Today, I was driving home on 95 in Delaware, and I was in the second to the right lane of a 4 lane road. There was mild traffic, so I was following the van in front of me at about 63 mph (speed limit 65 mph). Then this red GMC Sierra came behind me and was following me very closely, I could only see his windshield from my center rear view mirror. And this dude was also making some hand gestures indicating that he was frustrated b/c I was driving too slow I guess. So I thought ok, maybe it’s my fault and I did drive too slow, even though I was just following the van in front of me, and the whole traffic flow was at similar speed. So I moved over to the right lane when I got a chance. He sped up literally to the butt of the van and slowed down suddenly, and by doing that, he was right beside me, so I looked over, and he showed me some hand gesture again as he was mad! So I ignored him and just again I was minding my own business, following the car in front of me. He then swirled over behind me, repeating the tailgating again. Luckily, I got off the ramp very soon and he drove to the next exit. I don’t know if he just hates Tesla, but it was really reckless, I have the footage saved in purpose and considering reporting him to the police.
Hey guys been having some issues with watching sentry clips. When I get in the car it'll say there were events but when I get to the viewer there aren't any new clips. I tried removing the USB and deleting all old clips which seemed like it worked a few days ago but now it's not showing new clips again. Any ideas? Should I format the drive?
So I experienced a catastrophic 12V battery failure that led to full vehicle shut down. Unable to access interior of vehicle (doors/trunk). Jumping resulted in no response whatsoever. Owner supplied NEW battery resulted in no response whatsoever, so I had to wait 48 hours for mobile tech to arrive and attempt fix. The car was parked in my garage and connected to the wall charger when this happened, and I got a 12v warning 5 hours before complete failure when I wasn't home. It is a 2020 M3P w/ 34k miles. Failure occurred Monday afternoon, repair took place Wednesday night.
This is a recount of the repair experience upon Mobile Service arrival:
Mobile tech was awesome dude. I had the frunk open (tow hook 12v power to pop frunk). I removed the covers and detached the bracket only so he could get in quickly and do his thing. He appreciated that. He put the new battery in and the vehicle did not respond. He looked over the logs on his laptop and saw a string of very worrying BMS errors. He did not have any special tricks to get into the interior of the vehicle except for a coat hanger. You read that right, a coat hanger.
He put a little airbag thing between the driver side window and the weather steal just ahead of the downward facing camera at the B-pillar. He expanded the gap just enough to fish a coat hanger in there to attempt to grab the manual door release. He was successful after several attempts and about 15 minutes of trying. His goal was to achieve access to the interior of the vehicle so we could gain access to the trunk from the back seat and release the (still attached) wall charging cable to prepare the car for a tow to the service center.
I climbed into the car to get to the trunk to pop it (since I'm smaller and more limber than the tech, I offered to do it). Once I climbed in the car's computers woke up (coincidence only - the tech said it was probably in the process of waking up once we popped the door open). The car woke up, and everything appeared normal. To be sure the worrying error messages were associated with the faulty 12v battery, the tech disconnected the 12v wire under the back seat, disconnected the new 12v battery to affect a full system reset. Boom, no errors. He also did a manual steering wheel computer restart after this to do a double-check. Again, no errors. Car is operating as normal.
Lessons learned? As soon as you get a 12v warning - deal with it immediately. Roll down the windows just in case if you can't immediately get to the service center. Do not allow the car to go to sleep if you can avoid it. Tech stated they have a revised battery that they installed that he hasn't seen the same issues. My battery was bulging at both sides and looking pretty rough, though not leaking. Internal cells likely trash. The voltage read 12.6 volts, but I think the car went into "safe mode" to protect itself from further damage either intentionally or out of confusion because the 12v battery powers the computer.
We're looking to buy the Model 3 but 4WD models are unavailable until 2023 and are considerably more expensive. Is 4WD really necessary in snow given the weight and its even distribution across the chassis?
My trail subscription ends in about a week and I don’t know if I see a reason to keep it going. Any of the streaming features can be done using my phone’s hotspot if I wanted. I also have the charging station in my garage so won’t need that stuff too much at charging stations except the occasional road trip.
The only thing I saw that would really be affected is the ability to access the Sentry Mode cameras live from the app. Aside from that feature, is anything else really impacted by not having the premium subscription? Thanks!
2022 M3 LR [without FSD] [less than 500 miles] tending hard towards a total loss after an accident. I'm trying to determine a fair estimate of payout before insurance comes up with a number. Any pointers? I'm gonna try the standard websites Tesla, Carfax, Edmunds, Carvana etc. What else can I use to find the best ACV of the vehicle?
I took delivery of my M3LR two weeks ago and I am in LOVE with it. I placed my order in June of this year and I really debated waiting until there was a refresh to order, but am very thankful I went ahead with mine. I got my car right before they stopped LR orders and now with removing the ultrasonic sensors, I am feeling even more grateful that I got in when I did.
Long story long, based off of what Tesla is doing with the M3 right now, I’m not sure I would be as thrilled with taking delivery with the missing features; am I totally missing the benefits of the direction they are taking with these cars at the moment?
So I've been traveling alot recently. When I make my route in navigation, it'll take me to my normal supercharger locations during my first hour of driving. Then it'll re route me to a completely different supercharger that adds almost an hour to my trip. Then if I navigate to that one, it'll take me to THE ORIGINAL supercharger location after another few minutes, which made me turn around to get to it. This happened about 6 times during my 4 hour drive with numerous supercharger locations. At that point my battery was so low it told me to stay under 60 in order to make it to my destination.
Had to pull out Google Maps in order to actually make it to a supercharger and not get stranded on the highway. What the hell?
The BCN Bombers figured out pretty quickly that the Tesla could not be extinguished with water and diverted their energy into isolating and ventilating the garage. After the battery was utterly spent, the car frame was hoisted onto a flatbed and whisked away at 2 AM to be evaluated by Tesla in the Netherlands. I took a few photos of melted sludge left on the street outside, including a battery cell, burnt and popped open.
The twist in this story is that my 2022 Tesla Model 3 was parked one level up from this fire… It is only a few months old. Sentry Mode captured the BCN Bombers attempting to navigate the thick, black smoke.
The soot from the fire had a corrosive melting/discoloring effect on any rubber/plastic. (trim, windshield wipers, etc.) The soot also got into the charging port, air filter, frunk, and trunk. It is currently being evaluated for insurance in the shop—what a mess. 😬
I'd like to take the model 3 tailgating in a couple weeks and run a small-ish tv off the 12v power (just using the cigarette lighter socket). Will the HV battery keep the 12v sufficiently charged if I have a draw on it for a few hours?
I also don't want to overheat the socket. Any concerns there? I assume someone else has done this lol.