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Stranded at Snowbowl

Discussion in 'Mountain/Southwest' started by iridium, Dec 13, 2014.

  1. iridium

    iridium Member

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    Had a fun day today.. drove from Scottsdale to Flagstaff for some early season skiing. Upon getting back to my car in the mid afternoon I am greeted with the "12v battery" low message, and other messages saying the car needs service and is not driveable. Lovely.

    I gave Tesla a call and all things considered they have been fantastic. They arranged a taxi back to my hotel are sending a rental car up from the Scottsdale service center right now. The MS is going to be picked up from the mountain and taken back for service. In a somewhat stressful situation (especially with kids), they took care of everything.

    I'm really wondering what the root cause is. My MS is relatively early (~4000) and they already replaced the 12v preemptively.. wonder what happened here.
     
  2. rsanchez

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    Well realistically, AZ is really, really hard on batteries. Crappy time for it to go out, but not out of the norm. My experience is that the average car battery in AZ is lucky to last longer than 24 months.

    Hopefully the family had a good time regardless!
     
  3. tezco

    tezco Sig P85

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    I'm on my third. Fortunately service was able to monitor the increasing frequency of charging cycles and replace the 12V premptively each time.
     
  4. ArtInCT

    ArtInCT Always Learning

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    #4 ArtInCT, Dec 14, 2014
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    Glad Tesla got you fixed up.... very nice.
    Teslaliving.net has a great new article on his 12volt issue.
    Well worth you reading... he also has a Poll going on here at TMC and if I can find it I shall post a link...

    POLL: Have you had to have your 12V battery replaced?

    For those who have NOT had the 12 volt warning yet, you should take the poll as well.

    Cheers...
     
  5. FredTMC

    FredTMC Model S VIN #4925

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    Sorry to hear
    glad they treated you well
    let us know what happens
     
  6. iridium

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    I think folks are probably right about AZ shortening the life of lead acid batteries. I've heard that before and this is my first year in AZ, so it went through a Washington state winter, AZ summer and now winter.. probably pretty taxing. Even if they get better about monitoring, I might make replacing it an end of summer ritual.

    After I got back to my hotel I watched a video about jump starting the 12v.. so simple! For other reasons I carry a 12v deep cycle marine battery with me. I was just a set of jumper cables away from being able to solve the problem myself.

    Tesla has confirmed the car is back in Scottsdale. The truck fished it off the mountain around 10pm last night. They knew I was up skiing and were thoughtful enough to bring an SUV up, so skiing today went off without a problem.
     

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