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Frunk, slight dent

chicagotsla

Member
Apr 1, 2013
55
0
Chicago, IL
I noticed today that my Frunk has a slight dent where I usually do the second tap to latch it.

Anyone else?

I've been super careful because it does feel a bit flimsy.
 

PhilBa

Active Member
Apr 20, 2013
1,382
68
Seattle
It doesn't feel all that sturdy to me either so I'm super careful. When I picked up the car, the DE guy was very clear on how to close the frunk (don't slam, push gently) so it's likely they have had complaints.
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,866
Toronto, ON
I always use the two-handed palm down press right in the center where the latch is. My DS was also very specific about this.
 
Mar 11, 2010
4,511
1,354
Humboldt/Los Altos
I always use the two-handed palm down press right in the center where the latch is. My DS was also very specific about this.

mine too. then I went and pushed with one hand and realized why they say 2 hands! no dent though.

I use a knee on one corner and a hand on the other usually.. works good and you can carry stuff too
 

dsm363

Roadster + Sig Model S
May 17, 2009
18,278
151
Nevada
Why this was not electric open on the tech package is beyond my comprehension....

I refuse to use it.

I believe it has something to do with the hood needing to have a double latch for regulatory purposes. They don't want the hood to unlatch while driving. I can't think of any car actually have has an automatic opening mechanism for the hood.
 

spatterso911

P100DL - Raven
Mar 3, 2012
1,223
12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Doesn't need an electric open, but it could use an electric closer. That can be done and still comply with the safety latch design. Just a motor to pull the hood down after it catches the first latch.
 

kevincwelch

Active Member
May 13, 2012
2,060
99
Chicagoland
The frunk closure is the most poorly designed aspect of the car. If you need a "dealer" rep to show you how to properly close an automobile hood, then there is a problem with the design. There should be nothing mystical or mysterious about closing the frunk. It doesn't have to be electric or automated. It should simply close like every other hood out there.
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,866
Toronto, ON
If you need a "dealer" rep to show you how to properly close an automobile hood, then there is a problem with the design.

I have to agree. I am very careful with it because I was shown how to do it and because I am aware the hood can dent easily. I get very nervous when other people are in the vicinity of the frunk. If my wife or kid goes to get something out of the frunk, they're likely going to slam it back down just as they would with the hood or trunk of any other car.
 

consolidated

Member
Jun 5, 2013
26
0
USA
It's not unlike the routine for a Porsche's beer can thin aluminum front trunk, two palms or hold it up in the air around 45° and drop it shut.
 

MikeK

R#129, TSLA shareholder
Jun 29, 2012
1,133
1
San Francisco Bay Area
I agree too -- the Model S needs a revision to the latch of the frunk. I've had to specifically instruct the local hand car wash (which cleans the cars for the Menlo Park showroom!!) how to do it properly. Twice.

Plus, if you park the car nose in, it's extra difficult to do the two-handed closing maneuver because you're having to get between the car and the wall, bush, fence or whatever you're parked against.
 

scaesare

Well-Known Member
Mar 14, 2013
8,230
13,161
NoVA
I've opted to push on the front edge right in front of the latch with the palm of one hand. With the fold of the aluminum there, it doesn't deflect as much as when pushing on the flat surface farther up on the car... even when using the two-hand palm method.

I agree it should be reinforced.
 

ddruz

Member
Mar 17, 2012
675
5
North Shore Oahu, HI
FWIW: I was instructed by our local SC at time of delivery to use two hands, each hand placed on the far left and right front edges of the frunk.

I specifically asked about using the two hand method right in front by the latch but they said no, the far edges are more reinforced and hands placed there is the preferred method.
 

scaesare

Well-Known Member
Mar 14, 2013
8,230
13,161
NoVA
FWIW: I was instructed by our local SC at time of delivery to use two hands, each hand placed on the far left and right front edges of the frunk.

I specifically asked about using the two hand method right in front by the latch but they said no, the far edges are more reinforced and hands placed there is the preferred method.

Hmm, that contradicts the official Tesla video which says to place hands "on either side of the Tesla logo"...

http://www.teslamotors.com/models/walkthrough/playlist#2
 

ToddRLockwood

Active Member
Sep 11, 2012
1,317
74
Burlington, Vermont
I think the important thing is to push with the heel of your hands, right at the front edge. Your finger tips should not be in contact with the hood.

Years ago, I had a Mercedes 280SL with an aluminum hood. In this case the hood hinged at the front of the car, and the latch was at the base of the windshield, making it very difficult to press against the hood without denting it.
 

Edward D

Member
Jan 6, 2013
19
8
Houton
I have a small dent too. I am very careful too and I don't know how it happened. I can't keep other people from shutting the frunk sometimes. What do we do about repairing a dent? Will Tesla fix it?
 

bdukov

Member
Aug 31, 2013
28
1
Santa Clarita
dent in frunk

I have scrupulously followed the instructions for closing the frunk, and decided to try one hand (other hand holding groceries) at the top of the Tesla logo, and this is what happened! Really, VERY TEMPERMENTAL!!!!
 

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Chas F

Model S 60kWh #P6396
Aug 22, 2012
220
4
Orlando, FL
I too have been very careful about following the instructions of my DS, but alas, I now have a small dent near the latch. Seems like a design issue. Does anyone know if Tesla service is repairing these? Is there a redesign effort underway?
 

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