CAUTION: Installing Windshield Film & Computer Problems

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Wow, this makes me glad I decided not to tint the windshield!
Yeah, I still might if I can confirm the problem has been addressed via Tesla and my installer is fully aware. :cool:

IMO if you are doing high-end ceramic or crystalline tint and not doing the windshield you defeat half of the benefit of the film (Heat/IR rejection) by leaving out the one-of-two largest pieces of glass on the car.

If it's just dyed traditional window film for cosmetic / security reasons, sure safe the money.
 

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I did the windshield, no problems.
I expect it depends on how sloppy the installer is with the water. Most tint being installed I’ve seen is misted down with water. Some soak everything within arms reach. The former along with a towel to wipe up the squeegeed out water shouldn’t have enough to drip under the dash.
 

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Wish I would have seen this before I had my windshield tinted. I’ve been having odd issues ever since. First the screen went all crazy as if someone was randomly tapping all over it. A reset by holding down the two scroll wheel buttons fixed this. However, the next day after backing up out of my driveway the screen just went all black and nothing would work. Another reset and everything was fine. Today I get in and the wheel is vibrating and won’t stop. I turned the ac on manual, witch is odd because it always comes on automatically, and the vibrating stops. Reset the Tesla again. Over night threw a charge error and stopped charging. Anyone have any ideas ? The car is in the 23k for vin and about two weeks since I had it delivered.
 

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Sorry to hear that my tint shop in Dublin Ca was about to do my front windshield but the Tesla service advisor came by their shop and advised him to avoid it. Told him beyond the pillar electronics there is a board under the dash if water gets in creates huge problems. Said if that happened was 1500 just for labor to get to it before parts. So they're not going to take the liability till issue is resolved but warned me cause we are like beta testers may never get to tint mine. I agree Njturtlepower though I have all these windows with heat rejection film but my windshield is the biggest offender.



Wish I would have seen this before I had my windshield tinted. I’ve been having odd issues ever since. First the screen went all crazy as if someone was randomly tapping all over it. A reset by holding down the two scroll wheel buttons fixed this. However, the next day after backing up out of my driveway the screen just went all black and nothing would work. Another reset and everything was fine. Today I get in and the wheel is vibrating and won’t stop. I turned the ac on manual, witch is odd because it always comes on automatically, and the vibrating stops. Reset the Tesla again. Over night threw a charge error and stopped charging. Anyone have any ideas ? The car is in the 23k for vin and about two weeks since I had it delivered.
 

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Has anyone removed (or had a shop remove) the dash trim and speaker cover to be able to better protect from dripping while still doing a good job on the windshield tint? It looks like those are easy pieces to remove but I'd rather know that someone else has done it first.
 

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Has anyone removed (or had a shop remove) the dash trim and speaker cover to be able to better protect from dripping while still doing a good job on the windshield tint? It looks like those are easy pieces to remove but I'd rather know that someone else has done it first.
I asked my mobile service tech about this today. He said this piece of the dash is a process to remove. It requires removing the entire dash including the steering wheel...so that's out I guess.
 

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I interview a local shop carefully before letting them tint my side windows. They are very familiar with the Model 3 glass tint challenges (including working around the risk of having a side window crash into the trim, and the risk of zapping the two side body computers when doing the windshield). An experienced shop can avoid these problems. I can recommend "The Specialists" in Tucson.
 
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had my windshield tinted twice (first time the tint had ghosting issues which was a manufacturers defect) and no issues. the tinters need to take precautions and all will be good
 

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I am looking at applying the lightest Photosync IRD to the front windshield. I applied it's predecessor to my Model S and it was virtually clear and it significantly cut down on the heat. My local dealer has changed and current one said they wouldn't do it out of fear of getting water into electronics at bottom of windshield. I called another vendor who apparently have done a bunch. Has anyone done the front windshield, and anyone having any issues yeah or nay?

Thanks
 

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I am looking at applying the lightest Photosync IRD to the front windshield. I applied it's predecessor to my Model S and it was virtually clear and it significantly cut down on the heat. My local dealer has changed and current one said they wouldn't do it out of fear of getting water into electronics at bottom of windshield. I called another vendor who apparently have done a bunch. Has anyone done the front windshield, and anyone having any issues yeah or nay?

Thanks
Mine is going to happen week after next. I can tell you the Dallas and Houston Photosync installers both use a super-absorbent rope to make sure no water gets into the dash. Speed Shield, the Dallas installer, told me they've messed up only one out of more than 200 Model 3's they've tinted, and rectified it.

I would keep looking for an installer that correctly answers the question, "How do you make sure no water gets in the dash?"
 

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Exactly what J says -- One of the earliest threads I remember here was 'make sure your installer is VERY careful about getting fluid into the dash'. So long as they protect for it you should be okay. For some reason it's designed with very important giblets just inside the dash.

...which is strange, because if you sleep in the car on a cool night you could easly fog up the windows to the point of condensation building up enough to drip. It seems strange to not mitigate that by protecting vital wires/components from factory.
 

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Funny that you mention the Dallas installer. They were they one that made me really feel like they knew what they were doing on the phone, and I plan to make the drive up there just to get it done. I hadn't been able to get Houston to answer the phone yet for some reason, and my email inquiry went unanswered.

San Antonio no longer has a Photosync Installer. The prior installer in San Antonio, Concours now push Suntek ceramic instead which has a TSER significantly worse than the Photosync IRD.
 

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I am looking at applying the lightest Photosync IRD to the front windshield. I applied it's predecessor to my Model S and it was virtually clear and it significantly cut down on the heat. My local dealer has changed and current one said they wouldn't do it out of fear of getting water into electronics at bottom of windshield. I called another vendor who apparently have done a bunch. Has anyone done the front windshield, and anyone having any issues yeah or nay?

Thanks
Had 3M Crystalline put on mine shortly after I picked it up so it's been 2 months or so, no issues. And yes with this big windshield it really helps reject the heat...
 

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I had AIR 80 film installed on my M3 front screen. The shop that did it was very familiar with keeping most of the soapy water from going down into the under-dash area. Two weeks out now and no issues.
 
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I hadn't been able to get Houston to answer the phone yet for some reason, and my email inquiry went unanswered.
I got in touch with @EVS Motors on the Tesla Motors Club forum through the Conversations (private message) tool. He was quite responsive and helpful. Just now, I also messaged him about your post here.
 

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I had AIR 80film installed on my M3 front screen. The shop that did it was very familiar with keeping most of the soapy water from going down into the under-dash area. Two weeks out now and no issues.
Same here. Same product installed on my front windshield (does great on reducing heat by the way) and they used a very absorbent rope (as mentioned above) to keep water out. They were very well aware of the risks and took the right steps to ensure that no water got into areas that it shouldn't.
 

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Funny that you mention the Dallas installer. They were they one that made me really feel like they knew what they were doing on the phone, and I plan to make the drive up there just to get it done. I hadn't been able to get Houston to answer the phone yet for some reason, and my email inquiry went unanswered.

San Antonio no longer has a Photosync Installer. The prior installer in San Antonio, Concours now push Suntek ceramic instead which has a TSER significantly worse than the Photosync IRD.
Hi,

Thanks @Dr. J for informing me about this post.

I'm sorry that you have been having a hard time reaching us. Sometimes if a client calls in while we're on the line, it doesn't let us know. I probably won't be able to check this thread or forum frequently, so any questions you have, please email me now at haywood@evsmotors.com. I can help you much faster that way. Thank you!