A Tesla Model 3 windshield is made of laminated glass, designed to protect the cabin from wind and weather. Unfortunately, it can get dirty very quickly. So, how can you spray water on your Tesla Model 3 to keep its pristine look unchanged?

You can spray water on your Tesla Model 3 using the buttons on the turn signal stalk. It will cover the windshield with washer fluid and then you can control how the wipers work and sweep across the windshield. The main screen also allows you to control the wiper movements. 

The rest of this article will explain how the Tesla Model 3 windshield wipers operate and how to change wiper fluid. I will also compare the Tesla Model 3 windshield with other models.

How to Spray Washer Fluid on a Tesla Model 3

Using wiper fluid will help keep your windshield sparkling clean and improve efficiency by reducing maintenance time. Here’s how you can spray water on your Tesla Model 3 Windshield using wiper controls:

How To Spray Water on Windshield: Tesla Model 3

  1. Make sure that your hood is fully closed to prevent any damage to the wipers.
  2. Press and hold the wiper button (located at the end of the turn signal stalk) to spray washer fluid onto the windshield.
  3. The wipers will automatically turn on and perform three sweeps.
  4. For additional sweeps, you can tap the wiper button.
  5. For continuous sweeps, locate the windshield wiper icon on your touchscreen and turn it on. You can adjust the speed and also turn on Auto mode if you prefer. 
Besides its sleek design, the Tesla Model 3 is also packed with the most advanced technology in recent automobiles. However, one of the most significant issues with owning such a high-tech vehicle is cleanliness and daily maintenance. Photo by Justin Cron on Unsplash

How Do You Clean a Tesla Model 3 Windshield? (Besides Windshield Wipers)

You can clean your Tesla model 3 windshield with other methods in addition to using the windshield wiper. You can use a microfiber cloth and take it to the car wash. 

1. Use A Microfiber Cloth To Clean Your Windshield

Using a microfiber cloth is completely safe and doesn’t damage your Tesla windshield. If you use a dry microfiber cloth, you can easily remove tiny dust particles and dirt from the surface of your car’s windshield without the use of any chemicals.

When you clean the windscreen, avoid using detergent as it can make it more challenging to spot dirt and stains.

2. Visit A Car Wash To Clean Your Windshield

Tesla recommends visiting a touchless car wash to properly clean your vehicle. The Tesla Model 3 is a revolutionary electric car that comes with many features. One of these features is the car wash mode which is specially designed for car washes. When visiting a carwash, simply enable this mode to prevent any damage to moving parts, such as your windshield wipers. 

On a similar note, I also wrote a somewhat related article titled: “Can You Take an Electric Car Through a Carwash?” It gives additional info with regards to this topic. Check it out!


3. Use Windshield Wiper Fluid in Tandem With Wipers

If you’re on the move and need to clean your windshield, you can spray wiper fluid on your windshield by holding the wiper button.

This will cover the glass with windshield washer fluid and make it easier to clean off excess dirt, grime, and dust. Tapping the same button will activate the windshield wipers to wipe the fluid off and leave you with a sparkling clean windshield. 

This YouTube video shows how to spray windshield wiper fluid: Tesla.

How To Change Wiper Fluid on a Tesla Model 3

Once your wiper fluid is depleted, you’ll receive a notification on your touchscreen. To refill, you need to add wiper fluid to the fluid reservoir located in the front trunk. 

How To Add Fluid To The Fluid Reservoir

  1. Open the front hood by using the controls on your touchscreen.
  2. Use a piece of cloth to clean around the filler cap; this will prevent dust from contaminating the reservoir tank.
  3. Lift off the filler cap.
  4. Add windshield wiper fluid to the reservoir until the liquid reaches 2 inches (5 cm) below the filler neck.
  5. Close the filler cap and wash off any spills.

I found some neat tricks for Tesla Washer Fluids. Check this article out!

What Wiper Fluid Should Be Used for a Tesla Model 3?

The best wiper fluid for the Tesla Model 3 is the Supertech Deicer windshield washer fluid. It’s cheap yet very effective and can protect your windshield at temperatures down to -25 °F (-31°C).

Tesla recommends avoiding wiper fluids with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Wiper fluids that contain organic bug-repellent or water-proof ingredients should also be avoided, as they harm your windshield’s integrity. 

If you live in a region that frequently experiences lower temperatures, you should use a wiper fluid with antifreeze. However, it’s important to watch out for brands that use VOCs. 

How Big Are The Windshield Wipers Of A Tesla?

ModelWiper Size
Tesla Model 328-inch (71-cm) drivers side 18-inch (46-cm) passengers side
Tesla Model S28-inch (71-cm) drivers side 17-inch (43-cm) passengers side
Tesla Model X28-inch (71-cm) drivers side 18-inch (46-cm) passengers side
Tesla Model Y26-inch (66-cm) drivers side 20-inch (51-cm) passengers side
This table compares Windshield Wiper Sizes on Different Tesla Models

How Often Should I Clean My Tesla Model 3 Windshield?

The frequency of cleaning your Tesla Model 3 windshield depends on how quickly it gets dirty. Ideally, you should clean it at least once a week, but if you notice dirt, dust, or grime accumulating sooner, don’t hesitate to give it a good cleaning. Keeping your windshield clean is essential for safety and visibility on the road.

Can I Use Regular Glass Cleaner on My Tesla Model 3 Windshield?

You can use regular glass cleaner to keep your Tesla Model 3 windshield clean. Just make sure the cleaner doesn’t contain harsh chemicals that could potentially harm the glass or the surrounding surfaces. A basic glass cleaner and a soft cloth should do the trick for routine cleaning.

What Should I Do If My Windshield Has Stubborn Stains or Marks?

Stubborn stains or marks on your windshield may require a bit more effort to remove. For these situations, consider using a glass-specific cleaner or create your own mixture of equal parts vinegar and water.

Apply the solution to the affected areas, let it sit for a moment, and then gently scrub with a soft cloth. Repeat as needed until the stains or marks are gone.

Is It Safe to Use Windshield Wipers Without Fluid?

It’s not advisable to use your windshield wipers on a dry windshield. Doing so can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the wiper blades and potentially damage the windshield surface.

Always use your wipers in conjunction with windshield washer fluid to ensure smooth and effective cleaning.

How Often Should I Refill the Windshield Wiper Fluid Reservoir?

Checking your windshield wiper fluid level regularly is essential. It’s a good practice to refill the reservoir when it’s getting low, ideally before it’s completely empty. This helps prevent unexpected situations where you run out of washer fluid while driving, which can be inconvenient (and even dangerous if your view is severely obstructed!).

Can I Use Any Windshield Wiper Fluid in My Tesla Model 3?

For optimal performance and to protect your windshield, it’s recommended to use a windshield wiper fluid that is compatible with your Tesla Model 3. Tesla often recommends the Supertech Deicer windshield washer fluid. Using a recommended product ensures that your wipers and windshield stay in top shape.

How Can I Enable the Car Wash Mode on My Tesla Model 3?

To enable car wash mode on your Tesla Model 3, access your car’s settings through the touchscreen interface. Look for the car wash mode option and follow the on-screen instructions to activate it. Car wash mode is specially designed to protect your vehicle during a car wash, including your windshield wipers.

Are There Any Special Considerations for Cleaning the Windshield in Cold Weather?

In colder climates, using windshield wiper fluid with antifreeze is highly recommended to prevent freezing during winter months. Before driving, make sure to clear any ice and snow from the windshield to ensure proper visibility and safety in cold weather.

Can I Clean the Inside of My Tesla Model 3 Windshield with the Same Methods?

You can use the same cleaning methods on the inside of your Tesla Model 3 windshield. Keeping the inside of the windshield clean is equally important for clear visibility. Use a microfiber cloth or a suitable glass cleaner to remove dust and smudges from the interior surface.

What Should I Do If I Notice Streaks or Smudges After Cleaning the Windshield?

If you happen to notice streaks or smudges after cleaning your windshield, don’t worry. Simply re-clean the windshield using a clean, dry microfiber cloth or a different glass cleaner known for leaving a streak-free finish. This should give you a clear and spotless windshield once again.

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