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Creaking noise in suspension - replaced Front Suspension AFT Link

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by rbohac, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. rbohac

    rbohac New Member

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    My 2014 P85+ with 16000 miles had a creaking noise coming from the front drivers side of the car. It was subtle at first and progressively got worse. The noise would happen any time the suspension moved (turns, speed bumps, raising & lowering).

    I finally had Tesla look at it and they repaired it under warranty. Thank you Tesla! Posting in case anyone has something similar happen.

    Notes from Tesla:
    Concern: Customer states: the vehicle has a squeaking noise in the front of vehicle while

    driving. Customer says it sounds like the suspension.

    Corrections: Front Suspension (including Hubs) General Diagnosis

    Observed creaking noise from front left suspension when ride height is adjusted.

    Inspected suspension components and found front left lower aft control link to be loose.

    Recommend replacement with alignment check.

    Corrections: Link - Front Suspension - Lower - Aft - LH

    Replaced front left lower aft control link. Performed alignment check and adjusted front left toe. Road tested with steering wheel and vehicle tracking straight. No noise present

    during suspension movement.

    Parts Replaced or Added

    Part Quantity

    FRONT SUSPENSION AFT LINK

    ASSEMBLY (1048951-00-B)

    Pay Type: Warranty
     
  2. RDoc

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    I also had a front creak that turned out to be a lower control arm bushing which they replaced, and it seems to have fixed it.
     
  3. David29

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    FWIW,
    FWIW, I had (almost) exactly the same symptoms and the same repair today, on my 2015 Model S 70D. In my case, I first heard creaking and groaning sounds beginning about a month or so ago. Then a week or so ago, I began to hear a sharp squeak when passing over sharp bumps such as depressed manhole covers. The tech said that this does not happen very often at this mileage. I do not recall hitting any major potholes or having any other experience that would cause an early failure. But it is possible I hit a pothole and then forgot about it by the time I noticed the noise. Diagnosis and repair took a bit more than 2 hours. Quite happy with the service center (Dedham, MA) -- and very glad they had the part on hand to do the work.

    As a side note, i had conversations with two technicians. One had worked for BMW shops for 15 years, and the other had worked for a Mercedes dealership nearby that I had some experience with. They both said that they far preferred working for Tesla Motors and that Tesla treated them much better. I was glad to hear that.
     
  4. AmpedRealtor

    AmpedRealtor Banned

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    Would you have expected them to say otherwise of their employer to a customer, whether true or not?
     
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  5. David29

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    Very good point! They did seem sincere and had good things to say about Tesla, but perhaps we should not consider this as a valid data point.
     

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