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Roof Rack bolt issues

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Hazelwood, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. Hazelwood

    Hazelwood Member

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    I am trying to install a Thule roof rack on my 3 week old model S. One of the four bolts that screws into the receiving nut (part of the roof) will only go in half way then gets tight (like it's stripped). I don't want to force it as I assume something will break. The other 3 were tightish, but went in fine. Anyone else have this happen? Any suggestions other than service appointment?
     
  2. orangem

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    Spray some WD40 and give it another try. Is a good idea to use some WD 40 to prevenet them from seizing anyways. If still doesn't work, have tesla install it. If they break it, they fix it.
     
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  3. CUBldr97

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    so what was the result?
     
  4. Dborn

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    Should you damage the thread, it can be fixed. There are people who specialize in sheared off bolt removal and stripped thread repair - they install a new thread. Used commonly in engine blocks for example. I had an issue when I drove into my garage with my bike on the roof rack, ...yeah, I know.....sheared off the bolt in the front right side. Tesla did, with difficulty remove the bolt but were concerned that they may have stripped the thread in the process - it was very tight. I think it has to do with the bolt being brass and the socket being a different metal, possibly aluminum. It was the service center that put me on to the thread repair idea.
     
  5. Hazelwood

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    Sorry forgot to update with result. Took it to Fremont service center and they rethreaded the bolt (woohoo). But....That then exposed problem two. The bolt mount was off center and wouldn't let me add the spacer which drops down over the screw. Had to setup a service appointment and they were able to fix it.
     

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