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Strange clunk noise in front

Quibbs

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Jan 13, 2013
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44
Southeast US
The wife and I were driving home today when I decide to lightly play around on a country back road by doing light zig, zag movements (like going through a cone avoidance course).

We were doing around 45mph when I lightly turned the wheels left and back right. We both observed a metal clunk coming from the left front tire. I could even feel it through the steering wheel. I never noticed this happening before. I noticed nothing abnormal outside of that. Is it worth calling a SC? Thoughts?
 

jerry33

(S85-3/2/13 traded in) X LR: F2611##-3/27/20
Mar 8, 2012
19,573
21,975
Texas
Yes, contact the service centre. I'd suspect that one of the bolts on the suspension has become loose.
 

Veggen

Member
Dec 22, 2011
130
96
I have clunk from my front right.
It is most noticeable when going over a speed bump.
Suspect it may be a bad bushing or ball-joint.
I have not brought it up with Tesla yet as its not too bad but will mention it at my next visit.
 

Branzo90D

Salt and Pepper
Oct 13, 2015
154
100
NorCal
Bad bushing - probably not a big deal. But a bad ball joint should be checked immediately. If it does break, you could lose control of the steering.
 

CHG-ON

Still in love after all these miles
Jun 24, 2014
3,079
636
Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
Yes. A known issue. Just took mine in on Thursday for a safety check prior to a long holiday road trip. They said that one or two bolts become slightly loose, causing the sound, but that the car was perfectly drivable with no safety issues, and to schedule a repair at my convenience. They said that there is no rush. I hope that proves to be true!
 

Patrick W

Active Member
Mar 17, 2015
1,476
882
SLC, UT
Informative thread.

Every now and then since it's gotten snowy I hear a clunk coming from the front left when I first start to back out of the garage. Have not paid it much mind but after reading this thread I'm going to check with the local service center. Thanks for posting!
 

fancycar

Member
Jun 6, 2015
34
3
San Diego, CA
My front clunk turned out to be a broken "sway bar". Not sure what that is, but glad it's fixed! Clunk was heard with wheel turned to the stop and going over a small bump (every time I went into my driveway.)
 

Cebe

Member
Dec 13, 2014
249
80
Canada
I had the "... replaced front left stabilizer link..." on the sway bar after that kind of a clunking noise...
 

Caligula

Member
Oct 14, 2015
596
149
San Diego
Given the heft and tq output of the vehicle, none of these issues really surprise me. Ive snapped axles before launching ICE cars with less torque.
 

mobe

Member
Jun 4, 2015
306
170
Joplin, Missouri
The Model S is the only vehicle that I've heard of where suspension components come loose, or a bolt goes loose. I've never heard of this on any other car.

I had a 1979 corvette that had the rear suspension come loose TWICE. You could push on the rear quarter panels and the rear wheels would tilt from side to side. That car was the first brand new car I ever bought and it was the biggest piece of [email protected]@t that I ever owned. I got it on weekends and it spent most of the weekdays in the shop. The warranty was 12000 miles or 1 year. I sold it at 11000miles.
 

Caligula

Member
Oct 14, 2015
596
149
San Diego
I had a 1979 corvette that had the rear suspension come loose TWICE. You could push on the rear quarter panels and the rear wheels would tilt from side to side. That car was the first brand new car I ever bought and it was the biggest piece of [email protected]@t that I ever owned. I got it on weekends and it spent most of the weekdays in the shop. The warranty was 12000 miles or 1 year. I sold it at 11000miles.

LOL that's due to you owning a late 70s (or almost any of the 80s) American vehicle.
 

Cebe

Member
Dec 13, 2014
249
80
Canada
Valid point, though I don't actually know if I ran into this on my previous cars. I know I never went for a whole year without going to the service before, so it's quite possible that the "oil, lube and filter" at the dealer service included checking and tightening the suspension components. It's also possible I didn't hear it on my previous cars because of the engine noise. And, of course, it's possible Tesla is doing something wrong with the design of the Model S suspension, or how they're installing.
 

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