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Rusting of the rear lift gate attachment points

Discussion in 'Model S' started by eddiemoy, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. eddiemoy

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    I just noticed today how rusted mine are. The attachment point to the rear lift gate are rusted so bad they are about to break off...

    Anyone else have this problem, my P85+ is about 2.5 years old...
     
  2. Electricfan

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    Can you post a picture please?
     
  3. eddiemoy

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    What did the service center say?
     
  5. eddiemoy

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    i just noticed it today. will point it out to them next time when i go to swap out my snow tires for performance tires.

    just wondering if anyone else has this issue.
     
  6. tinanbran

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    I work in the marine tade, the struts you are looking at are fine. The clip that's rusting will take years more before there is a problem. That is the retainer ring that keeps the clamp on the ball and it's thick cold Steel. We have seen many of these spending years in salt water every day and will look way worse and still hold fine. If you don't like them you can pop the whole think off and go to any boat store and get the whole strut out of stainless or chrome. They cost about 30-50$.
     
  7. James Anders

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    Almost looks like Galvanic corrosion due to dissimilar metals (i.e. steel, aluminum).
     
  8. GaryREM

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    #8 GaryREM, Mar 6, 2016
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    Good grief. Mine is a little over 2 years and look like new.

    Do you live near the ocean? That looks awful.

    Here's mine, just dirt, no corrosion.

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  9. eddiemoy

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    no, i live in the central jersey. no where near any sea water. i found it really weird that it is rusted that bad... will definitely bring it up to the service team.
     
  10. Hodginator

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    The SC will take care of this without question.
     
  11. eddiemoy

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    i have no doubt tesla will take care of any issues. their service is the best! was just curious if it is isolated or is it some common problem, since i didn't notice it until today.
     
  12. Hodginator

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    Mine were replaced due to rust but they were not as bad as yours.
     
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    I live in Jersey too and the road departments seem to spread salt at the hint of a snow dusting. Looks like you might have some accumulations of salt. Make sure you wash and wipe down under the hood and rear hatch frequently in winter.

     
  14. GaryREM

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    Oh no! I added a photo of my lift gate attachment points and that salty looking coating is from a trip I recently made to New Jersey! Better get out there and wash it down :)
     
  15. Dborn

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    That does look a bit like galvanic corrosion.
     
  16. Electricfan

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    This is mine. Car was manufactured May 2015. Never seen snow.

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  17. islandbayy

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    Will report, my 2013 was clean before trading it in 2 weeks ago. I'm in the Wisconsin Salt Belt. Seems strange. Powered Lift Gate? Maybe loose connection, and it's got some electrolysis going on????? (Just a Guess)
     
  18. kevincgreene

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    Mine looked pretty much the same when I bought it CPO, its a 2013. I think it was a Michigan car, I'm in Chicago, so definitely gets some snow and salt. Noticed it the night I brought it home. Sent the service center the attached photo and they had me bring it in that week and replaced it all so that it looks brand new. I would assume that its going to rust again though since these connections are outside of the rubber seal inside the rear lift gate.

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  19. 7kdblas

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    Mine looked as bad as eddiemoy's and kevincgreene's @ 3 years. SC replaced both rear lift struts as soon as I pointed it out.
     
  20. NewCow

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    This thread just called attention to mine, which also appear very rusted. Interestingly, the CPO that I just took delivery from came from the NJ service center, and I believe the car's previous owner lived very close to there. Seems a few other people mentioned Jersey or that area. I'll have my service center take a look next time I'm in.
     

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