- 'Joules' 12/1/12 - 21990mi @ 375Whr/mi Zextraterrestials S (tory)
I cannot in good conscience recommend a Tesla to anyone who takes winter trips on unplowed roads. (It's OK here in NY because they plow *everything*, but in Michigan, they just don't.)
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Once snow does buildup in the wheel wells, it creates friction and as we found out, can create enough friction to prevent the wheels from turning.
Just a caution for others that brave the snow in the Tesla.
I guess I'm not the only who has found problems with snow and our wheel wells.
Sounds like the plastic in the wheel well does not shed snow like normal cars. This is besides our low clearance.
Won't stop us from driving in the snow, but I will be clearing the snow from the car wheel wells semi daily when its bad here.
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I use the sort of scraper which is basically a long pole with a little scraper on the end. Seems to work pretty well.
I take "Electro", my amazing Model S, to the train station: yes, it's a station wagon
I have no personal experience of this idea but perhaps the use of a wax-based anti-rusting product applied to (clean, though not necessarily dry) wheel well plastic might help stop snow from sticking in the first place. Waxoyl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This has been available in the UK for more than 40 years - I expect there are US versions of the same sort of thing.
It does work extremely well as a rust preventative for all the difficult to get at places that tend to go rusty first, like pressed/welded metal seams and cavities - and I do have extremely good experience of its effectiveness here. Unlike the tar-based under body treatments, if the Waxoyl coating is removed by flying road debris, the Waxoyl stays permanently very slightly viscous and so creeps back over time to re-seal the damage.
I don't know why all motor manufacturers don't use it as standard in the factory. Oh, yes. It's not in their interests for us to all be driving around in 30 year old rust-free cars, is it!
I had this problem. It threw off the balance of my wheels and the car vibrated pretty badly. Cleaning it all out and power washing the insides of the wheels helped a lot but It was too late I guess as I drove too far and too hard on it and it still vibrated > 40mph. I took it to the SC who rotated and "rebalanced" the tires. So the actual tire mount on the wheel itself got thrown off from driving like that.
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This thread, combined with a trip to Chicago I took earlier this week, makes me so, so, so glad I don't live in an area that gets a lot of snow. I don't know how you guys deal with it.
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This phenomenon does not seem appreciably worse to me with a Tesla than with other vehicles I have driven. Except maybe the truck, because the wells were just so much bigger it would usually break off periodically I suppose. It too bad this will apparently be a deal breaker for everyone that Neroden would otherwise recommend to get a Tesla.
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