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Tesla Won't service Model 3 with body Kit on

Lunaticsunny

Member
Mar 25, 2020
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2
Hong Kong
Hello

Recently my 2020 Model 3P had the upper control arm noise, so I brought it to service. When I got there the service center refuses to service my car since I have added a body kit with side skirts. They told me because the side skirts are too low and cannot jack up my car ( my car is running on stock suspension and same size wheels and tires with the revozport strasse body kit ), so I had to bring it to another body shop to remove my side skirt and then bring it back to the service center for the technician to replace my upper control arm. Now my side skirts are removed but with glue marks 🤮that sucks!!!

Does anyone experience a similar situation that Tesla refuses to service your car with body kit?

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Lunaticsunny

Member
Mar 25, 2020
6
2
Hong Kong
I can’t blame the service center for that … they do look very low. The arms on their lift likely wouldn’t make it under there; and even if it did, the odds of them damaging the skirt doing so are high, in which case you would’ve been very unhappy.

Sounds like asking you to remove them was the prudent thing.
Yes, their technician was very helpful and did explaining the risk of damaging the skirts on their lifts. I do understand in a way service centers technician have their work protocol to follow, but I just feel that if other workshops are able to jack up my car without problem, how come they are unable to do it.
 

jmaddr

Active Member
Mar 29, 2019
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Florida
Plenty of stuff out there that will take of glue marks. I use "Goo gone" but there are plenty of competing products and even home remedies. It takes ALOT of elbow grease.
 

Sam1

Active Member
Sep 11, 2019
1,301
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NV
first thing you need to do is soften it up with a heat gun (on low) or a hair blow dryer. Then use a plastic tool to remove the bulk of it, or use fishing line between your hands and sort of use that to cut behind it like you do with debadging a car, or peel it off with your fingers (if possible). After the bulk of it is gone, use goo gone like @jmaddr suggested. But don't start using goo gone until the bulk of the material is removed.
 

oreobbq

Member
Jan 8, 2021
263
332
Houston
Hello

Recently my 2020 Model 3P had the upper control arm noise, so I brought it to service. When I got there the service center refuses to service my car since I have added a body kit with side skirts. They told me because the side skirts are too low and cannot jack up my car ( my car is running on stock suspension and same size wheels and tires with the revozport strasse body kit ), so I had to bring it to another body shop to remove my side skirt and then bring it back to the service center for the technician to replace my upper control arm. Now my side skirts are removed but with glue marks 🤮that sucks!!!

Does anyone experience a similar situation that Tesla refuses to service your car with body kit?

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They did you a favor by having you take those ugly things off. I mean really they should've crunched those things into oblivion as punishment for the crocodile tears you're spilling over here. 😀
 
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Dolemite

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Sep 19, 2019
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Be EXTREMELY careful using ANY adhesive remover when combining it with mechanical force - ie intense rubbing, for example. Will take a while but you will thank me later. I usually use automotive goo gone because it’s way less aggressive, but much safer.
 

stopcrazypp

Well-Known Member
Dec 8, 2007
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Hello

Recently my 2020 Model 3P had the upper control arm noise, so I brought it to service. When I got there the service center refuses to service my car since I have added a body kit with side skirts. They told me because the side skirts are too low and cannot jack up my car ( my car is running on stock suspension and same size wheels and tires with the revozport strasse body kit ), so I had to bring it to another body shop to remove my side skirt and then bring it back to the service center for the technician to replace my upper control arm. Now my side skirts are removed but with glue marks 🤮that sucks!!!

Does anyone experience a similar situation that Tesla refuses to service your car with body kit?
When I had my car in, they had me sign a waiver for my PPF for some work on the doors, but I guess they didn't bother to ask you to sign a waiver in your case, since it sounds like they were 100% certain they would damage your skirts if they tried lifting it.
 

sunfarm

2021M3LR, Blue, 19", FSD
Jun 21, 2021
166
115
Canada
I don't understand why did you install those side skirts? Wheels on you car -top notch I want too;)!!, but skirts for me ugly. ( this is my personal opinion).
 

Sam1

Active Member
Sep 11, 2019
1,301
1,260
NV

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