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Bugs in Tail Light!

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Electricfan, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Electricfan

    Electricfan Active Member

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    Anybody had this issue besides me? Going in for my annual service tomorrow and asked them to remove the bugs and seal it so they can't get in. They didn't do it the last time they had the car so we'll see if they can this time.

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  2. nkohlimd

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    Have the same problem last week. Tried to suck the bugs out. After that didn't work, they replaced both lights. Good luck.
     
  3. Electricfan

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    Thanks nkohlimd, did they replace them under warranty?
     
  4. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    A year ago, I had the backup lights re-sealed due to moisture getting in. After that, I no longer had moisture, but dirt was getting inside. They re-did the seals again with a supposedly re-designed seal last week. Not sure how much of the lens they remove to do this, but it may be possible to pop it open, remove the bugs and re-seal with the new and improved seals.
     
  5. MikeC

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    I had a tiny fly in one of my tail lights. They replaced the light under warranty.
     
  6. nkohlimd

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    Same. Mine were replaced under warranty
     
  7. KidDoc

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    Ok I have bugs under both tail lights and car is out of warranty. Anyone fix this at home or pay out of pocket for it?
     
  8. KidDoc

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    Service center called quote is $930 crazy. Looks like I may have bugs in my tail lights for a bit.
     
  9. David.85D

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    I would start by removing the bulb holders / plugs / etc / whatever you can to get access and slurping with a shop vac.

    Color me crazy, but this should not be a $900 problem.
     
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  10. kev1n

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    anyone know if after replacement by tesla, same thing happens with the new tail lights?
     
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  11. Reekdog

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    Got a spider corpse in my left twilight... Heeeeelp!
     
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    this is after they did a replacement?
     
  13. Fresh Start Detail

    Fresh Start Detail Local Vendor - Northwest

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    That picture seriously made me laugh out loud! We can tell this bothers you quite a bit to go through all the effort to write it on the tape.
    I'd be interested in other's input on disassembling the lights to clean inside then reseal. We see the moisture problem quite a bit here in the soggy Pacific NW.
     
  14. kev1n

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    the problem with that would be the chrome rear applique that is double sided taped on and is easily damaged during removal
     
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  15. PaulusdB

    PaulusdB Mayor Gnomus Vintage Limb

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    My Model S's right tail light was replaced due to 'bugs' during the most recent service appaointment.
    Under warranty, no problem.
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    The techs damaged exactly that applique in the process and returned the car that way. (It already was the new design to mitigate previous damp issues.) Of course the applique was replaced after my complaint, but the car shouldn't have been returned with the damaged applique to begin with.
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  16. Fresh Start Detail

    Fresh Start Detail Local Vendor - Northwest

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    Very helpful! Thanks for the pics.
     
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  17. KidDoc

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    I talked with the service center this morning and the quote is to replace both taillights they don't flush or reseal them. One hour labor for $175 and the lights are $243 x 2 and the rear applique replacement $208. I think I'm going to try and do it myself @ home and if it breaks or whatnot I can fork over the $1,000.
     
  18. xveys

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    You're quoute was not so bad then, had the same question a while ago: 1500€, car is also out of warranty (higher mileage)

    Craziest thing is: the guy from the SeC told me that it actually was a 'design feature', as the lights are cooled due to air (and consequently bugs) being able to come in. They won't break as fast he said. He went on to tell me that even if I would pay the 1500€ for the replacement (lights + new applique), I would still get new bugs eventually, so I kindly declined.
    I thought that since the problem was so widespread and that all cars have this, they would repair it under goodwill, but unfortunately that wasn't the case. Still bizar that the problem will keep on coming back.

    Anyway, it isn't the worst thing in the world, and I won't like driving my car any less because of it, still an amazing car. But to me this is a design flaw, not really a feature to have a bug cemetery in your lights ;).
     
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    New (old?) meaning for a Tesla being a high-tech car with still a few bugs to work out...
     
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