Here’s how Tesla Car Wash Mode works



Teslas are undoubtedly the world’s most sophisticated production cars loaded with technology and even AI.

So, taking such an advanced vehicle to a car wash in a classic style is now deprecated. Tesla has its own Car Wash Mode. It needs to be activated before giving your dream car a bubble bath.

The need for this topic arrived as many new Tesla owners don’t know about the Car Wash Mode. It’s a feature that Tesla deployed a while ago but needs to be covered more.

Because not activating the Car Wash Mode in a car wash can damage your Tesla vehicle and such damages are not covered by warranty.

Tesla Accessories by EVANNEX.
– Sponsored –

For example, if Car Wash Mode is not activated and the Tesla vehicle enters the car wash, it can trigger automatic wipers. The system confusing car wash water pressure with rain can damage the wipers.

For the vehicle’s safety, the frunk (front trunk), rear trunk, and charge port are also locked automatically when a Tesla vehicle enters Car Wash Mode. Sentry Mode is also turned off to save battery and unnecessary nagging.

Tesla vehicles take the following actions when Car Wash Mode is activated:

  • Keep speed below 10 mph
  • Charge port door: locked
  • Walk-Away Door Lock: off
  • Automatic wipers: off
  • Parking assist chimes: off
  • Automatic doors: off (only Model X)
  • Sentry Mode: off
  • Climate: Recirculating
  • Frunk: closed
  • Trunk: closed
– Advertisement –
As I said above, a fragment of Tesla owners is not aware of the presence of the Car Wash Mode feature even after owning the vehicle for a while.

Tesla (TSLA) has a unique standing in the car industry — the automaker’s ability to add/improve features via over-the-air (OTA) software updates. Car Wash Mode has and will be improved with time as the car’s technology evolves and features are added in the future.

The Cleaning section of the Tesla Owner’s Manual has the following instructions to enable Car Wash Mode and related information:

When taking Model S, 3, X, Y 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 Model S 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.


Failure to put Model S, 3, X, Y 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.

Tesla Owner’s Manual

Let’s watch how Tesla Car Wash Mode works in the real world in the following video by a Tesla owner.

Video: Watch the Tesla Car Wash Mode in action in a touchless car wash.


Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

Latest News

Cybertruck takes Monaco Hairpin turn with ease using 4-wheel steering, steals attention from ultra-luxury cars

Fairmont Hairpin Curve is a popular tourist destination in  Monte Carlo, Monaco — and what better place is to...

Chuck Cook tests Tesla FSD v12.4.1 at his difficult unprotected left turn (video)

It has been almost two weeks since Tesla started rolling out FSD v12.4.1 to a limited number of external...

Cheaper non-Foundation Tesla Cybertruck production to start in Q3 2024

During the Tesla (TSLA) Annual Shareholder Meeting Q & A session last week, the CEO Elon Musk gave an...

Tesla investors approve Elon Musk’s $56B pay package, he shares the vision for a $25T market cap

Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk was more than happy as he danced his way to the presentation floor at...
- Advertisement -

Flight 4 Starship survives reentry burn and makes a successful splashdown landing

Yesterday’s Starship launch (Flight 4/IFT-4) accomplished all of its goals. The successful launch and reentry of both Super Heavy...

SpaceX announces new Starship Flight 4 date, adds Hot-stage Jettison to the timeline, more

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has announced the earliest date of Starship Flight 4 i.e. 6th June 2024. The spaceflight company...

Starship updates: New Flight 4 schedule, watch full stack test, developments at Starbase, more

SpaceX’s orbital launch site in Starbase, Texas had a tough work routine this past week with multiple operations going...

Tesla Tips & Tricks

Cybertruck rust or just dust — and how to fix the issue

It has been almost 3 months since Tesla started...

Here’s how to recalibrate your Tesla battery to regain lost miles on range

Due to some improper charging habits, a Tesla vehicle's...

Tesla Quarterly Reports & Eearnings

- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended for You