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Model S Recall - Power Steering


FSD Beta (99)
Mar 7, 2016
SF Bay Area
The automaker said 123,000 Model S vehicles built before April 2016 were affected. No injuries or crashes have been reported in connection with the problem. Before today, its largest Model S recall was when 90,000 of the vehicles were affected in 2015 by a faulty seat belt. And last year, it recalled 53,000 Model S and Model Xs over a parking brake fault.

I was affected by the parking brake recall, and it looks like I should be affected by this one. But I haven't seen anything from Tesla yet, and Recalls Look-up by VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) isn't showing anything.


Oct 8, 2017


Well-Known Member
Nov 27, 2012
Northern California
I got the email. 2015 P90D vin 114030, 2014 S85 vin 41xxx




In order to ensure your safety, Tesla will proactively retrofit a power steering component in all Model S vehicles built before April 2016. (No other Tesla vehicles are affected.) There have been no injuries or accidents due to this component, despite accumulating more than a billion miles of driving.
To be clear, this recall does not apply to any Model X or Model 3 vehicles, only to Model S vehicles built before April 2016.
We have observed excessive corrosion in the power steering bolts, though only in very cold climates, particularly those that frequently use calcium or magnesium road salts, rather than sodium chloride (table salt). Nonetheless, Tesla plans to replace all early Model S power steering bolts in all climates worldwide to account for the possibility that the vehicle may later be used in a highly corrosive environment.
If the bolts fail, the driver is still able to steer the car, but increased force is required due to loss or reduction of power assist. This primarily makes the car harder to drive at low speeds and for parallel parking, but does not materially affect control at high speed, where only small steering wheel force is needed.
Our records show that you own a Model S affected by this voluntary recall. At this time there is no immediate action you need to take and you may continue to drive your Model S. Tesla will contact you to schedule an appointment when parts are available in your region. The retrofit will typically take around an hour.
Thank you for being a Tesla customer, and we apologize for this inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at (877) 798‑3752 or by email at [email protected].
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Active Member
Oct 13, 2012
Kansas, USA
Sounds like it may only be the bolts that need to be replaced? Our car is not part of this, but at least its a voluntary recall and cars can still be driven in the meantime.

If the bolts are replaced before they fail, yes, it's just a matter of replacing the bolts. If the bolts have failed, it's let dirt, grime, sand into the power steering mechanism and the rack needs to be replaced. As I remember, that other "Power Steering falling apart" thread has pictures from people that have had the bolts fail.
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Supporting Member
Jan 26, 2016
Palmdale, CA
We got the notice for both our S’s, the 2015 and my totaled 2013 (which is still listed on my account because Tesla won’t remove it until I get the paperwork from the DMV)

We had a power steering fail on the 2015 last year, so I am guessing this is just catching up with a long standing problem.

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