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Found 10mm socket head screw under car

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by kiNGng3, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. kiNGng3

    kiNGng3 Member

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    Reaching out to the community to see if this 10mm socket head screw found on my garage floor under the rear passenger tire belongs in the Model 3 somewhere? I found it odd to see a screw I've never seen in the garage before lying right under the rear tire. The screw has a 10mm head and is about 1" long:

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    Any ideas? My garage floor is super clean so this was a surprise!
     
  2. m3snowy

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    Try look underneath the plastic bumper cover aft of the rear wheelwell. I had to remove one just like this to install my rear mud guards.
     
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  3. yerEVan

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    There is a plastic cover right behind the front bumper on the belly of the car. It has a hole on either side of the car (2), and there are screws that may look like that, holding that plastic protective sheet on. I hit a dip in the road, and lost one of those and also scratched that plastic piece like crazy. Had to pay for mobile tech to come out and replace that piece and also the missing screw holding that one side in.
     
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  4. NoMoGas

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    Yup.Thats what that looks like.
     
  5. kiNGng3

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    I thought the screws or clips that support the plastic sheet are plastic?! I guess I'll jack it up to see.
     
  6. Garlan Garner

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    I have found that 99% of all of the screws in my Model 3 are machine screws.

    That's not a machine screw.

    Hopefully you didn't pick it up on the road somewhere.
    Or.....thankfully you picked it up on the raod and didn't run over it ( especially since there is no spare ).
     
  7. Daniel in SD

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    I agree, that doesn’t look like a screw from a car. Also, look how beat up it is. Somehow your car picked it up from the road and dumped it in your garage. Quite the Good Samaritan.
     
  8. ps004ynos

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    That resembles some of the screws from our garage door. I've had one or two come off.
     
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  9. kiNGng3

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    definitely not the garage door...

    screw looks pretty new...
     
  10. AlanSubie4Life

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    Machine screws.

    If you are talking about the aero cover under the car, it has about 8 machine screws/bolts holding it in.

    So no match on either of these.

    My guess is it came off the road somewhere. Could have been wedged in your tire and then dislodged in the garage. Or it is off of something in the garage.

    If it came from the car, let us know. This is a good opportunity to make sure you have all your aero cover attachment bolts and rear diffuser bolts. There are about 25 to look for...
     
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    Also, all the machine screws under my Model 3 have a black coating on them, so I'm pretty sure that the one you found is not from Model 3.
     
  12. notrhj

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    You found it !
    Super Sale Discount Tire And Auto-body
     
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    Call that a find?
    This is a find...
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  14. SigNC

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    I found a screw exactly like this in my garage a few days ago that I kinda dismissed. Now I'm wondering if it came off my car.
     
  15. Wennfred

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    #15 Wennfred, Sep 9, 2019
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    It’s not the 10mm brake rotor screw, those have a flat tip.

    Also it’s a National Fine Thread bolt since it’s used in the automotive field so either off the Tesla or an older car you had in the garage.


    Fred
     
  16. Kevy Baby

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    Am I the only one who is amused by the fact that it is a 10mm: the same size of socket that always seems to be missing?

    o_O
     
  17. Kirby64

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    Not really amusing considering the 10mm always goes missing because the 10mm is what is always used. It makes sense: if 10mm is the most common, it's the most common wrench/socket to be borrowed/used, so most common to be lost.

    Most cars that use metric are almost exclusively 10mm bolts unless you need a larger one for some reason.
     
  18. Ludalicious

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    10mm.jpg
     
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  19. Kirby64

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    I think the more appropriate gag would be to just have you remove a few 10mm bolts to access that spare, rather than break the glass. :D
     
  20. CharleyBC

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    My thought exactly. Though I bet there are a bunch of 10mm bolts here and there.
     

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