Tesla Car Wash & Tesla Tire Repair Kit – Protect your car!

Tesla Car Wash & Tesla Tire Repair Kit – Protect your car!

Caring for your Tesla Model 3
I’ve gotten a lot of questions on what products I use to clean my Model 3, and what my recommendations
are for things like a spare tire. Basically, how I care for my car, so I thought
it would be good to compile a few ideas and suggestions into one video. Cleaning
You might be asking yourself, “Is he really going to tell us how to wash a car?” Sort of. Before you jump into the comments and tell
me I’m doing it wrong or using the wrong product, I’m not presenting this as the
definitive way to clean you car. But these are products I hadn’t used until
a year or two ago and wish I had known about them earlier. They’ve come in very handy. Living in the northeast of the United States,
I have to deal with cold, miserable, dirty winters. For a lot of people, you can only wash your
car when the temperature warms up enough to not instantly freeze, which means there may
be long stretches in the winter that you have to go with a pretty dirty car. Either that, or pay a lot of money for a detailer
to do it for you. I have a very tiny house with an even tinnier
garage that doesn’t have drainage in the floor or a lot of room to maneuver around
the car. Well, Ben Sullins Teslanomics channel had
a video covering his experience having Elite Finish Detailing in San Diego ceramic coat
his car (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMMbPhZ0P-M). They have an interesting product called Washmist
(https://www.elitefinishdetailing.com/product/washmist-waterless-wash-kit) that requires next to no water and actually
gets your car pretty clean. Best part is that all you need is a spray
bottle and some microfiber cloths and you’re good to go. You need to clean your car one section at
a time. To start, fold your microfiber cloth into
quarters and hold it by the crease. Spray a light coating on the small section
you’re going to work on and let it sit for a few seconds. Then without applying any real pressure to
the cloth, just drag it along the surface. This will lift the majority of dirt and debris
off the surface without scratching the car. And yes, I’ve done this to my previous car
and my Model 3 quite a few times and haven’t had any scratches. If the surface looks clear, then do an even
lighter spritz, barely anything, refold the cloth to get a clean quarter and then wipe
along the surface again. This time though you can apply some light
pressure. This is essentially the final buffing of the
section. Repeat this process section by section, ending
with the wheels. I was pretty surprised how well this got my
car clean. It doesn’t require any rinsing. And you’re talking about using less than
a liter of water for a complete car wash. It also has a sealant as part of the mix,
so the final surface is very smooth, glossy, and helps to repel water and dirt for a few
weeks until it wears off. I’m able to wash my entire car in about
15 minutes in my tiny garage in the middle of winter. For those times where the weather is nicer,
I’ll pull out the big guns and use the bucket method with something like Optimum No Rinse
Wash & Shine (https://amzn.to/2QRZSFb). This uses more water, but allows you to use
more intensive cleaning methods, like brushes, to get into the nooks and crannies of the
wheels and underside of the car. Both work really well, use far less water
than automatic car washes or do it yourself car wash bays, and also save you money too. 16oz of Washmist costs $25, and it takes 1oz
mixed with 15oz of water per spray bottle. I’ve been able to wash my car with roughly
1 1/2 spray bottles, which means it costs me about $2.50 for each wash. Elite Finish sells kits that include spray
bottles, microfiber cloths, and the mix too. So depending on what you need, they’ve got
your covered. They aren’t the only company with a product
like this, so shop around, but I wanted to show how well this style of cleaning works
because it’s a great way to clean your car in a more ecologically friendly way. And side note, Washmist does a great job cleaning
the inside and outside of the windows too. It’s also great for spot cleaning those
random bird bombs you may encounter from time to time. Wheel rim protectors
I … I’m ashamed to admit this, but in the past I’ve suffered from … curb rash. And don’t deny it, I know you have too. We all have at some point gotten just a little
too close to the curb when parking or pulling up , but it may not cover it up completely. Well, there’s a product that can help with
those low speed brush ups against the curb. Evannex was kind enough to send me this Wheel
Bands Kit for the Tesla Model 3 (https://evannex.com/products/wheel-bands-kit-for-tesla-model-3) to check out. Installing the kit takes just a little bit
of time. It took me about 7-8 minutes per wheel to
get everything applied. To start out you should clean your wheels
to get as much of the dirt and grime off the rims, then use the provided alcohol wipes
to remove the last remaining contaminants. The kit comes in a variety of colors. There’s a track that you lay down first,
followed by a colored tubing that is inset into the track. You can mix and match the colors, but I chose
a black track with black insert because I thought it would match and look the best with
the uncovered Aero wheel rims. The track comes in a long coil that can be
a little unwieldy to deal with, so I’d recommend cutting it to a rough length before applying. Start by removing a few inches of the adhesive
backing paper and then just press into place along the edge of the rim. Try your best to keep a consistent placement
around the entire wheel as you go. At the end, just cut to make a precise fit
and you can move on to the tubing insert. Same deal with this part of the process. Rough cut the tube to length and then snap
into place within the track. You should offset the tubing cut on the opposite
side of the track cut, which helps with the final appearance and structure. Wash, rinse, and repeat for each wheel and
you’re done. I’m actually pretty surprised how well these
look in person. With the all black on the Aero wheel rims
they blend in, however, if you wanted to add a little pop, you could choose a red insert,
or silver. They have several options for the colors. These should do a decent job of protecting
you from those slow motion curb crashes. All you have to do it remove the damaged protector
and reapply a new one, or if you already have a minor scrape these can help mask them. Check out Evannex for more details on the
options available. Recommend tire repair kit
And sticking with the tires, we need to address the elephant in the room. The Model 3 doesn’t include a spare tire
in the trunk, so if you get a flat, your only option is to call road assistance. Well, thankfully there are some products on
the market to help give you a temporary patch on your tire, which can help you drive the
car to a repair shop yourself and avoid waiting for a tow truck. The trickiest part of selecting a tire repair
kit is to make sure it’s approved for use on tires that have tire pressure sensors. Tesla sells its own tire repair kit (https://shop.tesla.com/us/en/product/vehicle-accessories/model-s_x_3-tire-repair-kit.html)
that works with all of their cars. It contains a built in tire pump that you
can use to top off your tire pressure at any time by using the bottom black hose, as well
as a sealant canister to patch punctures. To repair a puncture all you have to do is
attach the top clear hose to the tire, and plug the tire pump to the car’s 12 volt
outlet. There’s a built in sensor in the compressor
that will check to make sure there’s a secure seal before dispensing the sealant. A nice add-on compared to some of the other
kits I’ve seen, which can be messy. The kit is rated to give you a maximum of
186 miles or 300 km on the repaired tire, which should be more than enough to get your
car somewhere for a permanent fix or a replacement. The one downside that I see to this kit is
the price. It’s $80, which is on the more expensive
side of things, but you are getting an automatic tire pump as part of the kit. A decent automatic tire pump (https://amzn.to/2El6QvR)
will cost you around $50, and you could go with another sealant like Fix a Flat (https://amzn.to/2QRfqZX)
for about $10. For me I thought the Tesla kit was worth the
few extra bucks to keep tucked away in my trunk for emergencies. And somewhat related to this is if you need
to jack your car up. Let’s say you bought a spare tire for your
Tesla, or want to change tires yourself at home. Be aware that there are four specific jack
points under the car. If you don’t use the proper placement, you
can damage the battery … which is obviously something you don’t want to do. You’ll notice that those jack points have
recessed holes, which are meant for the use of jack pads that protect the car from damage
and scratches. They also secure the car to the jack itself. You can buy your own jackpads from someone
like Reverse Logic (https://www.reverselogic.us/shop.html#!/Jack-Pad-for-Tesla-Model-3/p/102248217/category=28120348), which are a good quality jackpad. I bought myself a set and leave them in my
trunk just in case I need to go to a non-Tesla service center for any reason. I can give them the jackpads to use … just
in case. And they’ll come in handy for myself because
I’m planning on changing out my own tires down the road. Final Thoughts
So hopefully this answers a few questions I know some of you have had, and as always,
don’t look at these items as the definitive solution that’s right for everyone. This is what I’ve found to work really well
for myself, and when it comes to things like Washmist, I wish I had known about that type
of product sooner. It’s been great, and another way I’m trying
to be ecologically conscious and be more responsible with my water usage. And a special thank you to Evannex for sending
me the RimPro-Tec wheel bands. Links to everything are in the description
below. If you liked the video, be sure to give it
a thumbs up and comment below with what products you use to take care of your car. I’m sure some of you have great recommendations. And if you’d like to support the channel
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  1. I was under the impression that Tesla uses some type of foam band inside of the tires to reduce noise. This would render any type of sealant as non-usable. Your thoughts?

  2. I enjoy your videos but you really pick the expensive items for your Model 3. A $30 portable air compressor is just as effective as Tesla's $80 kit. And use a plug kit, not sealant. Don't get me started on those jacking pucks at $25 each….seriously? Takes 10 minutes to make 4 out of hockey pucks with rubber stoppers screwed into them at a cost of $25 total.

  3. Rinseless washes aren't great for your paint, it's more of a "I have no other options" solution. Contaminants are still present when you are rubbing the micro-fiber cloth on your car, most pro detailers always recommend rinsing at the very least with a hose before using a rinseless wash.

  4. I bought the Reverse Logic Jack Pads and thought to myself as I put them in the trunk, I'll probably never use these things. There goes $100 into the trunk never to see the light of day again.

    The very next week I had a fast leak due to a screw in the tire. I gave the jack pads to a local tire shop and jacking was quick and safe.

    Without a spare tire and special jacking procedure the jack pads come in real handy.


  5. I carry air compressor and a tire plug kit and have used it on past tires, and not even bothered with a professional tire patch. If you get a nail or screw though a tire in the main tread of the tire, a plug can be a permanent repair. (Yes, patches are BETTER, but a plug can be fine too)

  6. For my Model 3 with white interior, I use the nearest touchless auto car wash, Griot’s Garage Interior Cleaner, and a $10 spray can of Meguiar’s Ultimate Fast Finish I apply every 6 months. It works great.

  7. I purchased a factory $600 20" rim and mounted 1 of 5 winter tires im using in the northeast USA. I made 5 hockey puck jack pads for less than $20, and carry a custom scissor jack around with me at all times. Dont carry wheel setup daily. Will carry on long trips when I do. Also purchased a low profile portable 2 1/2 ton floor jack that I will use only for tire swaps at the end of the season. $60…and custom built jack pad that replaces floor jacks actual metal pad. For pix see keithpixguy on IG for info.

  8. Home car washing is waaay down on the list of discretionary uses of water. For maximum impact, consider your landscaping choices, or reducing your consumption of water-intensive foods, such as meats.

  9. I'm fairly certain a tire repair kit that inserts "goo" into the tire to seal the puncture does not work on the OEM Conti-silent tires on a Model 3. Conti-silent have a 1-2 inch layer of foam along the entire bottom of the tire to reduce road noise. The "goo" cannot seal a puncture through this foam. See this link on how to repair a Conti-silent tire. It involves taking the tire completely off the car. https://sandyblogs.com/techlink/?p=8677

  10. I have been using a similar cleaning product called Aero Cosmetics Wash Wax All on all my cars to do a dry wash. It is water based, alcohol and ammonia free and biodegradable. Same application process as the one you describe. It is a very popular product on Amazon with many 5 star reviews. It was originally manufactured for aircraft and is approved by Boeing and British Aerospace for use on the wings of planes. It leaves the car with a glossy shine.

    The guy who put the ceramic coating on my car recommended Aerolon Tech Shine. It is an exterior clear coat product that is applied wet after the car is washed to reinforce the clear coat. It is not a dry wash product. It is supposed to extend the life of the clear coat.

    I ordered Rimsavers from RPM Tesla to cope with wheel rash. I think it is a better product than the one you show in your video. It comes in a variety of colors that match the color of the rims. You can also purchase red if you want to add an accent to your rims.

    I also wanted to mention two other products I purchased to accessorize by Model 3. RPM Tesla sells ambient LED backseat lighting that installs in the USB ports in the back seat area. Very nice because there is no floor lighting in the back seat.

    Another is a USB hub (port expander) by Anker. It provides four USB 3.0 ports and I plugged it into one of the front USB ports in the storage compartment next to the port I use for the wireless charging pad. It adheres to the bottom of the compartment with velcro that is supplied with the hub. You get buy this on Amazon.

  11. Can you please run your rim against a curb and see if it actually protects and doesn't just squish and move aside when the 1,000lbs of force is applied between your rim and concrete?

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