How to use Car Wash Mode on Tesla vehicles

When taking your Tesla to a car wash, Car Wash Mode closes all windows, locks the charge port, and disables windshield wipers, Sentry Mode, walk-away door locking, and parking sensor chimes.

To enable, touch Controls > Service > Car Wash Mode. Your vehicle must be stationary and not actively charging.

If using an automatic car wash, Enable Free Roll keeps your vehicle in Neutral and activates free roll for the duration of the wash, while preventing your Tesla from applying the Parking brake if you leave the driver’s seat.

To enable, press on the brake pedal and touch Enable Free Roll; or shift into Neutral.

Car Wash Mode disables if the vehicle’s speed exceeds 9 mph (15 km/h) or by touching Exit on the touchscreen.

CAUTION: Failure to put your Tesla in Car Wash Mode may result in damage (for example, to the charge port or windshield wipers). Damage caused by car washes is not covered by the warranty.

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29 days ago

Use a touchless car wash if you can to minimize clear coat damage. Select car wash mode button on the service menu. You’ll get a pop-up that takes you thru the process. There are buttons to fold mirrors, enable free roll, and eventually exit car wash mode.

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