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Rat gnawed brake hydraulics

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by eclectricdave, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. eclectricdave

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    Whilst leaving my Tes in the country for three weeks a rat got into the front compartment and exercised its teeth on the master cylinder and possibly a brake line. I got the Low Brake Fluid warning. I hope it enjoyed the flavour of brake fuid.
    Question- do I have to go to Tesla for repairs or can I got to a brake specialist. Does anyone know if master cylinder is unique to Tesla? . Once bitten twice shy.
     
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    Yes it is unique as it is electricly driven rather than by vacuum in an ICE car.
     
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    All Tesla cars sold in Australia with autopilot hardware (so all except the original demonstrators and first built signatures that were 'de-sigged'), use the Bosche ibooster electro-mechanical brake booster that doesn't use any vacuum. I'm not aware of any other cars that do this, but since that unit came out it 2013 it's quite possible that it's in other cars. Depending on what they ate/damaged you might be ok, but in any case they'd most likely buy a brake line from Tesla anyway. I'd give your closest Tesla service centre a call and talk to them about it - they may be able to send the parts to a local brake specialist to fit.

    Hopefully they didn't also eat any of your wiring!
     
  4. RIPPERTON

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    Might have been a Marten.
    When I was working as a motor Mechanic in Switzerland we used to replace a lot of high tension spark plug leads because they had been chewed by Marders, the Euro equivalent. If its a low pressure brake like ie a feed line you could replace it with a Tygon hose but better to get Tesla to look at it.
     

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    We dont have Martens in Aus Mr Ripperton. Thanks for the cute pic though.
     
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    Am fixing chewed master cyl reservoir with plastic repair compound. So far so good.
     
  8. doctorwho

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    I had a rat eat through a (low) power cable to an HVAC valve. Tesla may need to Australia-proof their cars better. You can do what I've now done and protect the lines by wrapping them in some stainless steel kitchen scourer pads, rats avoid them as it wears away their teeth.
     
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    Electrolysis issues potentially due to dissimilar metals?
     
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    plastic wrap under the scourer pads
     
  11. GregHudson

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    We might not have Martins Down Under, but we have a lot worse... Bunyips for example !
     
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    ... and the drop bears, I think that they are the worst
     

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