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Tesla Charging Me For Front Aero Shield?

holmie

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Jun 1, 2021
6
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Los Angeles
A few days ago, I was driving and noticed a constant dragging sound and when I pulled over I saw there was a piece sticking out from under the car between the front two wheels. Long story short, I saw alot of posts on the forum about the front aero shield being made from fabric and being susceptible of ripping especially for the 2018 models.

Some people were able to get a free replacement and some were not. So what is the reason for this?

The mobile service team came the other day and inspected it and said I must have driven over something etc etc.. which is expected since they dont want to pay for replacement.. They said that the part connecting the shield with the bumper is also damaged so they need to replace both parts.

I'll attach the estimate I received below. Please advise...




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Perscitus

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Jan 29, 2019
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Why not grab the molded plastic front aero off the Y (its a direct PnP) for $10-15 from the SC Parts department and either a. have them instalp it b. install on your own or in any shop that can life your car.

The part number for the Model Y is on the Tesla parts site... and had been shared on/off here a few times since early 2020.
 

holmie

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Jun 1, 2021
6
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Los Angeles
thank you for the replies. I am considering getting it done outside of SC a long as it doesnt void warranty or anything.

and here is a pic that the Service Tech took.

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holmie

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Jun 1, 2021
6
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Los Angeles
They claim, that the part sticking down on the left of the pic (the plastic piece) is indicating that I ran over something.

They want to have that entire piece replaced along with the aeroshield. He said that the plastic piece hold the aeroshield in place and both must be replaced.

To me it seems exaggerated to replace the whole bottom plastic piece. The damaged part is barely as big as a quarter and doesnt seem to be significant in holding the fabric in place.

If it helps, I can take more pictures and show you guys. I appreciate the help!
 
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Perscitus

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Jan 29, 2019
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There is this by MPP MPP Model Y/3 "Smash Me" Front Skid Plate | Mountain Pass Performance
and then there is the MiC front and rear black stamped equivalent resold by RPM but also available via eBay Motors, AliBaba and AliExpress directly from the source... and significantly less expensive.

Cheapest option is still the Model Y vaccum formed plastic equivalent for the front. Cant go wrong at just $10-15.
And for those who didnt tear their v1-v# front composite material/fabric shield, you can even sandwich the two together (Model 3+Y).
 

holmie

Member
Jun 1, 2021
6
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Los Angeles
the MPP one says its sold out so I went ahead and got it replaced with tesla. the total came out to about $220 including installation.

If i got just the part then it would have been $185.
 

Perscitus

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Jan 29, 2019
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New York
Why are people still not buying the Model Y formed plastic replacement for the front aero? It fits, its OTC from your friendly professional local SC parts department, sets one back $15 and can even be sandwiched with the stock fabric one if that one isn't yet damaged.

We wrote about it - on and off here - since 2019 (and Sandy Munro shows it in his tear down videos of the Y).
 

pa1ntbru5h

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Nov 7, 2019
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Southern California
I wish I had seen this thread earlier. I just paid my SC ~$220 for a new "aero shield" because mine came loose and tore a chunk off during a road trip. The next time it comes off I'll be getting the MPP one.
 

M109Rider

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Apr 8, 2018
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I’ve had my 2018 model 3 for close to 3 years now. Never had a problem with mine. I’ve never run over anything yet though. Yet..
Your thread title implies, you shouldn’t be charged for a new piece. I assume that’s your implication, or you wouldn’t have added, “Tesla charging me”.

I really don’t understand this logic these days. Why so some folks feel Tesla should pay for you running over something.
Even if the piece is not strong, it is what you bought. Every car has weak points. I think if you ran over something, who’s to say even a stronger one wouldn’t be damaged. Would you ask the after market company to replace it as well?

You’ve hit something, it damaged it, and needs replacing. Why would Tesla be on for that, as your title kind of implies. ?
 
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Jejunjm

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Mar 26, 2021
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Tucson az
Why are people still not buying the Model Y formed plastic replacement for the front aero? It fits, its OTC from your friendly professional local SC parts department, sets one back $15 and can even be sandwiched with the stock fabric one if that one isn't yet damaged.

We wrote about it - on and off here - since 2019 (and Sandy Munro shows it in his tear down videos of the Y).
Can you link or give me part number? I believe that's what I need...

And or the rpm AliExpress equivalent. I can't find it...

Thanks!
 

Sketch44

Member
Jul 14, 2021
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Denver
I have a front shield that I’d happily sell. Tore my rear one and the aftermarket kit I bought came with both so now I have an extra front.
 

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