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Poll: Refresh MS steering wheel vibrations at high speed

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


  • Total voters
    41

T3SLA90D

Member
Jan 5, 2017
200
99
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.
 

Dreamship

Member
Feb 4, 2017
12
15
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.
 

PhatCat

Kisco Kid
Jun 14, 2012
438
620
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.
 

d.c.palmer

8 years of EV driving
Feb 17, 2017
158
150
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.
 

HankLloydRight

No Roads
Supporting Member
Jan 18, 2014
13,127
11,418
Connecticut
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.
 

tpham07

Active Member
Mar 21, 2017
1,965
2,396
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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