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  1. David.85D

    For those with free unlimited supercharging...

    I called the city on a jacked up truck parked blocking a charger. They said “private property, not our problem”. I’ve also seen Teslas sitting unplugged in supercharger stalls (why?) Tesla wouldn’t know or charge for that.
  2. David.85D

    Why is the Tesla 24' Gen 2 wall charger so much on eBay?

    I know it’s only marginally related, but the button on my Gen2 no longer opens the charging port. The car works normally at other chargers, and the button works to terminate a charging session to unplug. Any ideas from Gen2 owners?
  3. David.85D

    Front Lower Control Arms (Fore Links) and Upper Control Arms Left & Right - AWD- Brand New, bought from Tesla, never installed, with hardware

    I don’t know. Hard to believe Tesla has new old stock”. That’s an artifact of the dealer model. Anyway, let’s assume the fore links are old stock and should not be used for driving. Available for sale to any consulting engineers interested in a forensic examination…. The upper control arms...
  4. David.85D

    Front Lower Control Arms (Fore Links) and Upper Control Arms Left & Right - AWD- Brand New, bought from Tesla, never installed, with hardware

    I think so. The best idea is to check the Tesla parts catalog for your car and see if it gives the same part numbers - Parts Catalog
  5. David.85D

    Fore link suspension failure while driving on the freeway

    Yes. Have to sort out which bits of hardware go where…. PM me and we can work out the details
  6. David.85D

    Price increase? [posted 06.16.2022]

    I found I was often traction limited and couldn’t get 3.0 seconds due to road conditions, temps, etc. everything would really have to be prepped to get close to 2 seconds on the street. I’m not buying it to take it to a track…
  7. David.85D

    Fore link suspension failure while driving on the freeway

    I’m selling some Tesla front suspension pieces if anyone wants to replace them as PM. (front lower control arms - fore links) and upper front control arms...
  8. David.85D

    Model S Front Upper Control Arm DIY

    I didn’t replace them in the end. I looked carefully and they seemed fine. Sorry if this turned into click bait. Selling the brand new Tesla parts here...
  9. David.85D

    My tesla is stuck (completely shut down by malfunction) in my building’s indoor parking …any suggestions on towing it out?

    You don’t to “start” it. Just give it 12V from a jump box to power up the computer and let you put it into tow mode. Have wheel chocks handy in case it wants to roll forward OR backwards. Need someone steering and someone pushing…
  10. David.85D

    Front Lower Control Arms (Fore Links) and Upper Control Arms Left & Right - AWD- Brand New, bought from Tesla, never installed, with hardware

    I ended up selling my car before taking on this DIY project. I purchased both the front lower fore links and the front upper control arms and the associated hardware. Paid $1000.40 plus $60 sales tax. And had to wait for parts... Will take $1000 and will cover shipping in the continental...
  11. David.85D

    Tesla 5 Spoke 19" wheels with tires and TPMS. Selling each (spares?) DC MD VA area

    No center caps. Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 tires (showing D or DW markers only) Date codes are late 2016 and early 2017 (if you don't know, the date code is given as two digits for week and two digits for year - WWYY) Tires are labelled in the photos: Wheel, TPMS and Tire #1 2/32...
  12. David.85D

    Model S 19" wheels - Set of 4 - DC Area

    Not Sold. Will Post individually as possible spare tires. Still available as a set - contact me. I measured the tread depth with a proper gauge and three tires are at 4/32 (at the wear limit for use in rain) and one tire is at 2/32 (dry only - at the wear limit). I wouldn't plan to drive on...
  13. David.85D

    Model Year 2022 Refresh M3/MY

    I haven’t seen a screen like this before. Is this 3rd party software?
  14. David.85D

    Scrolling wheel on steering wheel easily breaks. Is the part available separately?

    This is how I got some test parts to design from. The eBay parts I got only had broken wheels and nothing else wrong… I don’t know about backwards/forwards compatibility.
  15. David.85D

    Buying a 2015 Model S 85 and have a few questions for the experts.

    The warranty documents are clear that it is 8 years from delivery, not build date. But there’s no good way to find the delivery date. There were definitely more demo cars back then.
  16. David.85D

    Ground Stud Nut over torqued

    The ground points are on the sides, along the frame rails. Would have to be a vigorous leak to get up there, and coolant has corrosion inhibitors, it wouldn’t attack aluminum.
  17. David.85D

    Sidem / Beck Arnley vs Tesla Control Arms

    What I find most interesting from the side by side comparison is that the Tesla parts have a lot of tiny indentations on the casting “boss” that I suspect is some sort of microhardness or other QC test. They clearly are testing every one, and several times and several locations. What do they...
  18. David.85D

    How Did the Service Center Move My Car?

    A ranger (mobile service) has done work on my car in the parking lot at my work and was able to unlock and power it up. I had an appointment, but there was no check in procedure. He just showed up, found the car and got to work. I have no doubt they maintain remote access. The only question that...
  19. David.85D

    Another front suspension control arm failure

    You replace the arms with the bushings. It’s the only choice… Specialized suspension tools usually are needed when you are trying to remove and replace the bushing press fit into the arm. This is not a trivial job, but definitely not as hard as replacing a clutch…
  20. David.85D

    Model S 19" wheels - Set of 4 - DC Area

    Bump. Will sell individually for someone wanting a spare. The wheels with ~30% tread for $150 each. The other two $100 each. Not a lot of tread on those, but certainly good enough for days of driving, probably not months.
  21. David.85D

    Gen2 Mobile connector GFCI error

    My neighbor had this problem. Outdoor rated outlet (on a covered porch near his driveway) was on a gfci breaker and it “disagreed” with the gfci built into the mobile connector. Don’t know if it is your problem, but first thing I’d check …
  22. David.85D

    Service question; how to charge AC?

    Don’t disconnect the battery or 12V. The Tesla service center would use Toolbox (their software) to put it into recovery mode or filling mode. Indy shops won’t have that, but typically you would set the car to maximum cold to get the compressor to run while filling it. The exact process isn’t...
  23. David.85D

    Service question; how to charge AC?

    The difference on EVs (and many hybrids) is that the compressors are electric and not belt driven. The refrigerant and oil is very sensitive to contamination and will short out the compressor if the wrong oil is used …or even if AC gauges and hoses with trace amounts of forbidden PAG oil are...
  24. David.85D

    Can the GPS give me turn by turn audible - Model S 2016

    This one is a little tricky. If it’s 100% muted you don’t know when it’s speaking. If you catch it for the second or two while it is speaking, the volume scroll wheel will adjust the Nav guidance volume. Otherwise it is just adjusting the music volume. Start by using the voice command listed above…
  25. David.85D

    Full Self Driving without Assistance by this time Next Year - Musk

    I’ll take the bait. I live in a fairly mild climate. It averages 120 days of rain per year here. Cameras are worthless in rain/snow. Nothing else matters without camera washers / wipers / dryers / magic fairies… Car would be stuck immobile somewhere 1/3 of the time. Can you imagine the...
  26. David.85D

    Another front suspension control arm failure

    I hadn’t noticed before, but my SC sold me 6006664-00-C for my P85D. I also emailed Mevotech about their new line of control arms (they offer one for most Teslas) and the tech guy responded they are all the same so they just use one part number for all… Leaving me quite torn.,,
  27. David.85D

    Scrolling wheel on steering wheel easily breaks. Is the part available separately?

    Interesting. I have the one piece version in my car (12/2014 build). Anyway, my point wasn’t that they aren’t different. It was that you can replace the scroll wheel if you want to keep the two sides with the same feel.
  28. David.85D

    Another front suspension control arm failure

    I’ll look at the ones I bought and post the part numbers
  29. David.85D

    Scrolling wheel on steering wheel easily breaks. Is the part available separately?

    If you just replace the plastic wheel, all the parts that matter for the feel - push buttons and rotary encoders - remain the same. If you replace the whole assembly, then I don’t know…
  30. David.85D

    Do Tesla engineers lurk on these forums? Are they aware of the recurring issues I keep reading about on here?

    I doubt they have any long term plan. Turn over at every level is extremely high (sales, service, engineering). There is essentially no corporate memory and they operate in “fire fighting” mode all the time. The engineers I know that took jobs at Tesla moved on in 1-2 years. Their silence...
  31. David.85D

    I thought Tesla was a fix-it-yourself type of company? What gives?

    Top two hits for “Tesla service manual”. No relation. No endorsement. Probably will make your computer hate you. https://www.ebay.com/itm/393579626496 https://www.ebay.com/itm/393579625798
  32. David.85D

    I thought Tesla was a fix-it-yourself type of company? What gives?

    If you are talking about the trim around the latch points for the third row seats, they are held in place with common “garnish clips”. Pulls out, pops in. Replace any damaged or missing clips. You can find more info in the Service Bulletin for the third row seat install. See Fig 60...
  33. David.85D

    2021 Model S Plaid Brake Failure - At lower speeds.

    Nothing surprises me anymore with Tesla, so please don’t take this as discounting the chance of a defect… 1) hydraulic loop is independent. It can however be defeated by a false/bad command to activate anti-lock brakes since that module has the capability to release brake pressure. I’m...
  34. David.85D

    Failed driver's seat weight sensor - downsides to ignoring? Repair cost estimate?

    Have had this problem in the past on a BMW and a MINI. Both issued a recall / extended warranty to 10 years. For both, it required changing out the seat. Everyone experiencing this, report it to NHTSB…
  35. David.85D

    Removed Model S frunk to replace 12volt battery and I might have broken the front tub bolt.

    Those are a type of rivet nut. (Rivet stud). One of mine popped out also. I have the tool to install them and replaced it, including a drop of loctite. It worked fine until the next trip to the service center, then it was pulled free again. They never said anything, left it for me to discover...
  36. David.85D

    Found this wire on the passenger side foot well. Anyone know what it is? (Model S 2018)

    And there are lights under the seats for the rear passengers foot well.
  37. David.85D

    Abandoned Model S at Huebner Oaks San Antonio, TX Supercharger

    Secret launch codes stored in memory. Must recover them before KAOS gets ahold of it. Put agent 86 on this!
  38. David.85D

    replacement HID bulbs

    That’s what I had a year or so after fixing the grounds. Seemed like it was just time. I was considering it might be the ballast, but all the flickering went away with new bulbs.
  39. David.85D

    replacement HID bulbs

    I’ve replaced mine. They have an access door from the back that is mostly blocked by the wheel arch liner. I ended up jacking the car up and removing the wheels and the wheel arch liner. I don’t recall why that seemed easier than removing the light assembly. I assume it was blocked by some...
  40. David.85D

    Upgrades that actually worked :)

    I think this is a knock off. It’s not for sale anymore so may have infringed. I believe this is the original version. https://safejacks.com/collections/compact-jack-stands/products/the-rennstand-by-safe-jack-single-unit
  41. David.85D

    The "savings" from giving up your Tesla (under Loan) for a Cheap, old car, paid off

    That is sort of my point. As maintenance becomes the primary profit center for classical dealers, it doesn’t make economic sense to pay inflated parts prices, and crazy labor rates. There is steep competition for the sale of the new vehicle that disappears once you need service.
  42. David.85D

    The "savings" from giving up your Tesla (under Loan) for a Cheap, old car, paid off

    This thread is triggering some BMW PTSD in me. I was driving and maintaining older BMW X5 (kid carrier) and a MINI Cooper S before I got my model S. It was a rare week that both were running. I sat down and tallied all the expenses and I average $400/mo per car (!!) in maintenance before I...
  43. David.85D

    Abandoned Model S at Huebner Oaks San Antonio, TX Supercharger

    Whole new use case for “smart summon”.
  44. David.85D

    Abandoned Model S at Huebner Oaks San Antonio, TX Supercharger

    I’ll make a guess. Car was stolen somehow, without the fob (maybe a hack like using one of those 2-way amplifiers seen in Europe that relay the fob signal over an extended distance or it was just left unlocked close enough to a fob). Car will continue driving without a fob once started...
  45. David.85D

    Tesla model s 2013 - bent wheel because of crash

    I would guess you have at least one broken suspension arm. Needs to be inspected and repaired. If the other driver was at fault, why not have Tesla repair it and their insurance pay?
  46. David.85D

    Model S / RAV4 EV Coolant Leakage Motor Repair

    Very interesting. Good luck! Sadly, I have no advice to offer.
  47. David.85D

    Giving rides and switching them to Tesla

    It’s all fun and games until the phone calls start rolling in about MCU1 suckiness or phantom braking. I stopped…
  48. David.85D

    To all small business owners

    You can’t win at this game. I have a nice S I bought used. I’ve got a few comments at work about how expensive it is, meanwhile a new Harley themed F150 that was twice what I paid gets no attention. People will talk. If not about the Tesla than maybe something like short … fingers …

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