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A bolt has gone awol

Discussion in 'Roadster: Technical' started by Msjulie, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. Msjulie

    Msjulie Member

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    According to the records I got with the car, the PEM was replaced this June (2016). Poking around today for unrelated reasons (radio/camera) I found the following and am a tad concerned. Have to say not a single error code or anything so it's only bad because now I know about it..

    Driver's side of PEM box

    [​IMG]noBolt

    The cable I suspect should be secured here

    [​IMG]cableInTheBreeze

    Anyone know the bolt/threads? Should I be worried much? If I ring up a SC I'm guessing it's weeks before they do anything anyway... since it's just a ground (guessing but looks like it), if I figure out the bolt should I just put it in myself? Little bit of lock-tight?

    Thanks for opinions/information
     
  2. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    I think you should go back to the Service Center that did the work and complain. You shouldn't have to fix their sloppy work. Which Service Center did you use?
     
  3. Az_Rael

    Az_Rael Supporting Member

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    Definitley a grounding strap. I would get the service center to repair, unless you are a long ways away or something.
     
  4. Msjulie

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    It was done for the previous owner, some place around Los Angeles so kinda a hike for me being in the San Fran Bay Area

    If I knew the size it does not look that tough to do...
     
  5. supersnoop

    supersnoop Tesla Roadster #334

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    Just pull into your local service center and show then.
     
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    And here I thought a Chevy Bolt EV had been stolen or was lost in transit. :)
     
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  7. SUMD

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    lol ditto
     
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  8. Msjulie

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    So i went outside, we have these random collections of bolts and nuts (not chevy's!) and the first one I picked up had the right thread. Never happens.

    I cranked it plenty snug; little tight for the ratchet wrench + socket but all good now. Thanks for the suggests though :)
     
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  9. Stefan T

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    The size is M5 or M6 is my guess or evetaly M4
    After look zoom on the pics the stands 5.0 on the cable conector so M5 is biggest risk
     
  10. wiztecy

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    If you look at the pic there was threadlocker / blue loctite on it originally.
     
  11. Msjulie

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    IMG_6828.JPG Well I found another 'short cut' the service folks took when replacing the PEM; I had a lock washer and nut that fit... I hope when the 3.0 upgrade is done, the folks are a little more concerned with putting all the bits back..
     
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  12. SUMD

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    Unbelievable.

    I really hope you're sharing this with someone at Tesla.
     
  13. Msjulie

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    I sent the first 2 pics to my friend there; to be honest, it doesn't surprise me. Techs are techs and some seem really concerned with putting every part back but if it won't fall out if a bolt here or there is missing... well I've seen that from every kind of service center :(
     
  14. SUMD

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    That's rather unfortunate :-(

    Having heard how well Tesla treats (and pays) their techs, I would have hoped that there would be a universal, general sense of pride in what they do. Sure, a job is a job at the end of the day, but we all know there are jobs, and then there are jobs. And I'm not one who subscribes to the old adage "if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life".
     
  15. Msjulie

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    I'm saving all my pics for the 3.0 update or next June's yearly, what ever comes first...
     
  16. wiztecy

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    Hence why I've been doing all my repair work myself since was a kid. It's not their car so its just another one down the line. After a while I'm sure it becomes mundane and boring, the put some things together, walk over to another car, work on that, come back later and forgot where the left off. Honestly, people make mistakes, even I do working on cars now and then. But at least I am the only person to blame and I can come back and ask why or how I did that so I won't make the same mistake again.

    And when it comes to safety areas, I try to double / triple check my work since my life is on the line.
     
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  17. hcsharp

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    Loctite is not normally used on ground lugs. It can act as an insulator to some degree.
     
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  18. Msjulie

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    Yeah I ended up not doing that; the bolt had a flex lock washer on it - I torqued it as snug as I dared. I suppose given it's been off for potentially 6months, even a less than perfect electrical connection is better than it was floating in the air...
     
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  19. wiztecy

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    Good point. Odd Tesla use that, you can see it where it ran to the base and its up in the thread area as well.
     

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