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Rims chipping off

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by ModelSFL, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. ModelSFL

    ModelSFL Member

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    I am noticing on a few of the rims they are actually chipping off. I am not sure how this is occurring as there is no other damage around the rim.

    1. Anyone have ideas what would be causing this?
    2. How can I repair this?

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  2. taldric

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    I would think that would qualify as a defect. Not sure how you can have that localized damage with no other damage.
     
  3. Jsduda

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    Noticed the same on one of mine recently. Didn't hit a curb, just chipping off on its own. Will have service center look the next time I get tires rotated. Anyone talk to them about this yet and get any feedback?
     
  4. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I can see a rock being shot from the tire of an vehicle traveling in the opposite direction doing this, but it's got to be really rare. I had this happen once a long time ago and it smashed the driver's door window (rental car fortunately). I don't see how it could happen in two places as shown in the pictures.
     
  5. ModelSFL

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    Same here, isolated chipping. I will also send the photos to my local SC to see what they say.
     
  6. Jeeps17

    Jeeps17 Cath Jockey in a P85

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    Cannot see the pictures, but I also noticed paint lifting / chipping on my 2013 19' rims.

    My SC told me it is normal damage from road debris (they are winter rims) and contactless car washes.
     
  7. ModelSFL

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    Do you have a picture of your damage?
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I haven't seen any chipping on mine in three years. Those of you that have it, could it be a winter salt problem?
     
  9. ModelSFL

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    I live in FL :)
     
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    Maybe the chemistry of your environment is facilitating a breakdown. There are some fasteners at hardware stores not rated for under a certain distance from the ocean, and I've lived most my life under that distance from the ocean. But that's true for lots of people who have Teslas. I suspect a combination of factors.
     
  11. Lintrix

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    Can you re-up the pics? I'm having issues loading them.
     
  12. ModelSFL

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  13. ModelSFL

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    I do live near the beach. Could be a factor
     
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    Same issue on my 11 month old 19's. I have my annual service appointment in a month and will ask them about it then.
     
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    I have 8 19" wheels - 4 with all seasons and 4 with winter tires. When I last swapped them in the fall, I noticed that most of them (~6 of 8) show the same issue - chunks of missing paint without any other signs of damage.

    Sorry to hear that I'm not alone.
     
  16. Skipdd

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    Hmm, I have same problem on one wheel. I chalked it up to a rock hitting it. i am curious to see how this unfolds. I have had rocks fly up and hit previous cars - never damaged a rim before, but (xxing my fingers) have had several hit and damage windshields. We will see..
     
  17. ModelSFL

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    As an update, I showed the SC and they said it cost $150 to repair each rim. This type of rim (or any rim damage?) is not covered by warranty. I just noticed that a 3rd rim is chipping off as well. Strange..
     
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    Any updates on this? Just noticed today on our front driver side wheel.. and it's only one month old with ~2000miles..
     
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    IMG_0841.JPG IMG_0840.JPG Here's a picture of my front left rim
     
  20. Fresh Start Detail

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    That definitely looks like a chip caused by an impact from a rock or some other road debris. Not much you can do to avoid this kind of road hazard. :mad:
     

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