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Poll: Refresh MS steering wheel vibrations at high speed

Discussion in 'Model S' started by T3SLA90D, Mar 26, 2017.


Does/did your refresh MS have steering wheel vibration issue at high speed (65-75mph)

  1. Yes

  2. No, I drive at those speeds and don't notice any vibrations

  3. No, but I don't usually drive as those speeds

  4. I don't have a refresh MS, mine has the older bumper design

  1. T3SLA90D

    T3SLA90D Member

    Jan 5, 2017
    York, PA
    Since I got my Dec 2016 MS90D I've noticed a steering wheel vibrations around 65-75mph, it seems to be related to the air (wind) making the front bumper vibrate, which gets transmitted to the steering wheel and even the whole car. 2 visits to SC and problem persists. They placed foam behind the bumper and they balanced the wheels. The running theory seems to point to a faulty front bumper design on refreshed MS. However it's been few months since the refreshed design came and the problem has been reported (there's a thread about it) but Tesla has not taken any actions to formally acknowledge or definitively address the issue. The purpose of this poll is to try and see how widespread this problem is. Thank you in advance.
  2. Dreamship

    Dreamship Member

    Feb 4, 2017
    Dallas, TX
    I took delivery of a 90D on January 25th. I've had it up to 80 numerous times and up to 95 once. No issues. In fact, it's so smooth at those speeds, it's kind of scary.
  3. PhatCat

    PhatCat Kisco Kid

    Jun 14, 2012
    Mt Kisco, NY
    i had my S75D at Tesla Service to repair some sensor issues after a recent collision repair where the front end was hit. the front bumper assembly and hood had been replaced. I mentioned that i was getting strong vibrations in the steering wheel along with a loud humming type noise at around 65-70 and it was not speed dependent. When I called to find the status of the car in the afternoon they told everything was fixed and it was ready for pickup. I asked about the vibration and the tech said he had taken it to highway speed and felt nothing. I asked how fast and he said 62. I asked him to do it again and go to 70. He said it was likely the snow tires i had on the car but he would check it. When i picked up the car this had not been done. And, surprise, the vibration is still there.

    Having just seen this thread I will go to the garage and perform the squeeze test. Looks like another visit to SC.
  4. BerTX

    BerTX Supporting Member

    May 2, 2014
    I mostly drive above 70 in Texas. No problemo on 9/2016 build.
  5. d.c.palmer

    d.c.palmer 8 years of EV driving

    Feb 17, 2017
    Oxford, England
    70-80 mph on the motorway today - no vibrations at all in my September 2016 (Facelift) car. FWIW, my wife's Model S (June 2014 delivery, so pre-facelift) developed a vibration from the front which caused the steering wheel to vibrate at speed. We first noticed this driving at 80 mph on a French toll road. In our case, the problem was fixed by Tesla rebalancing all four wheels.
  6. ScottChes

    ScottChes Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    Kitty Hawk, NC
    I just completed a 2000 mile trip to Florida and back in my S90 delivered in March. Most of the trip was between 70 and 75 with no vibrations noted.
  7. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight No Roads

    Jan 18, 2014
    You can balance the front wheels, but they still might be bent. Or what happened to me, out of round - meaning when spun on the balancer, you could see it oscillate slightly left to right. I had to buy a new wheel. Bends you can fix, out of round, you really can't. I'd suggest taking the front wheels to an alloy wheel specialist who can ensure they are perfectly round and balanced. Even a small dent or flat spot could lead to vibrations.

    That's just my guess.
  8. tpham07

    tpham07 Active Member

    Mar 21, 2017
    Rhode Island
    the amount of "nos" so far has calmed my nerves. i was afraid this would be a widespread issue. Gonna pick up my car in the next month and the nearest service center is 400 miles away so id rather not have problems haha.

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