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Service Car Soon Power Switch

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by Jdcorbitt3, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. Jdcorbitt3

    Jdcorbitt3 Member

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    Yesterday, we got an error message, "Service Car Soon." I called Tesla and they said it was my power switch and i might have reduced power. They said it needs to be serviced sooner than later. When I initially plugged it in, I got a red ring at the charge port and on the HPWC. I unplugged the car and reset the HPWC. It then charged normally. After doing a lot of reading on the forum, I decided to go for a quick test drive. It delivered full power to the motor. (240 KW). I suspect it has something to do with the AC charging side of the switch control, therefore, I plan on taking it to the WPB service center as they have the parts.

    This car has the original A pack. I guessing they are now able to service A packs locally.

    This is the second warning I have had, but the first one that Tesla said they don't recommend driving as it could fail anytime. (The first was "Replace 12V Battery" last month."

    I am now thinking I need to keep an ICE in the pool until local mechanics can work on EVs.

    John
     
  2. DarkMatter

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    Sounds like you're having a contactor problem. They should be able to fix it. It will likely be intermittent until it fails completely.

    I don't plan to keep an ICE around. The holding cost is so much higher than the cost of getting a rental when needed, and Enterprise will deliver to my door. YMMV but do the math before you just go out and get another car.
     
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  3. Jdcorbitt3

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    We have not driven the S in the past 24 hours. It has been doing a lot of clicking just sitting in the garage, unplugged with the FOB in the house. Something is going on.

    I still have an ICE i was planning on replacing it with an S or the 3. I may just delay replacing it.

    John
     
  4. apacheguy

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    AFAIK the newer contactors are not prone to failure like the originals. You should be good to go once you have the repair.
     
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  5. Jdcorbitt3

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    I have heard from a little birds, Tesla is pushing out those Service notifications. It looks like they are wanting to replace a lot of them, but they don't want everyone coming in at the same time. It is a shame the notification didn't get pushed out three weeks ago when I had the car in for a 48 month service.

    John
     
  6. Electric700

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    What's your model year? Since you have an A pack, it looks like yours was built prior to 2014. Tesla has improved the Model S, including the battery, significantly since then in order to prevent issues like this. I would schedule an appointment with the service center. You can also e-mail [email protected].
     
  7. Jdcorbitt3

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    My car is an early 2013 vin 9555 60KW. I drove it to West Palm tonight. It will be in the service center tomorrow at 08:30.

    John
     
  8. Electric700

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    Ah, so you would likely need the updated contactors. I hope it goes well for you.
     
  9. jayman

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    Got the same message. Called the service center and they said it was a power switch. Apparently they ordered them and will call me when available. Sounds to me like they ordered a bunch so they could replace a bunch. I have a 2013 85s, vin 13000 something
     
  10. Jdcorbitt3

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    I got my wife's car back yesterday. It took them two full days. They didn't call me before they closed on Wednesday so I got an extra day in a P85D. I think that was intentional, as I really want a P85D for myself now.

    I saw the battery out of the car with the back of the battery opened. I didn't even ask to go out there as they had the bay around the car roped off since the were working on the high D.C. Voltage area.

    John

    P.s. When I handed the car over to them, it had 8% left. They were real happy about that.
     
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    That's great news that you got it back! They probably took some extra time to check and test everything.
     
  12. LilWanFu

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    I really enjoy reading all of these posts as I am expecting to take possession of a 2013 CPO MS sometime in December. There are all sorts of things that I can ask about during the pickup.
     
  13. jayman

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    My car has over 50k miles. Will replacing this part be covered under warranty? Is this just a way for Tesla to avoid a recall and negative pub?
     
  14. apacheguy

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    HV contactors are covered under the 8 year unlimited warranty.
     

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