Past Tesletter articles
Great compilation of tricks and fixes in case your Model 3 isn’t as quiet as you’d like.
A bunch of Model 3 owners have complained recently about a strange odor coming out of their A/C when they first start the car. The smell seems to go away after a few minutes but it is still really annoying. Tesla wouldn’t cover it under the warranty, but TMC user Lanzer just shared his trick to get rid of it.
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #63
The Tesla Model 3 frunk releases on its own (with the push of a button on the touch screen or mobile app), but it doesn’t pop open. i1Tesla figured out that you can order inexpensive gas spring struts on Amazon that will make the frunk lift on its own.#25
drfrank explains how to setup a Raspberry Pi Zero W so that your Tesla thinks it’s a USB drive and writes dash cam footage to it. You can configure it so when you get home the Raspberry Pi connects to your WiFi and uploads your cam footage to your server. Pretty cool, uh?
Read more: RedditFrom issue #28
tl;dr Yes, it works. Yes, music quality increases tenfold. Yes, all rattle noise disappears. Door closing sounds more compact and «expensive». Lowers wind noise.
Read more: Google DocFrom issue #8
Dissolved a spare M3 key card in acetone and put its RFID chip and antenna in a small, generic key fob
Have you ever wanted to have a key fob instead of the key card for your Model 3? This Tesla owner transformed his key for about $10 (excluding the key cards).
Read more: RedditFrom issue #64
Good DIY in case this happens to you.
A couple of months before Tesla announced the availability of the Infotainment upgrade, Kyle (@kyleday) finished this project to upgrade his Model S’ MCU and was even able to keep Tuner2 (which the official Tesla retrofit doesn’t offer).
In his words «I do not encourage you to repeat anything I have done. In fact, now that Tesla is offering the MCU2 and FSD Computer retrofits officially, I highly recommend you go do that.» But if you’re looking for good entertainment- with a successful outcome!- this is it. Thank you Kyle for sharing 🙏 Enjoy!From issue #107
This video has been all over the Internet during the past two days. A Model 3 owner decided to modify her Model 3 and convert it in a pickup truck. This for sure is nothing like the future Tesla pickup truck (expected to be unveiled this summer) but it requires some serious skill and it’s the kind of content that we, at Tesletter, really love. Really impressive Simone!#64
Trevor from Tesla Owners Online shows how to install the installation of Torklift Central EcoHitch in his Model 3. As Trevor said, the car was designed to have a hitch. I just want to add that you should inform yourself before deciding to install a tow hitch since Tesla says in the manual to not do it. Good job Trevor!
My friend Rafael (aka Teslatino) recently removed the old ceramic tiles from his garage floor (installed by a previous owner) which had been destroyed by his Model 3, and installed tough plastic tiles to renew the look and comfort of his garage. Great job, it looks amazing!From issue #124
Johnny Cash’s 1970 Rolls-Royce has been converted into an electric car using a Tesla powertrain and other parts. The conversion was done by ShiftEV, which does a lot of these types of custom projects. Ok, this might be a bit off-topic for this newsletter but it was too cool to not add it ;)
What would be really cool is if Tesla someday decided to sell ‘conversion kits’. After all, this would align very well with its mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.From issue #124
There are a few wireless phone chargers for the Model 3 already in the market but doing it yourself is always cool. Great job reflexiveblue documenting the process!
Read more: imgur GalleryFrom issue #20
Tesla offers the tow hitch as an extra in Europe - no idea why only in Europe - but it seems to be shipping cars with the necessary wiring here in the US too. If you are thinking about getting an aftermarket tow hitch, and you have these wires, that will make the installation much easier.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #81
After having his window smashed, stilweezy decided to repair it himself and recorded the entire process. I hope this doesn’t happen to any of you, but with the increment on smash and grabs (specially in the Bay Area), this is useful.#59
Thank you lexiheft for posting on Youtube so we could share it on the Tesletter!#11
If you are thinking about doing your own chrome delete for your M3 you can see how to do it here.#62
With the release of Track Model v2, Tesla also introduced the ability to store track sessions, including video and a bunch data, but they didn’t release is a way of visualizing it. This is why Reddit’s user u/CAPSLOCKCHAMP has built a Python script to parse the Track Mode 2 information from a .csv file to make a visualization of the data in a program called Houdini. Houdini is really good for this type of procedural animation combined with data, the end result is pretty impressive.From issue #106