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12 Mistakes Tesla Owners Are Making

There are 12 mistakes you can make when owning a Tesla. It is best to avoid them. Here they are.


The First 6 Mistakes

Not Properly Closing the Front Trunk

Tesla vehicles have a space known as the frunk where a typical gas engine would be in the front of their vehicles. Gas cars typically need the hood to be slammed, however, for a Tesla, these don't open and close automatically yet, so you can ruin your frunk by closing it too hard. It's best to gently let it down and then close it down once the frunk lid is down.

Using the Manual Door Release

The proper way to open a door is to use the electronic button on the arm of the door. If the Tesla has no power, you can use the manual door release underneath the door of the car. When the manual release is used now, if the car has power, the windows will lower and won't likely damage the trim.

Don't Charge to 100%

For most Tesla vehicles with Lithium-ion batteries, you don't want to charge to 100%. This is for any long range or performance vehicles. For the Model 3 RWD with LFP batteries - Tesla recommends that you charge to 100% regularly as the batteries can handle that better. For Non standard range vehicle, a charge percent at 50% can give you what you need for your daily commute. Anything up to 80% is also fine.

Bypassing Software Limitations

The Model 3 range long range used to have the same motor as the Model 3 performance. The only thing holding it back was software. 3rd party companies were making software to unlock the full potential of the motor. This is a big no-no and Tesla will prompt you to remove these software devices as they can have an adverse affect.

Bypassing Autopilot and FSD

Tesla is able to detect devices and weights used to trick Autopilot and FSD. Tesla will disable your Autopilot or FSD for the whole drive or longer if you are doing this. Eventually you'll be able to use these without the nags, but the software isn't at that point yet.

Don't Take a Tesla to a Touch Car Wash

Tesla paint is pretty soft and thin. Going to a touch car wash may affect your Tesla negatively. Washing your car with your own sponges is safer and won't scratch as easily.

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The Next 6 Mistakes

Use Abrasive Cleaners on the Seats

An abrasive cleaner is something that has a lot of chemicals. Natural substances like baby whipes work pretty well. Don't use heavy chemical substances on your seats - it can ruin them.

Getting Curb Rash

Tesla vehicles are known for easily getting curb rash. That happens when there is a curb and your tire rubs up against a curb. Just avoid parking next to curbs. If you do need to park next to a curb, use the backup and side cameras.

Precondition Before Fast Charging

You will have a slower charging experience if your battery is cold when going to a charger.

Driving on a Cold Battery

The car will try to warm the battery while you are driving and it won't be as efficient while driving

Extreme Acceleration or De-acceleration With a Cold Battery

Anytime it is cold, simply precondition your battery and heat it up. Then you won't have this problem.

Don't Use Your Tesla As a Boat

Elon Musk shared that a Tesla can float like a boat for a short moment. But this is something you shouldn't do if you can avoid it.

These are 12 things you shouldn't do to your Tesla. A lot of this is making sure your battery is warm when driving. Are there any other things you would add to this list?

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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.

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Charlie P Mayer (not verified)    January 8, 2023 - 9:36AM

"Tesla paint is pretty soft and thin" - Elon personally stated in a blog several years ago that this is incorrect. Perhaps a credible disinterested third party will post a video of paint testing on various makes to verify or debunk this issue. Perhaps that video already exists? The rest of the paragraph is good advice for any vehicle.