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Please help me identify the ticking fan noise in this video I took.

Dj B

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Nov 15, 2016
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Nevada
It doesn't seem that loud in the video because of how close I am. It's coming from the front and only occurs when the AC is running or the car is charging. This is NOT the usual humming that occurs during charging. Have had my X for 1.5 years and noise started yesterday.

Thanks for any input!

 

DCGOO

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Nov 24, 2015
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A leaf or a stick stuck in a fan maybe? If you can’t find anything, try running through the car wash once. If still there, make a SC appt for “strange noise”
 

Dj B

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Nov 15, 2016
109
23
Nevada
A leaf or a stick stuck in a fan maybe? If you can’t find anything, try running through the car wash once. If still there, make a SC appt for “strange noise”
Do you know where the fans are located in the front? Are they accessible to reach and grab any debris out of or are then encased?

Thanks
 

Dj B

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Nov 15, 2016
109
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Nevada
After some quick trial and error I figured out it's definitely the battery cooling fan that's making the noise as it comes and goes while the AC vent fans are running on high continuously. Oddly, as soon as I turn off the AC/Climate the sound immediately stops. I assume the battery cooling "fans" are not accessible and there isn't a way for debris to enter the fan?
 

Jayrod

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May 6, 2018
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After some quick trial and error I figured out it's definitely the battery cooling fan that's making the noise as it comes and goes while the AC vent fans are running on high continuously. Oddly, as soon as I turn off the AC/Climate the sound immediately stops. I assume the battery cooling "fans" are not accessible and there isn't a way for debris to enter the fan?

Sounds like trip to the SC and it may be a quick fix and look for them. Especially if something is stuck in there.
 

Travler

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May 9, 2018
10
8
North Carolina
I'm having the same problem. The noise disappears as soon as I turn the AC off. It also seemed to be correlated with stop and go driving (parking lot, traffic jam, etc.).

A trip to the SC was wasted because they didn't hear the noise and didn't find anything. Hopefully you'll have better luck.
 

beths11

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Apr 30, 2013
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Molalla, OR
It doesn't seem that loud in the video because of how close I am. It's coming from the front and only occurs when the AC is running or the car is charging. This is NOT the usual humming that occurs during charging. Have had my X for 1.5 years and noise started yesterday.

Thanks for any input!

Same issue... Dec. 2016 car, noise just started, A/C only
 

Dj B

Member
Nov 15, 2016
109
23
Nevada
Just an update, my AC went out today and no longer works. My local Tesla service centers phone number is disconnected so haven't been able to talk to anyone.

I'll update you all when I know more
 

Travler

Member
May 9, 2018
10
8
North Carolina
The guys at the local SC suggest that we log the days & times when we hear the noise (mine is very intermittent) to enable them to download the car's logs to help debug the problem.
 

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