Today we’re going to discuss the ‘things’ that a Tesla Model 3 owner should NOT do to their car. To be clear, these are things that will NOT improve the ownership experience. These actions also will NOT extend the life of Model 3 components like the battery, seats, doors, and more.
Kudos to the YouTube channel, Cf Tesla, for putting together these handy tips and tricks. It turns out the host of the channel owns a Tesla Model 3 AWD and uses the car for travel with his wife and three kids, so a lot of practical experience is behind this information. Before going any further, check out the video (see below).
The notes below correspond with the video and should provide you with a helpful “guide” for what NOT to do as a Model 3 owner.
1) DON’T USE TOXIC WIPES TO CLEAN THE SEATS
The normal kitchen cleaning wipes contain detergents, antimicrobials, and other chemicals that may harm your Tesla vehicle seats. Using wipes that contain these types of toxic chemicals can reduce the lifespan of your Tesla Model 3 seats.
Using normal ‘baby wipes’ that contain mild chemicals and are intended for the delicate skin of infants is a far better approach to cleaning Tesla’s seats. Do NOT use wipes that have harsher chemicals intended to remove fat and oil from kitchen utensils. Another popular approach is to use aftermarket seat covers to protect the original seats.
2) DON’T SHUT THE DOOR HOLDING THE GLASS WINDOW
The frameless windows of Tesla vehicles are designed much like other luxury vehicles from traditional automakers. While the frameless windows give the car a premium look, they also present possible misuse and a potential for breaking the glass. The following photo shows the wrong way of closing a Tesla vehicle door.
Above: The wrong way to close a Tesla Model 3, S, or X door by holding the glass instead of pushing the door from the bottom (Source: Cf Tesla/YouTube).