Squeaky Car

Back in May I replaced my 21” wheels with a new set of 19” wheels.   I am very happy with the decision and really do not miss the 21” or their related headaches.

Immediately after the replacement, my car began to squeak, and squeak really loudly.  The noise was most noticeable when turning at very low speeds.  The worst of the noise sounded like furniture or house settling noises, but quite loud and easy to reproduce.  The sound was most noticeable in the morning when the air was colder than mid day.

When I went to the service center, an advisor verified the noises along with some bystanders.

“verified customer concern.  Creaking, popping, and clicking noise coming from the front suspension area when turning the steering wheel left to right or right to left”.

Tesla’s solution was to replace two bolts and two friction shims.

Unfortunately, when I picked up the car and even before driving out of the parking lot, I could reproduce the noise.  Instead of taking the car home, I left it at Tesla.

The next fix which thankfully worked was

“Replaced control arm and checked torque on suspension bolt, found camber arm bolts loose, tightened and steering rack bolts loose.  Loosened shield and cleaned, no more noise at this time.”

All the parts that were replaced or tightened had to do with the suspension in the car except for the shield, which protects the battery.

I strongly suspect that the squeaking was a result of the replacement of the tires and somehow the suspension got a little out of whack.  Since this incident I have driven about 3,000 miles with no more noise.

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One thought on “Squeaky Car

  1. It probably varies a lot by SC, but I have not found Tesla to be very good about checking out cars post-service to 1) Ensure original issue was fixed, 2) Look for any other issues they should have noticed. I’ve left the service center in the past with some very noticeable issues that weren’t on the original list but would have been obvious on any test drive >1mi. I’m hoping they get a lot better at that part.

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