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Creaking sound in Model 3

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

  1. gshep86

    gshep86 Member

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    My Model 3 is in service as we speak for something similar. When I'm driving 20mph or less, there is a tapping sound coming from the front right of the dashboard. Can't hear it at higher speeds, but at lower speeds, it sounds like there is a loose harness tapping against plastic. We will see if they can get it fixed, because its drives me crazy
     
  2. hashraf

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    I had creaking sound coming when driving on slightly bumpy roads. The mobile service came today to install the dual motor performance badge and I had him take a look at it. Turns out the white dash trim (or the wood on the black interiors) had a few loose clips. He said this piece is installed at service center prior to delivery so he will talk to them to make sure they are not messing up all the cars. I am in las vegas.
     
  3. Birdman325

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    I have the same creaking noise. Just started noticing it today. When I accelerate and decelerate, there is a very noticeable creak from rear passenger side. Sounds like a “spring” that needs some grease. Really don’t want to have to make another service appointment and leave the car. I assume this won’t go away by itself...
     
  4. Birdman325

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    That is exactly the same sound I am now experiencing.
     
  5. Willy3988

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    Concern: Customer states there is a creaking sound coming from the front while driving slowly forward, and when depressing or releasing the accelerator. Please provide NVH sheet.
    Corrections: Exterior NVH General Diagnosis
    Technician road tested vehicle and found when driving over speed bumps, squeaking noise is produced from the front upper control arms. Technician recommends replacement of front upper control arms and re-check.
    Corrections: Control Arm - Upper - Front - LH (Includes Alignment) Technician replaced the front left upper control arm.
    Parts Replaced or Added
    Part Quantity
    FR UPR CTRL ARM ASSY, LH (1044321-00- 1 F)
    FR UPR CTRL ARM ASSY, RH (1044326-00- 1 F)
    Corrections: Control Arm - Upper - Front - RH (Includes Alignment) Technician replaced the front right upper control arm.
    Pay Type: Warranty
     
  6. MacGreiner

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    I hope this resolves it for you. I've had the control arms and associated bushes replaced twice. The squelchy creaky sound always returns after a few weeks.
    It will be going in again soon with a "please explain" demand.
     
  7. stillwaiting

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    An Update: I don't get the creaking noise anymore. I drove in rain and once the rain stopped the sound was gone too. :confused:
     
  8. Birdman325

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    Strange things. Same thing happened to me. All “quiet” today (except from other assorted minor noises and lots of highway wind noise) after a rainy drive yesterday.
     
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  9. stillwaiting

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    I wonder if there is some rust build-up going on which is causing this creaking. will find out on feb 10th when the appt is scheduled
     
  10. mfrey

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    I find my level of creaking is related to temperature. Seems that when it is warmer outside I get less creaking / rattling when going over bumps. Anyone else notice this?
     
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  11. MacGreiner

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    Same here. When it is cold, it sounds as though my passenger door is going to fall off. Once things warm up (usually when I take it to the SC) - as quiet as a church mouse and I look like a douche.
     
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  12. ampitupco

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    I'll add mine to the list. 3LR. I have a creak that seems to originate in the back seat area that sounds like it is something in the cabin but damned if can pinpoint the exact location. To further frustrate, it only seems to happen over insignificant bumps - like driving over a crack in the road - as opposed to hitting a pothole. Although I can hear it all the time, it seems to be more frequent when the car is cold. To my ears it sounds like it comes from inside the cabin but I have no real clue as I have shook and punched every panel behind the drivers seat and in the trunk and nothing.

    I will attempt to capture a recording.
     
  13. TeeEmCee

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    If it feels like it’s coming from inside the cabin, whenever it happens consistently, try folding the rear seatback down. The backrest doesn’t clip all that tightly into the frame and it can rattle.
     
  14. Birdman325

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    My creak is back.
     
  15. RoBoRaT

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    TeeEmCee maybe right.
    Had the same kind of noise/rattle from inside back of car soon after M3 delivery. I wrapped the metal anchor (where back seats latch) with electrical tape - and the rattling sound disappeared.
     
  16. yoyogirl

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    I suspect shipping spacers. the spacers removed after 4 years of driving my earlier car o_O
     
  17. ampitupco

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    Yes - I have driven with the back seats down in attempt to determine where the creak comes from and it still creaks. My next test will be to lie in the truck while someone else drives. LOL!
     
  18. laurenrose

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    That's it! Eureka. Mine just started yesterday, but it sounds like it's coming from the front driver's side.
     
  19. stillwaiting

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    Mine is in the shop now. The technician who test drove with me was able to hear the noise and was confident it was something to do with the seat and said they will fix it.

    on a side note Tesla enterprise loaners are really bad. Wish they treated us like how BMW treats their customers.
     
  20. menithings

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    My P3D+ is in service right now for that exact same creaking noise. Service specialist is awesome and is determined figure it out. Will update when I know more.
     

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