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  • October 08, 2019 2:54 PM
    Reply # 7923350 on 7863542

    Thanks Everyone! apparently i missed out all on your comments as my notifications was switched off.  But with all your inputs we are better off cleaning ourselves, Only issue is winter! But thanks everyone for pitching in......

  • September 20, 2019 9:51 PM
    Reply # 7891999 on 7863542

    Laser Wash at 1889 Empire Blvd in Webster. 

  • September 20, 2019 7:13 PM
    Reply # 7891901 on 7863542

    Which Laser wash are you referring to?

  • September 17, 2019 8:48 AM
    Reply # 7884769 on 7863542

    Samuel. Wow. Quite an ordeal.

    I have some experience with water ingress and will compose a response later.

    Thanks!

  • September 16, 2019 6:56 PM
    Reply # 7884028 on 7863542

    Richard,

    Both mobile service (pretty sure it was Wade) and the Pittsburgh SC (this was before Henrietta SC opened) tried a bunch of water ingress tests and couldn't find anything. The best anyone could come up with was that the jet pressure from the laser washes is getting past the rubber seal somewhere, but as soon as it stops the seal re-expands into place and covers, so it looks fine from the outside. 

    The Pittsburgh SC took an entire day of work (going past their actual closing time) to fix the damage and put the new computer in so we could get back on the road again without us having to stay overnight and basically told me to never go back to that car wash again.

    I would prefer a touchless car wash experience but I just can't risk going through this saga again!

    Last modified: September 16, 2019 6:59 PM | Samuel
  • September 16, 2019 12:17 PM
    Reply # 7883222 on 7863542

    Thanks, about the culprit seal..

    What did they tell you?

    Last modified: September 16, 2019 12:19 PM | Richard Settembre
  • September 16, 2019 11:57 AM
    Reply # 7883139 on 7863542

    Agreed on hand washing for the best results...but available time plays a major factor.

    I've opted for the monthly Delta Sonic pass and leverage it multiple times/wk (esp. in Winter).  With a little practice I've been able to coast to a stop without having to take the car out of drive (note: I have Creep Mode turned-off).  I skip the towel dry.  Best of the bad options.

  • September 16, 2019 10:59 AM
    Reply # 7883053 on 7863542

    Samuel,

    Wow! That is an eye opener!

    What seal was not watertight?  Did they fix that?

    I guess hand washing is the way to go.

  • September 15, 2019 10:26 PM
    Reply # 7882412 on 7863542

    I tried using the touchless laser washes around Rochester, but the jets are apparently strong enough to get past the rubber seals (at least in the M3) and get water into the main computer sitting behind the glovebox. I ended up having to have my entire car computer replaced (which they did under warranty for free). 

    Delta Sonic is always running a 30 minute wait and doesn't usually give you more than a second after yelling "neutral!" so if don't pull it off on your first try you are definitely going to get bounced by rolling arm that's meant to push the car forward. Plus they hand dry which sounds nice but they are just re-using the same rags all day.

    Royal has no wait ever and is slow enough that even if you mess up the move to get into neutral you'll likely get a few chances before getting bounced :) That being said it is not touchless and more likely to damage your car, but this has not happened to me yet.

    All in all I'm resigned to the fact that short of hand washing it myself every time, or going to a hand wash shop that charges $50+ a wash, there aren't really any great options in the area. But I'm all ears if someone has a good suggestion. 

    Last modified: September 16, 2019 6:58 PM | Samuel
  • September 05, 2019 7:59 AM
    Reply # 7865139 on 7863542

    I avoid car washes that:

    1-pull your car through rails as they can ruin rims and scuff tires.

    2-touch your car with any roller brushes or flaps as they accumulate grit from previous dirty cars and dull the soft acrylic lenses on headlights and tail lights.

    3- have people with rags drying your car....I have seen them drop towels on the ground and pick them up and continue to use them with all of the grit from the ground on them... (also full of dirt from previous cars) 

    Why would anyone want to pay to have the paint and lights ruined over time.  And they expect a tip?

    I use touchless like at Maiden Lane and dry car with my own clean towels. Easy ,fun, and lots cheaper.  Free exercise! Good mud flaps like the ones on this site will keep blobs of road tar from sticking on the lower sides of the car.

    Last modified: September 05, 2019 12:34 PM | Richard Settembre
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