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Creaking sound in Model 3

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by minsup23, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. minsup23

    minsup23 Member

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    I drive a Model 3 and noticed yesterday that the Model 3 has a "creak" sound when I accelerate from a stop position. Sometimes I can hear it when I brake suddenly. I did borrow a Model X while my car was getting paint repairs. I know the answer is to take it to a SC but they are pretty swamped and was wondering if anyone knew if it was a simple fix that I can perform.

    I also have to take it in for paint problems that are new. There is also a weird rattling sound coming from the right side when the wind is fast. Otherwise, I do love the car and can't appreciate it much if I got my music or podcast playing loud. It's particularly noticeable when i am driving the family around.
     
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  2. srkerd

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    I have the same on my P3D+. Just want to follow the tread. Although I only noticed it on acceleration from a stop and not when breaking.
     
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  3. SoCalGuy

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    I hear a rattle intermittently by driver side front window. At first I thought it was speaker crackle but then I muted audio and still hear it. You could call it a creak with a little rattle thrown in.
     
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  4. TeeEmCee

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    Last night I did a quick drive across town, on mostly quiet streets and heard the same, mostly on harder acceleration and less so on deceleration. The sound comes from the back, I'm guessing from a suspension component. It really does sound like it's a 15-year old car with a busted suspension going over bumps.
     
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  5. minsup23

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    Glad I am not the only one! Hopefully someone knows where it is coming from and why it is such a common occurrence.
     
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  6. srkerd

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    this might sound silly but I feel my suspension sits high for a P3D+ and I wonder if there are some shipping spacers installed on the suspension they forgot to take out and that is making a noise... I haven't inspected the suspension though...
     
  7. Shizzrock

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    I've been trying to figure this out too. The rear of mine is 1/2" higher than the front. I wish I knew what components are exclusive to the P3D+. Hopefully service will let me know one day.
     
  8. minsup23

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    I have an AWD, nonperformance.
     
  9. IgorS

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    I had a creaking sound that I found was coming from the aero cover on the front driver wheel. Only noticeable with the window down. It seemed secure on the wheel, but the creaking was reproducible when i pressed on the cover. A week ago the cover fell off during driving. Tesla promised to replace it. At least the creaking is gone.
     
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  10. TeeEmCee

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    Thank you for the tip. I just received my lug/center caps today and took the covers off. I’ll test again tomorrow.
     
  11. Orwell

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    There have been P3D+ shipped/built with normal springs. You might want to check against another local P3D+.
     
  12. Orwell

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    Some people are reporting noise from CV axle.
     
  13. tyfosho

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    Mine has a metal on metal rattle/creaking noise that I found to be the cover on the passenger side that’s at the same place as the charge port. I’m still not sure how to fix it though
     
  14. lux_cars

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    I have similar creaking/rattling sounds coming and plan to take it to the SC at some point.
     
  15. Nandrews508

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    Getting the same "door creaking" sounds from the back of my P3D+ when accelerating and have scheduled a service appointment to address.
     
  16. Nandrews508

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    Update: Service took care of it. They just had to re-torque the suspension and the noise was completely eliminated. Fixed it and got the car back in the same day :)
     
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  17. minsup23

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    Nice. How long was the car in the SC? I was told it was a fit issue like a loose clip in the back. The guy felt it was coming up from too high a position to be the suspension
     
  18. minsup23

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    Found out just now it was something from the splash guard. Nothing with the suspension. Kind of weird but going to pick it up now
     
  19. Nandrews508

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    Just for the day - maybe 6 hours or so.
     
  20. dclam1975

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    I had a metallic creaking sound near the driver side of my Model 3 especially when I go over bumps. I took it into the SC last Friday and got my car back on Wednesday. I was told that the VIN plate on the dashboard was not screwed down correctly.
     

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