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Something rattling around inside car

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by klib, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. klib

    klib Member

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    Hi. Has anyone else had this problem? I seem to have picked up what sounds like a small piece of gravel, and every time I take a corner, it rattles all the way along the car from one side to the other. It sounds like it is somewhere behind the back seat. I've done the obvious of looking in the boot to make sure there is nothing there (and anyway, if there was, it wouldn't make the same sound, as the boot is lined with carpet, and this is the sound of a stone rattling against metal).
    The alternative I suppose is that something has broken off inside, but the car is showing no signs of any distress.
     
  2. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    Sounds are deceiving as to where they come from. Sometimes the simplest is the answer. Look in and around your console storage area.
     
  3. klib

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    It's a very long rattle. A few seconds. Roughly the time it would take for a stone to slowly roll from one side of the car to the other. There isn't enough lateral space in the console or the glovebox for that length of rattle.
     
  4. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    okay, don't waste time looking there. But that was my contribution.
     
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    5_+JqckQttqck Active Member

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    Give the internet more clues: Record the sound.
     
  6. woodisgood

    woodisgood It's walnut, beech

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    Could uninstall the rear seats if you’re wanting to look into it yourself...think there are some DIYs on that on YT. Check i1Tesla.

    IIRC, there’s metal under the seats that traverses the width of the car so could definitely imagine something rolling uninterrupted down there.

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    I think Tesla’s policy on creaks and rattles is like 5k or 10k or 12k miles (don’t remember the number offhand but it’s something significantly lower than the std warranty).
     
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  7. Tmdarkansas

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    Dirty Tesla did a video on youtube about how the panel below the car can collect dirt. I can see how a rock would perhaps get in there and roll around.

     
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  8. klib

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    Thanks a lot. I now realise there's a good chance one of the kids might have dropped something and it slid inside the seat. Perfect room there for something to rattle back and forth. Will dismantle the seat tomorrow when it's light and see if I can get to the bottom of the matter.
     
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  9. tvad

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    I would turn the car upside down and shake until the loose bit falls out.
     
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  10. Rothgarr

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    I had a similar sound, ever time I would go around a corner it sounded like it was going from one side of the car to the other. I was convinced it was something loose below the floor pan (maybe in the battery area?)

    Turned out it was a loose pebble going from side to side on my rear seat 3D MAXpider all-season weather mats...

    A few days later I heard a similar sound -- was another loose pebble, but this time rolling around the front passenger mat.
     

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