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Hail and Flooding experience?

Discussion in 'Model X' started by swesson, Jun 6, 2016.

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  1. swesson

    swesson Member

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    This afternoon in Denver, we had one wicked hail storm. As I looked out into the parking lot at my office, the first thing I could think about is that Prius-sized windshield on my Model X . The second thing I thought about was my car is made out of ALUMINUM! The third thing I thought about was the flash-flooding that I later attemtpted to drive through on my way home--would it be better that I didn't have a tailpipe that could submerge and revert carbon monoxide fumes into the car or worse that I didn't know if my electric motors would fry because they were at the bottom of the car?

    It all turned out okay (i think), but it sure was frightening. I was able to navigate my way home using high roads, avoiding creek beds, streams, etc.

    My question to the community here is: have you experienced any or all of these issues? What did you learn?
     
  2. Saghost

    Saghost Well-Known Member

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    The electrical connection to the motors are sealed, so they won't short out on you. However, both the original Model S battery pack and the original Model S motors have holes on the top to equalize pressure, so they can be damaged in a flooding situation - read the early pages here:

    Repairing a Flooded Tesla Model S : HOW-TO

    I don't know for certain if the X has the same vulnerabilities, but it'd be safer to assume that it does and not cross water deeper than the cabin sills if you can avoid it.
     
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