Well, this sucks. Dead car.

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As a new 3 owner. This stuff terrifies me. Mostly because I live 2hrs from the SC.

If I lived less than an hour or so I don't think I would even sweat it.

Oh well.. here's to hoping for the best.
Reminder: Threads like these attract comments from people who've had problems, not those who haven't.

Drive unit failures were pretty rare in the Model 3 Owners Survey. Not absent, but rare. Lower single digits.
 

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My drive units have never failed. It's been 3.5 weeks.
Guys I was wondering if you ever need to call a tow truck and the car has completely shut down how do we give the tow guy the tow hook which is located in the frunk?
 

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Well... from personal experience, it goes like this if you need to back the car out of where it is:

Any towing company working with Tesla should understand how to use Tow Skates. With RWD, they are only needed on the rear wheels, not sure about AWD or Performance.

You will want to say a quick prayer before you see the tow operator reach for his BIG RUBBER HAMMER to hammer the skates underneath the rear tires.

He'll then put fabric straps (DO NOT let them use chains alone!) around the wheels and wench the car onto the flat bed.

ALSO...

Make SURE if you have 18" wheels with Aero covers installed that you remove the covers from all four wheels BEFORE the tow operator puts the fabric straps around the wheels or the straps the surround the tires once on the flat bed.

Attached are pictures I'd rather forget. And yes, I didn't remove the aeros from the front tires, they survived with one getting a little tiny bit scratched from the fabric strap.

 
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Not sure what this last post means but check out this page of the manual
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I am aware of this @LUXMAN. The reason I said patch in my above post was you can still open the frunk with a 9v battery (12v dead or not) If your car is dead then you can still tow I guess with the strapping mechanism someone posted/ the tow hook should have been in another location in the car. Thoughts?
 

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I am aware of this @LUXMAN. The reason I said patch in my above post was you can still open the frunk with a 9v battery (12v dead or not) If your car is dead then you can still tow I guess with the strapping mechanism someone posted/ the tow hook should have been in another location in the car. Thoughts?
what is the issue with the hook in the frunk? if it were in the trunk or interior of the car, it would not be accessible if the car didn't have power. It is accessible in the frunk without power (plus a 9V)
 

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Not sure what this last post means but check out this page of the manual

Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know the frunk is not secure on ANY 3.

Stumbled upon a post showing the 9V trick from several months ago but no one really knew if one of the updates fixed it (hint: not yet). This is my car (locked) from a couple weeks ago.

 
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Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know the frunk is not secure on ANY 3.

Stumbled upon a post showing the 9V trick from several months ago but no one really knew if one of the updates fixed it (hint: not yet). This is my car (locked) from a couple weeks ago.

HA. Thanks. I did know that but I didn't understand your post.
"I hope this patch this route" The typo got me. I see now you meant THEY not THIS. It was early when I read it and didn't figure it out. Needed more caffeine:oops:
 
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what is the issue with the hook in the frunk? if it were in the trunk or interior of the car, it would not be accessible if the car didn't have power. It is accessible in the frunk without power (plus a 9V)
I was thinking when you apply power to 12v when the battery is dead you can then access the center screen to put the car in tow mode. So then you can also release the frunk no? All i am saying is (and i was not clear) frunk is not a secure place to store things and I was hoping tesla could fix opening the frunk with 9v.

@LUXMAN I fixed my typo
 

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but you need to have access to the frunk to get to the 12v.
how would you apply power to the battery without the frunk open?
 

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I was thinking when you apply power to 12v when the battery is dead you can then access the center screen to put the car in tow mode. So then you can also release the frunk no? All i am saying is (and i was not clear) frunk is not a secure place to store things and I was hoping tesla could fix opening the frunk with 9v.

@LUXMAN I fixed my typo
That’s not going to be possible via software.
 

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but you need to have access to the frunk to get to the 12v.
how would you apply power to the battery without the frunk open?
Watch the video. Remove tow hook cover and apply 12V to the wires. You can use another car battery, a portable jumping battery, or even a 9V battery apparently.
The downside is that this means that the frunk is completely insecure to anyone who knows this.
To get into the regular trunk, they would probably smash the back window and lay down the seats.
 

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but you need to have access to the frunk to get to the 12v.
how would you apply power to the battery without the frunk open?
You can access the positive 12v terminal of the DC-DC converter under the rear seat, if you can get inside the car.
 

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Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know the frunk is not secure on ANY 3.

Stumbled upon a post showing the 9V trick from several months ago but no one really knew if one of the updates fixed it (hint: not yet). This is my car (locked) from a couple weeks ago.


I’m getting my tow hook cover replaced today so figured it didn’t matter if I broke it again so I tried the 9V trick today. I’m on 2018.50. Same result as previous video, 9V still opens the frunk on a locked vehicle.
 

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I’m getting my tow hook cover replaced today so figured it didn’t matter if I broke it again so I tried the 9V trick today. I’m on 2018.50. Same result as previous video, 9V still opens the frunk on a locked vehicle.
This is by design and has to be this way, no one or software is going to "Fix" this. It's by design. It's the only way in to the Frunk where the 12 v battery is should it need service or be dead.
 

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This is by design and has to be this way, no one or software is going to "Fix" this. It's by design. It's the only way in to the Frunk where the 12 v battery is should it need service or be dead.
I think the point is that it can be opened no matter what the state of the 12 V battery is. There was some discussion that it wouldn’t open until the 12 V battery was dead but this seems to be incorrect.