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Model 3 LR Front Axle Clicking - Warranty

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Apr 27, 2018
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Toronto
3 LR w/ 18" Wheels (still on stock Aeros, 1 winter with separate rims/Nokians)
VIN 29xxx (April or May 2018 Build)
Odometer: 41500kms

Issue started as rear wheel click (~38000kms) - that was looked at and still clicks but front right wheel clicks when going over bumps/drive ways.

Time in SC: Steering column replaced (10 business days).

Result: all clicking noise front and back gone for now.

Cost: $0 - warranty (Tesla Mississauga has yet to email me the invoice I signed).

Post repair issue: Noticed while AP engaged, steering wheel is a few degrees to the right to go straight. Took AP off and manual straightened steering wheel > Car drifts left into passing lane on highway. Called SC and they said the car will recalibrate after a few hundred kms of AP/Driving. Been told to monitor for the recalibration; if not done automatically, reschedule for inspection by SC staff.
 

ilyak

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Mar 16, 2019
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Walpole, NH
Interesting, I had the same issue at under 10000 km and it was addressed with the "Correction: Halfshaft - Front Drive Unit - Lubricate at Hub". Hasn't come another 10000 km later.
 
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XLR82XS

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Jul 26, 2019
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SWFL | Vegas
My 2020 had front axle clicking when accelerating from a stop gentle or aggressive. Mobile tech advised of this being an issue and tightened front axles and said they were very loose. Warranty @ ~3000 miles.
 

XLR82XS

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Jul 26, 2019
3,138
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SWFL | Vegas
Interesting, I had the same issue at under 10000 km and it was addressed with the "Correction: Halfshaft - Front Drive Unit - Lubricate at Hub". Hasn't come another 10000 km later.
I had my 20 into a SC and they performed the "lubricate" procedure for front axle clicking. Noise returned after 2 days and is going in again to be addressed. This will be the 3rd time.
 

XLR82XS

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Jul 26, 2019
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SWFL | Vegas
UPDATE: SC verified clicking noise. Stated it's coming from left front axle due to excessive play. Axle shaft replaced. Hopefully this solves the issue - time will tell.
 
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DrSmile

Member
Nov 7, 2018
226
138
Northern NJ
Front axle click, sounds like a torque wrench, clicked especially when making turns or going over bumps. Tesla Service tightened and lubricated all the hubs, no improvement. After the fourth try they replaced the half shaft, no improvement. They then replaced the front hub... problem fixed. I'm posting this for the future when M3 is out of warranty...
 

ericem

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Feb 26, 2019
52
28
Canada
Hmm I have a front click mainly if I turn the wheel in just the right spot. I think it's the brakes sort of going to go over a bunch of things in over 87k km.

No more warranty and have not done anything on this car other than tires and service brakes myself
 

mattnis

Member
Apr 2, 2020
64
53
Chicago
3 LR w/ 18" Wheels (still on stock Aeros, 1 winter with separate rims/Nokians)
VIN 29xxx (April or May 2018 Build)
Odometer: 41500kms

Issue started as rear wheel click (~38000kms) - that was looked at and still clicks but front right wheel clicks when going over bumps/drive ways.

Time in SC: Steering column replaced (10 business days).

Result: all clicking noise front and back gone for now.

Cost: $0 - warranty (Tesla Mississauga has yet to email me the invoice I signed).

Post repair issue: Noticed while AP engaged, steering wheel is a few degrees to the right to go straight. Took AP off and manual straightened steering wheel > Car drifts left into passing lane on highway. Called SC and they said the car will recalibrate after a few hundred kms of AP/Driving. Been told to monitor for the recalibration; if not done automatically, reschedule for inspection by SC staff.
Recalibrate the alignment? Wow. They really don’t know anything. Every time I ever talked to any service person at Tesla, I get a feeling that they just hire anyone from T-Mobile.
 

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