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Gravel-ish sound from wheels

Syaoran

Member
Jan 15, 2021
15
13
Portland
This is my first Tesla so I'm a noob.

I am not sure if this is an issue or not, that is why I am posting here to see if anyone else has this sound.

When at low speeds, either reverse or forward, there is a gravel-type sound coming from the wheel area. Like I am driving on a gravel road. It's not a clunk or metal sound. I think it might be the regen brakes but this sound does not happen at high speeds.

I first noticed it when I had the window open when backing up. If I get the message that regen braking is diminished then I usually don't get the sound(I do need to test this more to be 100% positive) Been getting the regen diminished message a lot when the car has been sitting for more than 20 minutes.

Any thoughts?
 

2101Guy

Active Member
Jan 6, 2020
1,517
1,335
USA
i see you are in portland. (Rainy). Does this only occur the first time you move the car after washing it or after having driven in rain the day before? If so, surface rust on the rotor can cause this. Usually disappears after applying the brakes as the pads remove the surface rust in seconds
 

Syaoran

Member
Jan 15, 2021
15
13
Portland
No, its been dry since I got it so its definitely not water. I'll post a video of the sound soon. I just tested with roll/creep/hold and it does it on each setting. Checked the net and its nothing like the sounds people have been posting on.

Here is the sound
20210120_140322.mp4


Edit: It does this on any surface so I know its not the surface I am on causing it.
 
Last edited:
Dec 2, 2020
152
62
Las Vegas, NV
No, its been dry since I got it so its definitely not water. I'll post a video of the sound soon. I just tested with roll/creep/hold and it does it on each setting. Checked the net and its nothing like the sounds people have been posting on.

Here is the sound
20210120_140322.mp4


Edit: It does this on any surface so I know its not the surface I am on causing it.

Wow, something is wrong!
 

jsight

Member
Apr 5, 2018
593
389
Charleston
Definitely time for a service center visit. They should help you without scheduling if you just show up, as that sounds potentially serious to me.
 

Syaoran

Member
Jan 15, 2021
15
13
Portland
If your Model Y has the 19" Gemini wheels then the sound may be caused by the wheel caps rubbing against the wheels.
Take off the wheel caps and see if the sound will disappear.

This is exactly what it was. I just got off the phone with Service and they suggested I take off the hubcaps and boom, no more sound. Glad its nothing dangerous but I do hope over time the sound goes away.
 

DaveORD

Member
Mar 12, 2020
665
575
Chicagoland
Why the heck would you ever need PWS if Tesla supplied hubcaps make that noise? Wow. I never would have guessed that noise was coming from the hubcaps... Glad it was easy fix.
 

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