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Constant creaking/croaking sound when brakes are applied. Audio included.

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by myownsummer, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. myownsummer

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    Help identifying constant creaking croaking sound when brakes are applied. Audio included
    It's been 30 days since we took delivery of the 75 model. Everything else is great, but within 3 weeks I started hearing a rubbery creaking/croaking sound every time I...

    1) Turn the wheel depressing the brake, or...
    2) When releasing the brake after a full stop

    The sounds are emanating from the front wheel wells. I captured some audio here: Model X 2018 Noise - Clyp

    That's sound #1. I have my foot on the pedal and I'm turning the wheel left and right. This happens mostlywithout fail.

    Sound #2 is a short burst of the same sound in the recording.

    The mobile team came out and said that this is a normal sounds Tesla's make when the brake pads touch the rotors.

    Is this true, or am I crazy? Did other Model X owners experience the same sound after a month of driving? Recommended next steps?
     
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  2. Terthen

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    Do you have Creep on? I think that may happen to me at a point when I am trying to creep just a little bit forward, like inching out, but not as long as your recording was. Our X does rock back a bit when We fully stop, and has a noise like your #2, but mobile service tech said that can be tightened up when we go in for our annual service.
     
  3. myownsummer

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    I did have creep on, but I just disabled it. I'll have to test it later today to see if that makes a difference. The mobile tech was immediately dismissive of the sound as described it as aa baseline Tesla sound. Which is why I wanted to check with other Tesla owners. Thanks.
     
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    I have the same exact sound on my 3 week old Model X. I get the same sound when "creeping" and right before or after I press the brakes. On a side note, I don't think it's a good idea to turn the wheels while your brakes are pressed anyways. It causes pressure on the car's frame and brakes as your wheelbase shifts slightly. It also wears your tires out a bit unevenly if you do it too much.
     
  5. stormtropper

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    My model X has the same #2 noise as well when the car stops after pressing the brake. @myownsummer do you know the cause of the noise?
     
  6. jboy210

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    The backing out noise does sound a bit like brake rotor or chassis creaking. But you would have to be going very slow and perhaps turning the wheel for it to sound this way.

    Regarding the stop at a light, I sometimes hear the same noise when the car releases brakes from Hold mode (little H in circle on right side of display) that comes on at a stop light after a second or 2 and prevents car from rolling forward or backward. As soon as you press the throttle, the brake disengages and sometimes makes a little noise. I don't use creep mode but my guess it operates similarly.
     
  7. chdavis

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    I had the same noise, the SC replaced both control arms.
     
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    And did that make the creaking go away?
     
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  9. bayx

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    I get the noise too when I break though not this much, but I never tried to turn when brakes are applied, it is not good for your car and tires too as it can lead to uneven wear. I took delivery end of Aug 2018.

    I think yours sounds a bit excessive. I would take it to the SC or if you have other issues to be taken care of then have them look at it at the same time.
     
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    This creak, combined with the front end rattle, is embarrassing to have people in my car. They say it sounds like a piece of junk
     
  11. bayx

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    Well, in a way it is because Tesla cannot make real cars yet, so what you are paying for is the tech. They will, hopefully, improve on the car-making part too, eventually!
     
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    It's embarrassing to hear these sounds in ANY car, let alone one that costs this much. So what did you tell them? Did you make excuses for Tesla, or did you tell it like it is?
     
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  13. spectrum

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    It's sad. Everything in my Model X is perfect so far, except for the constant random creaking, rattles, and weird sounds that denote poor craftsmanship and poor quality.
     
  14. bayx

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    I think instead of ranger, just make an appointment with your local SC, take it in, and tell them your concerns and that you want them fixed.

    With the influx of M3's, the SC's have been pushing back or not wanting to take on minor (in their view) issues, unfortunately, so you have to be proactive about it.

    One way to not have to listen to the rattles would be to blast your music, even better if you have PUP sound!;)
     
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  15. jboy210

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    My BMWs (3 of them) make the same creaks. You just can't hear them over the engine. But you can feel the same vibrations in the brake pedal as you release pressure on the pedal.
     
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    Yes
     

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