wish you well in your recovery!
     
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  8. jkoya

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    Good luck with the knee replacement h and best wishes for a speedy recovery !!
     
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    If you get V10 and have the feature, you could use enhanced summon to drive the car around for you. Classic summon would let you at least roll it back and forth.
     
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    Even that would help a lot with preventing flat spots, especially if you make sure it doesn’t end up resting on the same spots on the tires.
     
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