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Time to replace upper-control arm ball joints

Avid

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Oct 1, 2018
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Houston, Tx.
Are the ones from MPP more reliable than the OEM version? Seems the OEM versions are a weak point.

Well, reading from the description, "Sealed spherical bearings will last the lifetime of the car".

The bearing is also on its own removable bracket, if you have to replace you don't have to remove the whole upper arm.

Yep, if I'm out of warranty, I would seriously look into those beauties. :D
 

JayNJ

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Jul 13, 2018
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New Jersey
6/18 build. Just started getting the squeak at 56,000 miles. Hopefully just one side needs replacement. I was able to get an appointment next week.
 

PNWLeccy

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Jul 11, 2019
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Seattle
I also have a 6/18 build and had my driver's side front upper control arm replaced at ~16kmi after hearing this squeak. Just ~2k mi after getting it replaced I started hearing a terrible screeching noise when turning the wheel at no or slow speeds. Took it back in and they replaced both sides now with the same H revision parts. I am hoping that doesn't mean that this H part has serious problems with quick degradation and rather they did both to just eliminate any conflating factors.

I can't believe how common and frequent this issue is. They need to do an overhaul of this design.
 

timk225

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Mar 24, 2016
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Pittsburgh
My April '18 build 3 RWD LR started getting the ball joint creak last week, after 61,000 miles of Pittsburgh roads. It went from quiet to creaking like crazy in a week!

Just my luck that this part, which seemed to have a lot of problems on early build date 3's, managed to last until 11K miles after my 50K mile warranty expired.

I wonder how much this is gonna cost me. Already have my service center appointment for this coming Thursday.
 

Avid

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Oct 1, 2018
327
192
Houston, Tx.
I have a Sept. '18 build, no issues yet, and still under warranty. If it happens under warranty I'll get Tesla to fix it, if not I think I might get the Mountain Pass Front Upper Control Arm kit. They are a little spendy, but camber adjustments and long term wear are the benefits.
 

lukex4

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Oct 30, 2013
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Montreal
Just got both upper-control arm replaced by mobile service (in less than an hour). 32500km, Model 3 LR RWD March 2019. Still under warranty. Revision H. Very satisfied of the service!
 

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TLLMRRJ

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Dec 19, 2019
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Houston
Just got both upper-control arm replaced by mobile service (in less than an hour). 32500km, Model 3 LR RWD March 2019. Still under warranty. Revision H. Very satisfied of the service!

That's faster than I would do it.

No alignment afterwards?
 

TLLMRRJ

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Dec 19, 2019
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Houston
The invoice state some alignment check but I know nothing about mechanic so not sure what it would look like... I do know the squeaking sounds are gone so at least I'm happy about that.

I would take it for a professional alignment just to be safe. Really Tesla shouldn't do suspension work with mobile service because you always should get a proper alignment after any suspension work, and the alignment should be included if it's warranty work. Otherwise you could prematurely wear out your tires and also possible reduce your range if they are out of alignment.
 

JayNJ

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Jul 13, 2018
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New Jersey
I would take it for a professional alignment just to be safe. Really Tesla shouldn't do suspension work with mobile service because you always should get a proper alignment after any suspension work, and the alignment should be included if it's warranty work. Otherwise you could prematurely wear out your tires and also possible reduce your range if they are out of alignment.
When I got mine done at a service center they showed an alignment check but no alignment done.
 

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