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Fly in my Taillight

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Alexander, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. Alexander

    Alexander P# 8,878

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    Two questions came to mind when I found this little guy: How did he get there and how do I get him out! lol

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  2. MDK

    MDK Aussie Member

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    I've seen people refer to the Model S ability to near-instantly jump into a gap in traffic in another lane as "teleportation"
    Perhaps you teleported into a space previously occupied by the fly? :tongue:
     
  3. Kraken

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    What's he doing in there?

    Looks like the the backstroke to me, in the remaining residue from the condensation that always forms back there.
     
  4. wraithnot

    wraithnot Model S VIN #5785

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    I had a dead spider in my tail light when I took my car in for drive unit noise last year so I asked if they could remove the spider while they fixed the other issues (I assume there is some sort of hidden vent hole to keep condensation from building up in the tail light and the spider used the vent hole to sneak in). Here is the description of how they removed the dead spider:

    Concern: Customer states that in the right side inner tail light lens there is a spider inside.
    Cause: Dead spider inside right side inner tail light assembly.
    Correction: Light - Fog/Reverse - Rear - RH
    Removed inner tail lamp assembly and used compressed air to remove spider carcass.
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    LAMP ASY - L/Gate TAIL B/U - SAE (RH) 1.00 (6005924-00-C)
    APPLIQUE TAPE, RH (1021608-00-A) 1.00
    Pay Type: Warranty
     
  5. ZBB

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    I also had a fly in one of the tail lights in May. Tesla just swapped the tail light out under warranty...
     
  6. karmamule

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    Did you hear a faint voice saying "Help me......h.e.l.l.l.l.l.l.p....m...e..e..e.e.e.e.e"?
     
  7. Plug Me In

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    I had that as well. Service guy also baffled as it is apparently a sealed unit. Replaced the whole light assembly.
     
  8. GoBlue88

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    Man, that would really bug me. Hope that didn't cause your taillight to buzz.
     
  9. Thud

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    So it would seem that this is a common bug with the Model S.

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  10. ZBB

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    Makes you wonder if they had some flies lay eggs on parts prior to assembly...
     
  11. richkae

    richkae VIN587

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    If eggs were in there how would the fly grow to maturity? What would it eat?
     
  12. Zextraterrestrial

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    funny people here :wink:

    I have 2 mosquitoes in my right brake light. Pretty sure they have been with my car since 2012!
     
  13. AndreyATC

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    Same issue with left tail light
    Smaller insect though
     
  14. AMPUP

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    same issue on my right taillight.
     
  15. mhpr262

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    What the aitch-e-doublehockeysticks? Do they assemble these taillights in some Yanomami village near the Amazon river or something??? How many other people have got bugs in their taillights?
     
  16. Chris

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    Same here, mosquito in taillight
     
  17. ZBB

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    Then perhaps flies and other insects have harnessed wormholes and are using them to get into Tesla tail light assemblies...
     
  18. Chris TX

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    To get rid of that fly, take the advice and old lady gave me once:
    Put a spider in there.
    But then you'll need a way to get rid of the spider, so you might need to put a bird in there.
    She said some other stuff, but she died a long time ago.
     
  19. Cal1

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    I had a spider web in mine. Thought it was a crack at first. Swapped out at SC.
     
  20. Todd Burch

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    I had a mosquito in there once. They blew it out with compressed air, and of course had to reapply the applique. Seemed like a lot of effort. I'm hoping that more recent builds have a fix for this, and that they're sealing older builds as needed to prevent this in the future.
     

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