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Model S Nose Cone Mod by accident

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by roblab, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. roblab

    roblab Active Member

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    Well, Happy New Year to me... for about one day.

    Saturday, parked in front of a restaurant in St. Helena, on the main drag thru town (Hwy 29). Inside eating breakfast with friends. Came out to find that a truck, trying to veer into an empty parking space in front of me, pulled too close. Scrubbed front tire, hooked front wheel well, and pulled the front end off my car.

    Saturday, no one is at work. Took 5 hours to get everything taken care of. St Helena has Carl's Body Shop, with a newly acquired Tesla body man. We'll see how this plays out. Otherwise, I have to tow it 50 miles away or more to get it fixed.

    Tesla Nose Job.jpg
     
  2. DFibRL8R

    DFibRL8R Member

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    Ouch!
    Any hood or fender damage?
    My gray S went into the shop today for 4k worth of front bumper cover/nose cone damage after someone backed into me at a light (thankyou dash cam!). I'm trying to figure out how to make the nosecone into wall art to honor 67K miles of faithful service.
     
  3. MichaelS

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    Oh no Rob! How awful! You got the person responsible, right?
     
  4. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Every damn time...I feel just a little nauseous... At least the nose cone is in good shape! :tongue:
     
  5. SabrToothSqrl

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    it's currently part way through transformers mode.

    what's the red thing?
     
  6. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Good question, it's right where the jumper stub is on my car, so maybe that's the new and improved version of that?
     
  7. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight Fluxing

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    Looks like the positive battery jumper terminal.
     
  8. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    Yes, that's the cap on the +12V jump post that we don't have. :)
     
  9. Electricfan

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    Sorry to see that picture!

    Yes the red thing is the cap on the positive terminal. I just recently worked up the nerve to take my nosecone off - wanting to see the battery terminals in case I need them. And also since I had it off I mounted the front license plate with magnets (which I've had sitting around for a year after buying them when I saw a post on the forum). My battery was reading 14V !

    Hoping for painless, quick and quality repair of your S.
     
  10. taurusking

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    @roblab::: Sorry to see this and you go through.....I have been in your shoes and in my case that person who hit my car did not leave a note.

    Hope your car is fixed soon.
     
  11. AudubonB

    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

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    Oh, Rob. So sorry for you and Millie.

    Jenny and I are trying to look at this in a positive light. And other than that red cap, we're not seeing any. We hope you can get it and yourselves back on the road shortly, and that this represents the bottom of 2016 for you.
     
  12. fwgmills

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    Its a good thing Tesla is leading the way in automated driving and parking because they apparently don't teach those skills anymore. Geez....
     
  13. Gizmotoy

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    In case you're worried, that's normal for a 12V Lead-Acid car (or in this case, motorcycle) battery. It actually takes about 24h after charging and sitting idle for those batteries to settle at 12V (usually 12.7V). Given our 12V is under constant daily loading/charging, it seems likely to me you'd never actually see a 12V reading from it.
     
  14. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    Yup... 12V car systems were designed to operate at around 14V or so. I just replaced the voltage regulator in my '65 GTO and at 1200 RPM, you'll see about 14.2V or so. Spec was 13.5V < x < 16.0V in 1965 with engine running at anything more than idle. :)
     
  15. roblab

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    Just having a bunch of (e-)friends commiserate makes it a lot better.

    The positives, well, you're right. Just the one connector. Car will always and hereafter have been wrecked in my mind. Major Bummer. But the guy is a St Helena businessman and many people saw him do his deed. He promptly got out (sounds like his ex wife and daughter were who he was picking up) and left phone no, and insurance info. When I called him, he was at the police station filling out his report.

    The truly bad part is having to drive a car that you must actually put a key into a hole, and turn it. Then it makes noises, stinks, vibrates, but has no power to actually do anything exciting. And it has a "transmission" with four or five speeds, and constantly keeps "shifting" to go up hill, but when it goes down hill, there is NO REGEN!! When you want to stop, you have to actually turn it off, and put the "key" in your pocket. I told the repair shop that I really, really want this fixed ASAP.

    I knew you wouldn't believe all this, but I had to tell someone. (Yes, I know you have diesel pickups. But imagine someone who doesn't!)
     
  16. PeterK

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    Sorry to see this happen to you, Rob. Unfortunately I'd guess your left headlight module's mounting clips are snapped - an $1800 part right there. I wish I'd salvaged mine when I had an accident two years ago - but I did keep the nosecone with a hole through it made by the hitch of the pickup I rear ended.

    If it's any consolation they fixed my car up good as new - perhaps better because they improved the frunk hood.
     
  17. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Oh Rob. Just makes me sick to see this. I'm so sorry you're dealing with this hassle. :(
     
  18. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    So sorry, Rob; this is rotten luck indeed. Very sad to see this. Hope it'll be as good as new soon.
     
  19. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

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    Man that sucks. At least the person who did it was a standup guy.
     
  20. DougH

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    And at least it wasn't Rob's fault.
     

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