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Model S Axle issues

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Sir Guacamolaf, Jun 9, 2017.

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  1. Sir Guacamolaf

    Sir Guacamolaf The good kind of fat

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    A lot of information online leads me to believe that Axle's and wheels snapping off is a persistent problem with Model S. I am not very mechanically inclined. Could anyone ideally with pictures post some guidance on how I could myself check the health of my car's wheels/axles?

    Specifically things like, axle breaking off, ball joint problems. etc! TIA!
     
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    This is a non-issue, perpetuated by a crazy Australian. The car is designed to absorb forces rather than transmit them into the bodies of its passengers. The process involves deformation, and if the axles deform and fail as part of saving us from injury, that's a good thing.
     
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    #3 Az_Rael, Jun 9, 2017
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    I think the issues posted online are far from systemic, but it is always good practice to inspect your cars mechanically on a regular basis for safety.

    I periodically inspect my tires and while I do that, I look at my suspension components and check for corrosion, torn rubber covers on the ball joint, etc. You can see the control arms and the ball joint from between the top of the tire and the wheel well. A mirror and flashlight might be helpful. If you live in a road salt area, make sure you clean your undercarriage periodically. If a rubber cover gets torn due to road debris etc, the joint will eventually fail, so repair those when you find them.

    Mine look clean and the rubber cover over the ball joint is in good condition with 50k miles.

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    Also pay attention to unusual noises when you drive that sound like they come from the wheel areas. My driver side rear suspension was making some creaking noises going slow over sharp bumps, so I reported it to the SC and they tightened some bolts in the joint, so the sound is gone now. Don't ignore the little stuff like that. A wheel bearing failing can be a subtle noise at speed, yet its something that needs to be addressed for safety.

    All cars can have suspension/wheel issues, so it is good practice to pay attention no matter what you own. I have had wheel bearings go out on an Acura as well as an axle replacement on my Volt. All those were found by the small noises they were making when driving and then taking the cars in for inspections.
     
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    that being said there is in fact an issue that might come up with washers or bolts in the front axel areas getting loose. needing to be retorqued or replaced. so far only for the fron axle, not wampy wheels and rear axls.
     
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  5. John Green

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    I haven't seen even one report of broken axle confirmed by the owner.
    Seems like all this FUD is coming from one short in Australia.
    Can we start a petition to get Tesla legal department to take action?
    He must be breaking the law by filing all of those false complaints and harming Teslas reputation.
     
  6. Sir Guacamolaf

    Sir Guacamolaf The good kind of fat

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    @John Green - single post and saying the sun isn't hot? There are 100's of confirmed such stories. No I don't want to turn this into a bitch about Tesla party. But saying that there isn't a single report is a bit "ludicrous".

    Why do I have the feeling that I just fed a troll.
     
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    I remember seeing some photos of cars that appeared to have a lot of corrosion of suspension parts. Perhaps they were early versions that didn't have proper coatings or something.
    The parts in your picture seem to be in very good condition.
    Have you seen any issues of suspension part corrosion, or has Tesla gotten that issue under control?
     
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    I haven't, and I own a 2013, but I live in California. So not a useful data point.
     
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    There is a crazy Australian who has reported hundreds of axle failures with pictures of accident cars from junkyards.
    Yes, you are feeding this troll.
     
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    It is interesting that Model S wheels appear snapped off or caved in a lot of the accident photos. Coincidence?
     
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    Probably has something to do with running into rocks, guardrails, other cars, etc. Probably best not to do that.
     
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    I've noticed it a lot more with Model S crash photos, however. I'm talking about crashes involving two vehicles. The Model S wheel is almost always snapped off or caved-in, but not the other car. Just anecdotal, of course.
     
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    Sir Guacamolaf The good kind of fat

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    @North75 - what prompted me to write this, is a 2016 Model S friend ran over a train track (the usual embedded in the road, nothing special) and broke his axle. So the new ones have the same issues apparently.
     
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    These pictures have definitely been Photoshopped.
     
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    This is literally the first time I've even heard of this so-calld "issue"
     
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    Sir Guacamolaf The good kind of fat

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    LOL Yea but for context... I have over 200,000 miles across 4 of these and nothing.
     
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    Oh, no! Whompy wheels!
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    Probably fake news...
     

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