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Misalignment of left taillight with bumper

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by spyderdawg, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. spyderdawg

    spyderdawg Member

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    Anyone notice their left taillight protrudes out past the bumper maybe a quarter to half inch? The right side is much more flush and in line.
     
  2. mekberg

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    You can get at the tail light nuts by removing 2-3 push pins in the felt in the trunk. There are two 8mm nuts holding the tail light in. I would start here and see if it's a bumper issue or tail light issue.

    But I like poking around with nuts/bolts. YMMV ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
  3. spyderdawg

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    Ok I will check it out, from the outside it appears the taillight just needs to be pulled in a bit and not a trunk or bumper issue. Thanks for the feedback
     
  4. mekberg

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    I did this in two minutes.

    Two push pins on the left side. Top one is above the light.
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    Pull back felt. Note the top plastic trim piece will probably come down. When re-assembling make sure you tuck the felt back behind the rubber as shown above.

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  5. chronopc

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    Sounds a lot like the issue I have. I took it to the Service Center and they said they are ordering me a new taillight. 20180624_172501.jpg
     
  6. mekberg

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    I don't see your issue. The bottom of the light seems flush with the face of the bumper. Or are you talking about something else?
     
  7. chronopc

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    The issue is the top of the left taillight. It's sticking out a lot and not flushed. At first I thought it might have been a panel misalignment but the panel is fine. The technician said whoever installed it didn't angle it correctly.
     
  8. mekberg

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    Yes there is a bit of play when the nuts are removed/loosened. Could probably adjust the fitment this way.
     
  9. chronopc

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    Seems like a pretty common issue. There were a few Model 3 at the Service Center and all the ones I saw had issues with the taillight.
     
  10. gambit48

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    Just take it in if you can't fix it yourself quickly. I consider it a relatively minor issue (the cracking glass roofs scare me). Mine has a misaligned front bumper. Service people have seen quite a lot of misalignment issues.
     
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  11. JDea

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    I reported a panel gap on my tail lights when I took delivery, after the appointment, 2 months later. They said they did some shimmy work to make the gap more aligned on the left tail light. Since the right side was flush and my left side had a decent gap.
     
  12. kwest2

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    took my car in last week for trunk / tail light / paint / scratched console issues. Picking up today. Hope to report back good news. Here's the pics of the problems.
     

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