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For a vehicle like the Taycan, what do you recommend for washing it? Hand washing, using a pressure wash or taking it to an automatic car was? I've seen other EVs go through automatic car washes at gas stations like Teslas and Nissan Leafs but obviously the Taycan is in a league of its own.

If you hand wash your Taycan what products/techniques do you use?
 

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For a vehicle like the Taycan, what do you recommend for washing it? Hand washing, using a pressure wash or taking it to an automatic car was? I've seen other EVs go through automatic car washes at gas stations like Teslas and Nissan Leafs but obviously the Taycan is in a league of its own.

If you hand wash your Taycan what products/techniques do you use?
Hand washes if you have time.
 

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I hand wash mine or have a car wash do it that hand washes. I don’t mind the brushes at the auto washes really but the wide tires / wheels a lot of times scrape all the way down the metal tracks which is horrible!
 

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For a vehicle like the Taycan, what do you recommend for washing it? Hand washing, using a pressure wash or taking it to an automatic car was? I've seen other EVs go through automatic car washes at gas stations like Teslas and Nissan Leafs but obviously the Taycan is in a league of its own.

If you hand wash your Taycan what products/techniques do you use?
Be sure to check the height of your sidewalls and then check out the height of the alignment bars in the car wash you've chosen. If you have 21" wheels you will likely be scraping the wheel and if you got the Mission-E style then you'll never forgive yourself 😳

On other possible concern is the width of your tires versus the alignment track in the car wash. If that is too narrow it will put pressure on your tires and over time could cause damage.

If you do go through the car wash, be sure to follow the instruction about locking your car first so the front and rear hatches don't pop open automatically by mistake.
 

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Be sure to check the height of your sidewalls and then check out the height of the alignment bars in the car wash you've chosen. If you have 21" wheels you will likely be scraping the wheel and if you got the Mission-E style then you'll never forgive yourself 😳

On other possible concern is the width of your tires versus the alignment track in the car wash. If that is too narrow it will put pressure on your tires and over time could cause damage.

If you do go through the car wash, be sure to follow the instruction about locking your car first so the front and rear hatches don't pop open automatically by mistake.
GREAT point. Be VERY careful what car wash you used. I have nightmares about this.
 

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Be sure to check the height of your sidewalls and then check out the height of the alignment bars in the car wash you've chosen. If you have 21" wheels you will likely be scraping the wheel and if you got the Mission-E style then you'll never forgive yourself 😳

On other possible concern is the width of your tires versus the alignment track in the car wash. If that is too narrow it will put pressure on your tires and over time could cause damage.

If you do go through the car wash, be sure to follow the instruction about locking your car first so the front and rear hatches don't pop open automatically by mistake.
Wow, I didn't even consider that. If that's the case I'm just going to avoid car washes with alignment bars. Please tell me that didn't happen to you @SamS.
 

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I had to refinish a set of nice forged wheels on a previous car because I used an automatic car wash and didn't know the car wash will scratch your wheels. The wheels looked awful after a few years and I spent way too much refinishing them.

Lesson learned. I wash all my cars with a pressure washer these days, using minimum pressure.
 

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I wash mine and dry it with a leaf blower. I also have extremely hard water so I bought this (Amazon $17) to try, it hooks up with the garden hose. Has anyone else tried a setup like this? Thanks. :)
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Hand wash for me.
 

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I did find a pressure wash that works quite well when I'm in a hurry. I bring all my cleaning gear with me and do not use full pressure at any time.
 

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I had just brought my pressure washer out of storage and serviced it and then ordered a foam cannon … and before the foam cannon even arrived the local water district put drought restrictions on car washing: we are not allowed to use water fresh from the tap or hose for car washing! So, we were already saving the water from the showers that flows before it gets hot, so that water is now in buckets for car washing. Last week my wife got an email from Kärcher, a German cleaning machine company, for a battery powered small pressure washer and we bought one. I have ordered and am now waiting for the proper foam cannon for this new little toy to try it.

Rather than the 3000 psi from the gasoline engined power washer, this one is variable from 150psi to 600. Besides the lower power so I worry less about my paint, something seems right about using a battery powered washer on my battery powered car.

I will post more after trying the whole system.
 

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We've got the best carwash I've ever seen here in Cincinnati - no harsh brushes, only use soft water, completely vacuum and hand dry outside and dust inside. DO NOT go to Mike's carwash or any wash that uses harsh chemicals. For me, it wasn't the paint on my M5, it was the blackened trim that degraded after about 9 months. It happened twice, and then I stopped going to Mike's and it was fine.
 
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