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Hit a Metal Object! No F*re But Pissed

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by lloyds, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. lloyds

    lloyds Member

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    Stuck in traffic going about 30mph on the 101. Next thing I know an old pick up truck swerves into my lane and he hits a a small pothole, which launched something from his bed. I tried to swerve, but it went right under the car and I heard it directly under me. I immediately pulled over to take a look and this is what I found. BTW, I'm pissed

    Can you guys tell if it got to the battery? This is the first time I looked under the car so I don't know what to look for.
     

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  2. Discoducky

    Discoducky Active Member

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    No battery damage to my eye. Looks like it cut into the side of the pack though. Still recommend taking into service for a professional look or calling/emailing them the pic at the least.
     
  3. steve841

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    A trip to the SC would be in order... But, no coolant leak, I think you're ok.
     
  4. chickensevil

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    Any chance you got his plate, you could call it in to HIS insurance.
     
  5. 772

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    Sorry for your mishap, lloyds. From the other pictures I've seen of MS batteries, I think the batteries are held inside the greenish colored tray/enclosure. From what I can see, there may be some minor damage to the enclosure, but this may or may not affect your battery. As others recommended you should take this to your service center.
     
  6. lloyds

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    I did not. The only thing that came to my mind when it happened was "Oh Sh*t!" and to pull over right away.. I didn't even think about going after the truck or getting their plate #. In hindsight, wish I did.

    Will be scheduling tomorrow. This sucks
     
  7. justaddsun

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    Glad you are okay. So many other bad things could have happened (and I don't mean a fire).
     
  8. chickensevil

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    Indeed road debris isn't something to joke around about, so it is quite fortunate that was all that happened to you... People should really get in a lot of trouble for not properly securing cargo on their vehicles. I almost hit a box in the road the other day and thankfully managed to avoid it. Good thing cause as I looked in the review mirror the box was still full of what looked like a metal cabinet of some kind (maybe about the size of a mini fridge).

    i am am glad the OP is safe, hopefully the repair isn't that much and you can get back on your way quickly :)
     
  9. GDH

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    It'll buff out.
     
  10. 100thMonkey

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    did you get a look at the driver, was Neil Cavuto? ;~)
     
  11. BlkCld

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    Let me guess, he had the tailgate down trying save gas :cursing:
    Sorry to hear, but glad all is good.
    If you can't make it to the service center there is always duct tape LOL :tongue:
     
  12. lloyds

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    Thanks, I appreciate it. I scheduled a drop off, so hopefully this is not going to be expensive or extensive.

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    Yes, the tailgate was down! Let's just say it was loud. I would equate it to sounding like a gunshot from under the car.
     
  13. Larry

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    Sorry for your mishap. Insurance should cover it I hope. Can you let us know if your insurance company gives you a hard time though.
    Thanks
     
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    This doesn't work. His insurance would deny it unless you have proof. I have tried this before when something fell of a truck in front of me (driving a Murano at the time), and it bounced up, smashed my headlight, dented in my hood, smashed my windshield, then dented my roof. I followed the guy and got his license plate number. I contacted my insurance who said they'd call the other guys insurance but they already knew standard procedure would be that they'd deny it unless you have proof. Sure enough, my insurance called me back and said 'nope, sorry, his insurance denied it ever happened'.

    Yes, fortunately, in this case when the other guys insurance deny's it, your insurance still covers it. Thank god in my car, because it was over $8k in damage.
     
  15. dratifk

    dratifk Sorry Sold my *****

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    This is why some of us swear to Cameras in our Cars. For me $290 front and rear cameras are well worth the price. So far I haven't needed them although I did catch my 6 year old in a lie about not hitting the car (It was the 2014 odyssey) with her bike. She now knows better to lie to dad since he has eyes everywhere.
     
  16. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Wait till she's 13 when she'll get more creative ;)

    Good point about the cameras. I wish more manufacturers offered this as a factory option. I generally dislike intrusive or otherwise not-so-integrated mods to my cars.
     
  17. dsm363

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    Me too. Maybe when they unveil the 'autopilot' mode with the additional hardware required that will be an option.
     
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    Well that's just crappy. Ugh... Shame, people get away with this crap...
     
  19. dratifk

    dratifk Sorry Sold my *****

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    Maybe we can get Artsi to get a DVR inline with the front and rear camera solution he has figured out. To be honest with the power tap in the Mic area the install of the Blackvue 550 couldn't have been more easier and nonintrusive.
     
  20. K5ING

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    #20 K5ING, Feb 3, 2014
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    One of the best and smallest cams I've found is the Mobius action cam. Good quality video and very small. No video screen, but if you need to see anything it captured, just plug it, or the mini-sd card, into a computer.

    cam.jpg

    I won't post the video, but here's a link to a very thorough (and long) review of it. About $89 on Amazon, less on E-Bay.

    Disclaimer: No, I don't work for them or trying to sell anything. I'm just getting ready to pull the trigger on a dash cam myself, and after researching a bunch, this is the one I've settled on.
     

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