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Could I have caused some damage?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by vraev, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. vraev

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    Hi guys,

    I know I may be overthinking and just becoming paranoid about this, but I felt my first bottoming out with my new MS. I was coming out of a strip mall exit (Tim hortons) down onto the street and was going at a slow speed when I heard a loud thud which I felt underneath my seat. I don’t know if I hit the bottom of the car (set at normal) or it was the suspension and the wheel just banged into the inside of the wheel well. I didn’t exactly see what it was, but might have been a pothole in the driveway.

    I tried looking underneath the car after raising the suspension to very high. I did not see anything out of the ordinary. I looked into the wheel wells and did not see anything different. I did notice the following: the plastic on the underside of the front bumper was broken on both left and right wheel wells. (See pics). Is this normal? Or was this caused by some damage?

    I did notice a soft scraping/rasping sound while driving and also noticed that the tire pressures which were all at 48psi before are now a bit unbalanced (left two tires are 48 psi, while right front is 47psi and right rear is 49psi).

    I will be going to the SC on Tuesday for a checkup about some windnoise and rubber sealing on the driver side.

    Do you guys think I should try to take it in asap tomorrow and get it checked out? Is bottoming out on a pothole (the bottom of the car or the air suspension) going to cause a lot of damage?

    Thanks

    V
     

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    I won’t worry too much about slight PSI imbalance as driving and heating can cause that, but if it keeps getting worse then do check the tires.

    I am no expert in the other aspect, though I think if it drives fine and there are no obvious damage or error message, the I won’t stress too much about it and just get it checked out next week when you are going to the SC. The underside of Model S is probably tougher than most ICE sedans, witht reinforcement tonprotect this battery.
     
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  3. vraev

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    Here is a video showing this inside both front wheel wells of the car.

     
  4. vraev

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    Thanks. I guess it was bound to happen at some or the other time. I guess I just have to be more careful and try to remember to always raise my suspension in some of those downtown strip mall driveways.
     
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    The issue is, you have no idea when that plastic broke or from what.

    I'd be more concerned about a bent rim than anything.
     
  6. vraev

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    I looked at the rim and cannot see any damage/rash on it. I’ll try looking more carefully at it tomorrow morning after I wash the car.
     
  7. brkaus

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    Very low speed pothole is unlikely to damage the rim/tire. Watch the pressure over a few days.
     
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  8. vraev

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    Thanks. Will keep an eye on it. Can the control arm be damaged by pothole damage?
     
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    Anything is possible, but I would bet it’s unlikely at slow speeds.

    I think your suffering from new car panic.

    Watch the tire pressure. If it handles fine you’re fine.

    If your worried, you could have the alignment checked.
     
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  10. vraev

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    Thanks for the reassurance everyone. I’ll see over the next couple of days if anything feels out of the ordinary
     

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