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Tesla model s rotational noise.. help

Discussion in 'Model S' started by S3some, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. S3some

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    I've had my 2014 p85 for a few months and it only has 27k miles. I started to hear a weird rotation thumping or flapping noise coming from the front tires. It actually sounds like it's both front tires. It's like if you heated up the tires and they were sticky sound but very loud. Any ideas
     
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    Please help
     
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    Guessing here,
    The factory tires have acoustic foam inside, guessing that some of that foam has come loose and that’s the sound you’re hearing.

    Take it to a tire shop and have them dismount the tire from the rim.

    Also have you checked to make sure the tires are properly inflated?
     
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  5. S3some

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    I haven't checked the tires.. does the 2014 model s tell you if psi is low?
     
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    I’m not sure if it will give you a direct psi readout. The Gen 2 TPMS gives the individual tire pressures. Not sure when the switchover to Gen 2 was made.

    Best bet is to get a hand gauge and check.
     
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    You need to do an inspection: check the air pressures, inspect the tires for something lodged in the tread, a rock or piece of metal; turn the wheel full left and look at the tread, move the car a few feet and look again, repeat.
    Look in the wheel wells and under the car. Maybe a plastic bag or piece of cardboard and it wrapped around the inside of the wheel or trapped in the caliper. I know you don't have half shafts in the front though so it couldn't be wrapped around that.
     
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    Does it go away when you drive fast like over 60mph? some has suggested that its loose tire foam, if it is then the centrifugal forces at higher speeds will stop it moving around.

    Noises are very hard to diagnose unless you can describe it in minute detail, there are literally hundreds of things in a car that can make odd noises.

    UPDATE: sorry missed your video, however I can't use sound when I'm at work in the office!
     
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    Yes the sound starts to go away at higher speeds.
     
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    Can you jack the car up and alternately manually rotate each wheel to check for the noise?
     
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    I'm going to try this weekend
     
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    Let us know what this was for curiosity sake.
     
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    Giant nail and it so happen to be at the bottom of the tire everytime i got out and checked the tire.
     
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    Did you plug the tire ok? that must have been one huge nail
     
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    Industrial size nail lol yeah americas tire does it for free. They have to cut foam and use tar to stick it back on
     
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