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Front suspension, sway bar links possible rattling.

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by dabbler, Aug 25, 2018.

  1. dabbler

    dabbler Member

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    2013 S85 with 137,000 miles. NO accident history. No air suspension. I have noticed that the front suspension has a rattling sound when going over small bumps at very low speed in both forward and reverse.

    Upon inspection I noticed that the sway bar links appear to be wearing and have more play than when new. The sway bar bushings appear to be OK. But I suspect that they may need replacement do to age and mileage.

    Has anyone experienced these same issues and if so did they perform these repairs as a DYI? Part numbers would be helpful if someone has a parts manual.

    I see used parts available on eBay. Not bushings but the complete sway bar and links. Suggestions are welcome.
     
  2. Lukez

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    I had this done at the SC as I believe it requires the removal of the battery. I didn't go physically look but multiple SC's said they need to remove the battery to change them out
     
  3. dabbler

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    The main pack or the 12v ?
     
  4. Lukez

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    Main pack but from the looks of it from the service manual you don't need to. Search the forum and download yourself the service manual, you'll see what's involved.
     
  5. murse

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    This is from when I had mine replaced at the SC. I do have air suspension though.

    "Concern: Customer: Clunking rattling noise heard from front of vehicle over slow speed rough road surface.

    Corrections: Control Arm - Upper - Front - RH (1st Generation) (Dual Motor)

    Found noise coming from right front upper control arm and sway bar links. Replaced right front upper control arm and both sway bar links. Test drove and confirmed noise is no longer present.

    Parts Replaced or Added

    Part Quantity

    FR SUSP UCA ASSY RH (6008930-00-A) 1

    FR SUSP STABAR LINK LH (6007098-00-A) 1

    FR SUSP STABAR LINK RH (6008915-00-A) 1

    NUT HF M10x1.25 PC10 PTP COLORED 8 (2007090-00-C)"
     
  6. dabbler

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    Thanks for the part numbers. I will look for the service manual.
     
  7. jelloslug

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    The service manual is easy to "acquire".
     
  8. Yuhnin

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    I went today for the same problem on my P85D

    Description du problème: Customer: bruit a l'avant du vehicule a basse vitesse
    Corrections: Front Suspension (including Hubs) General Diagnosis
    Effectuerr essai routiere - bruit confirme.
    Corrections: Control Arm - Upper - Front - LH (2nd Generation)
    Remplacer le bras superieure en avant cote gauche - verifier tout est correct, aucun bruit abnormale entendu.
    Pièce remplacée ou ajoutée
    Pièce Quantité
    FR UPR CTRL ARM, LH, DUAL MOTOR 1 (1043965-00-B)
     
  9. dabbler

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    Looks like Autobahntesla.com is the place to go for good used Tesla parts. Never did hear back from the Tesla parts department.
     
  10. hpartsch

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    I also had the same issue covered under warranty. 2013 w/ 32555 miles at the time. Hoping the D-part lasts longer...
    FR SUSP STABAR PASSIVE SUSP
    (6007084-00-D)
     
  11. Dovetaildoc

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    Over the past several months I noticed a quiet knocking coming from the front end while going slowly over small bumps. Tesla Minneapolis couldn't have been more attentive. The technician rode with me for a few minutes to confirm what I was hearing. They gave me a loaner for the day. I was told that, "the passenger front swaybar drop link has play in the ball joint, and will need to be replaced".

    I went to pick up my car later that afternoon, (bracing for the out-of-warranty bill), only to find my car washed, vacuumed, courtesy inspected, and a bill for $42.84 for parts, 43.75 for labor. :)

    Front Stabar Link- Dual Motor 1030603-00-B

    2015 85D 75,000 mi (No Air suspension)
     
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  12. dabbler

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    I replaced my front left-hand sway bar link last week and that solved all of my rattling problems.
     
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  13. rrodby

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    I brought my 2018 S in for that rattle, mostly R front. like others I only hear it at slow speeds bumpy, driving me nuts, we drove around and they are ordering some parts, i pray it goes away. I think it was there when I bought it, but Im not sure, they implied it was a pothole issue. Will see. Would love to get that rattle gone.
     
  14. Gadgetboyea

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    Dabbler, I had this noise appear just recently on my 2013 85S with 122,000 miles no air suspension. I need to acquire a manual too, I started to look for the sound but gave up. I didn’t know what it was so took it to the service center Saturday. They told me today it was the right side sway bar link and I approved the repair over the phone (I’m on travel out of state). $140.97 for the repair.
     

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