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Fording Water

Discussion in 'Model X' started by theganjaguru, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. theganjaguru

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    Just curious about the X's ability to ford water. I don't expect it to be as hardcore as a Range Rover, I am NOT looking to do any kind of offroading. But I am hoping for better ability than the S, so that in the event of roads being flooded, I'd be able to make it through a foot or so of water. What says you owners ?
     
  2. SabrToothSqrl

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    Something about batteries, electricity, and water... I seem to recall something about this from somewhere ;)
     
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    #3 vandacca, Jun 17, 2016
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    You know, @SabrToothSqrl, we have technology to seal batteries against water. ;) Tesla has definitely done this, but to what extent, I don't know. The deeper you go in water, the higher the pressure and therefore, you require better seals to keep the water out. I haven't seen any info or testing on the X, but I would feel comfortable driving my X through water to half-way up my wheels (center-line).

    BTW, the latest manual makes no mention of this.

    --update--
    Also, make sure you raise suspension to highest level before attempting any water crossing.
     
  4. DFibRL8R

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    I'd say turn around, don't drown!

    A foot of swift water can float a car and when you see a flooded road you never know if the water has washed out the road surface and is deeper than you would otherwise expect. Seriously, irrespective of the electronics concern, it's not worth being that guy standing on the roof hoping to get rescued (or worse).
     
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  5. X Fan

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    +1.....
     
  6. theganjaguru

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    I'm talking about standing water, not crossing a river. I think it's a valid question.
     
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    My guess is you could make it through water that's about 3-4" higher than if you were in an S, just based on the "very high" setting in the suspension. Knowing the depth of the water in advance would be pretty difficult and a significant risk to your vehicle, if not yourself. Judging whether it's 3" or less or more.. well, I wouldn't even think about risking it.
     
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  8. Xenoilphobe

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    be careful with the Model S. The High Power dc to Low power DC converter is the passenger side wheel well -- 12 inches of water could short the ground to the positive. I know on later builds they moved it to the "firewall" area behind the funk.

    I wouldn't screw around with 1400 lbs of Lithium ion batteries and water.
     
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    Here is a picture of the part - they sell on eBay for $1000. [

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    This is picture of a Dec 2013 production date Model S with the DC to DC converter exposed. Again I assume they moved this to the trunk area on an X, but I would be worth checking out.

    Model S Passenger side wheel well.png
     
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  11. mspohr

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    Well... you won't need a snorkel:
    defender_mud.jpg
     
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  12. K-MTG

    K-MTG Sunshade Captain of TMC

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    I wouldn't do it, the seals on the doors are crap so I would assume the same for the under shield of the car
     
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  13. GSP

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    I had no choice but to ford 6-8" of water in my 2011 Chevrolet Volt. I also forded about 6" of standing water in my 2014 Volt. No problems either time. GM did publish a video of the pre-production Volt passing the standard fording test that they do on all cars, which eased my mind about buying.

    I have not seen any issues with the Model S fording posted here or elsewhere, and there are a lot of them driving around. I doubt either the S of X would have any problem fording reasonable depths of up to 6" or so.

    GSP
     
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    Here's one guy that made it work... water up over the hood:
     
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  16. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    Why tve cross posting?
     
  17. Drivin

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    I would never Ford a Tesla.
    Nor would I Tesla a Ford.

    I would only Tesla a Tesla.
     
  18. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    And ford a Ford.
     
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    K-MTG Sunshade Captain of TMC

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    And sunshade a Telsa
     
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  20. DCGOO

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    The X is built on the same basic chassis used in the S. I would not expect any significant improvement in its ability to tread water.
     

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