The the manual for Tesla’s newly unveiled Cybertruck advises that owners to remove bird poop, tree sap and dead insects from the futuristic vehicle in order to prevent damage to its stainless steel body.
“To prevent damage to the exterior, immediately remove corrosive substances (such as grease, oil, bird droppings, tree resin, dead insects, tar spots, road salt, industrial fallout, etc.),” the owner’s manual of the new Cybertruck reads:
The manual also urges Cybertruck owners not to wait for a complete wash.
“If necessary, use denatured alcohol to remove tar spots and stubborn grease stains, then immediately wash the area with water and a mild, non-detergent soap to remove the alcohol,” the manual states.
A Cybertruck owner posted the text of the manual onto his X social media page.
The post was reported by MotorBiscuit.
During wintertime, cars are exposed to road salt. In the summer, it is usually bird droppings and tree sap.
Vehicles are also forced to weather year-round problems such as tar and grease from the roads.
All of these substances are considered corrosive and thus require immediately care, according to the manual.
“Wait, what? …Immediately wash off bird poop, dead insects and tree resin? Is this a badass Cybertruck or a f–king cream puff?” one X user wrote.
Others noted that the owner’s manual for other Tesla vehicles including for the Model 3 say the same thing.
“True for every car,” wrote another X user. “Move on.”
Tesla made the controversial decision to not paint the Cybertruck and offer it with just its stainless steel exterior, which company CEO Elon Musk wanted so as to project an image of a “tough” vehicle.
In late November, Tesla delivered its first batch of Cybertrucks two years behind the original schedule.
Musk has said the Cybertruck’s body is made of a stainless steel alloy developed by Tesla.
The body panels had to be angular because they can’t be stamped by a conventional press, he said.
Stainless steel, he said, has no corrosion and doesn’t need paint, but can still be mass produced.
When Musk unveiled the truck four years ago, he said production would start in 2021.
But on the company’s earnings conference call in October, Musk lamented how hard it has been to produce the innovative truck with a body made of hard-to-bend stainless steel.
“We dug our own grave with Cybertruck,” said Musk, who added that he didn’t think the company would reach its production target of 250,000 per year until 2025.
The initial rollout has come with kinks.
Earlier his month, a YouTuber took Tesla’s Cybertruck on a ride to see if it can actually hit its advertised 320-mile range, only to find out that its could only reach 79% of the target.