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Model 3 Frunk Daily Users: Dent Issue?

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by Dre78, Apr 26, 2019.

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For those that use Model 3 Frunk on nearly daily basis, do you have a dent/crease?

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  1. Dre78

    Dre78 Supporting Member

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    Given Model S issues regarding Frunk: Frunk Dent (Frustrating...) I was wondering if the Frunk dent (or Frunk crease) is an issue with Model 3? Has it been addressed somehow?

    Do those Model 3 owners that use Frunk daily have the same problem as Model S owners? (Do new Model S owners still have this issue?)
     
  2. spleck

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    They warned me right up front about how to gingerly two-handed close the frunk so I've always done that, but have to keep a cleaning cloth handy since it definitely leaves prints constantly...
     
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  3. buyehara

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    Yes, I originally thought for the Model 3 I could do a one-handed close by pressing the Tesla logo, but the manual recommends using two hands next to the Tesla logo, NOT on the logo. It can be a bit of a pain if you only have one hand available to close the frunk.
     
  4. reheat

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    I don't use it everyday but do use it when I take out food. I use the two hands methods and haven't encountered any issue.
     
  5. buyehara

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    same here, usually use if for take out food, it does not smell up the inside of the car!
     
  6. Dre78

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    i1Tesla has the solution! Reduced spring tension
     
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  7. Bobbo8

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    Great fix! Where can I get the springs?
     
  8. BulletToothWoo

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    They look a lot like the springs used to hold down the bridge on an electric guitar. Wonder if you could use ones you buy from guitar center?
     
  9. v8eater

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    I tried to order via his link but they are out of stock. I’m headed to my local HD. I think they have one. I’ll let everyone know if it works.
     
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  10. mcorf

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    Sounds good.
     
  11. hcdavis3

    hcdavis3 HCD3

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    Hey v8. At HD, how do you know which spring to get? Did you take out the stock spring, get one the same length but lower tension? This sounds like a great way to easily close the frunk.
     
  12. v8eater

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    I just matched it with the one he linked. Making dinner currently. I’ll go out and install after and provide feedback and the stock number etc.
     
  13. Eno Deb

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    This looks interesting, but I guess there must be a reason why Tesla used a stronger spring?
     
  14. hcdavis3

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    Thanks v8 you’re awesome. Enjoy dinner.
     
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    hcdavis3 HCD3

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  17. Tron 3

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    I took the spring out, clamped the hook on one end in a vice and heated the spring with a propane torch (just enough that water would sizzle, but hot enough that it would burn you instantly if you touched it), and then quenched it with a wet towel. Effectively "Drawing a temper" on the metal, softening it slightly so the spring stretches a little easier.

    "Tempering" is when after hardening the carbon steel it is reheated to draw off a degree of the hardening. Now the spring is the original dimension but slightly softer. I reinstalled it with my fingers, where it took pliers to get it off. I can now push the hood latched a noticeably easier, and with one hand - not getting close to bending the sheet aluminum. ;)

    I feel better having a stronger spring than the lighter gauge one he replaced the original with.
     
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  18. KenC

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    It's a screen door replacement spring. You can pick up a replacement at HD, or other DIY center. Like hcd, I've ordered one at my local HD, for pickup after mom's brunch tomorrow.

    Perfect timing, as I just put PPF on my hood, so I'll be using my frunk a lot more now. The smelly lacrosse equipment is going to go in there, gloves, cleats, socks...
     
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  19. KenC

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    Just installed the screendoor replacement spring that I got at HD. It's the best hack ever. Now, the frunk opens and it doesn't sound like an explosion, and it closes so easily, no more fear of bending anything.
     
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  20. MoHazee4

    MoHazee4 M3 LRD

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    It really annoys me every time I use the frunk....on my brand new car....I have to be super careful about closing something designed to be opened & closed.
     

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