Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.
Register

Rattle sound in front left tire area

chrisb8s

Member
Feb 21, 2018
23
9
mesa, arizona
I only notice this when I am driving with the windows open. At the entrance to my development, there is a patch with cobblestones, it's a slight left hand turn and when I ride over it, I hear a strange light rattling sound.. it comes from the right front wheel area. I have brought it in to the service center, and they found nothing and could not replicate the sound. during an annual inspection I had them go through the suspension. The brakes are new as of about a year ago. The car has 103,000 miles on it now. Model S p85 2014 vintage. it is a rattle sound.. as if something is loose. I have had them look for it more than once, when my car is in. It was a CPO car so front end parts were already replaced 3 years ago. when they did the brakes, they didn't see anything either, . What could it be? what else would be rattling up there?
 

Zishan

Member
Jan 28, 2019
222
69
Houston, TX
If so, this seems to be somewhat common, and there is a very long thread about it. Believed to be a design flaw where something in the strut becomes loose and rattles at low speeds. Many have had their struts replaced only to have the issue return with the new design. I was unfortunately denied, so they made no effort to fix the issue, claiming it's normal.

If not, sorry, I'm not sure.
 

chrisb8s

Member
Feb 21, 2018
23
9
mesa, arizona
Does it sound like this:



No, it actually doesn't make any noise on bumpy roads.. just on something like the light cobbles/pavers, like it is shaking a rattle a kids rattle. very high pitched... it's hard to record as it only happens in certain circumstances. Not on speed bumps or bumps on a dirt road which we have plenty of here in Arizona.
 

chrisb8s

Member
Feb 21, 2018
23
9
mesa, arizona
If so, this seems to be somewhat common, and there is a very long thread about it. Believed to be a design flaw where something in the strut becomes loose and rattles at low speeds. Many have had their struts replaced only to have the issue return with the new design. I was unfortunately denied, so they made no effort to fix the issue, claiming it's normal.

If not, sorry, I'm not sure.


thank you, I am out of warranty anyway. maybe it's something up above the wheel in the fender area. I have air suspension and it seems to be working ok.
 

Zishan

Member
Jan 28, 2019
222
69
Houston, TX
I see. Mine makes noise on bumpy or even slightly uneven roads. The sound comes from the top of the strut. Might be related, but again, might not be.

Good luck. sounds annoy me!
- Zishan
 

Lovie

Member
Jun 14, 2019
14
9
Minneapolis
I had the same issue on my 2013 p85+, I replaced the front sway bar links myself. Easy job and they were only $100 bucks or so at the tesla service center.
 

jimtelsa

Member
Mar 31, 2013
402
117
Simi Valley
i just got my car back from tesla for the same issue
i had this in 3 times
This time they replaced just about every bushing
the front air struts
and still nothing
they removed the front cover and found i had a broken front frunk latch
Thank god for Warranty
best thing now is my 90000 mile car has all new bushings and struts
Good Luck with your journey
 

Doanster1

Member
Feb 14, 2018
947
490
Oregon
I had the same rattle on my P85D as well and only over cobblestone type patches. For me, the issue ended up being the wheel bearing. I was still under warranty at the time, but it’s a pretty straightforward job. They replaced both sides and car was silent again.
Since you’ve exhausted other suspension bits, this could be your fix.
 

chrisb8s

Member
Feb 21, 2018
23
9
mesa, arizona
I see. Mine makes noise on bumpy or even slightly uneven roads. The sound comes from the top of the strut. Might be related, but again, might not be.

Good luck. sounds annoy me!
- Zishan
that is what I am thinking too, something loose, like a cap or something touching something metal that bounces on vibration
 

chrisb8s

Member
Feb 21, 2018
23
9
mesa, arizona
I had the same rattle on my P85D as well and only over cobblestone type patches. For me, the issue ended up being the wheel bearing. I was still under warranty at the time, but it’s a pretty straightforward job. They replaced both sides and car was silent again.
Since you’ve exhausted other suspension bits, this could be your fix.
very interesting.. you would think that they would check that. It may be that I asked to check the suspension and mentioned the sound and they couldn't find anything wrong or out of normal for the age of the car. thanks.. I will have them check that out
 

chrisb8s

Member
Feb 21, 2018
23
9
mesa, arizona
i just got my car back from tesla for the same issue
i had this in 3 times
This time they replaced just about every bushing
the front air struts
and still nothing
they removed the front cover and found i had a broken front frunk latch
Thank god for Warranty
best thing now is my 90000 mile car has all new bushings and struts
Good Luck with your journey
wow :) checking my latch
 

Jtal

New Member
Mar 13, 2021
3
0
perrysburg, ohio
I got my new Model S in December in Ohio so did not have an opportunity to accelerate for a week or so. As soon as I did I noticed a massive grinding. Took it in to the shop (Toledo) with less than 400 miles on the vehicle and they replaced to front shafts. This did not fix the problem and in fact now I have more issues. Took the car back in a week later and escalated the complaint to the regional manager. Upon further review they confirmed that there is an issue but they do not currently have a fix, the engineering team is on it - not happy to say the least. It is now 2 months later - I am stuck with a car that grinds every time I accelerate - even on chill mode. Regional manager (Cleveland) said I am stuck with it until they have a fix, but they have no idea when that will be. I have made no less than 25 calls to the dealership (Blue Ash - Cincinnati), engineering team and everyone else I can think of to try to get the vehicle replaced. No one will return my calls. If I had a way out from this purchase I would happily take it.
 

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


SUPPORT TMC
Top