Trifecta for the win! Upper Control Arm/Lower Lateral Link/Lower Comp Link plus associated hardware replaced on both sides to the tune of $1000 at 64500 miles, June 2019 M3LR.
For the past several months ECTO-1 has had some barely audible squeaks going over speed bumps, nothing related to turning. I didn’t think much of it after reviewing several YouTube videos developing the opinion that it wasn’t serious, and the upper control arm (right side) would need replacing once the noise became continuous. Of course I am well last 50K miles, so why rush to fix.
Fast forward to three weeks ago with no squeaks. Had to make an emergent trip to Chicago (from the Baltimore area) for a family emergency. For 750 miles over two days ECTO-1 was flawless. We hammered down 580 miles the first day, with the final 170 miles the next with no noises coming from anywhere, much less the front end. The third day in Chicago a squeak developed on the right front side during initial turns. By the end of the day, it was continuous and included whenever I hit uneven pavement. This was at 63500 miles. It was like a light switch….
From the hotel room a quick review of more YouTube videos confirmed similar sounds isolated the upper control arm as the faulty part. Several of those Youtube “experts” claimed there would be no additional damage if we continued to drive on it like that. After all, the grease was just displaced or gone from a bad seal or design, right?
My better half and I thought we could hear it coming from the left front as well. So, here we are in Chicago for another week. The mobile app to the rescue to schedule service! Nothing in the Chicago area was available for the remainder of the trip, so I made the appointment at Owings Mills Service Center for my return with a goal to replace both sides (precautionary). Our Tesla was no longer silent, that was the weirdest part. It received strange looks as we drove around Chicago. The bill was going to be about $200 for the two upper control arms and hardware. Break to the appointment today (8/19): 1000 miles later after the squeak fest began (750 of that was driving home from Chicago). Once they got the car on the rack, all three components listed above needed to be replaced on the front right. I had them do the left front as well. The bill jumped to over $800 in parts alone, labor wasn’t bad at $200.
Super happy with the end result of the repair (take note the upper control arm is now on REV J, my old parts were REV B. Obviously back to being quiet, but also has a better feel in turns now, almost more responsive (or tighter?). Checked settings in preferences and was all the same. Maybe the additional parts replaced developed slop/play in them as well due to poor design. Props to Owings Mills for the service. I know they get beat up a lot in the Maryland Tesla forums, but they did me right today, on time with no surprises. There was no loss in efficiency when the parts failed from what I can tell.
ECTO-1 (Low Budget BETA Tester) will be back making videos in no time! Hopefully 10.69 is better than what we have now (10.12.2).