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Loud ticking noise with heater on.....

sorka

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Feb 28, 2015
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Headed out to go skiing on Saturday and Sunday to Dodge Ridge.

Was preheating the car before taking off as I was going to need nearly a full charge to get there and back in one charge(got back with 16%).

Anyways, headed out to the garage to put more stuff in the car and heard this:



I didn't want to drive the car like that since we were going to need the heater in 9F temperatures. I was just about to transfer everything to the Prius but at the last moment I decided to remove the front cowl underneath and see what I could see. It turns out the noise was caused by this stuck in the fan:

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Tesla should really do a better job of affixing labels so they don't come off. How much did I save the SC by finding this myself?
 
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sorka

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Feb 28, 2015
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Mod note: updated the title to remove the word "sparking", which might seem a bit alarming considering the actual cause...

Sounded more like sparking than ticking until the motor slowed when being shut off. You can remove it, but in my opinion, that's what it sounded like.
 

travwill

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May 1, 2015
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Marble Falls, TX
I had this same noise a few days ago with climate on before getting in car, from front left grill also. Seemed like a fan hitting something/ticking, etc. Exact same noise. It was gone though the last few days so not sure what changed...
 

sorka

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Feb 28, 2015
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Merced, CA
I had this same noise a few days ago with climate on before getting in car, from front left grill also. Seemed like a fan hitting something/ticking, etc. Exact same noise. It was gone though the last few days so not sure what changed...

I'll bet it was the same thing. Had I known what it was, I would have just left it knowing it would eventually clear.
 

travwill

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May 1, 2015
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Marble Falls, TX
I'll bet it was the same thing. Had I known what it was, I would have just left it knowing it would eventually clear.


Thanks, I just read back and saw that it was a label in the fan! Mine hasn't made the noise since I heard it, maybe because I've driven high speeds since then but hopefully was just the same issue that is gone now. Will keep an "ear" out for it.

-T
 

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