The pic is deceiving. I think it looks like alot cause its just spread all over. If it was enough nobody would be having noise issues, aside from the possible water intrusion causing problems.
I bought 2 arms used with less than 5k miles and bought another new set from Tesla parts at the SC. Yes, I had to wait for them.
Its just a spiral clip, I used a small hook tool to grab the end and spiral it off. Goes back on the same way. Kind of like installing piston rings if you've ever done those.
Technically these are non-serviceable joints that I am attempting to make serviceable by adding a zerk fitting.
IMO, just filling the boot and moving the ball around will help, but does it really get grease all the way to the top and around the ball? Maybe.
These joints are tight, it takes 2 people to get the grease by the ball. One person to move the ball around while the second person is pumping the grease gun. Also the reason I use flush zerts. You have to push down on the zerk to install the grease. These are going into plastic. If you just clamp on a grease gun to the other style zerks and start pumping you'll blow the zerk right out.
That’s why I’m curious to see what the inside looks like of a joint that’s squeaking.
Nice thanks for the info! If the squeak comes back I’ll remove the clip, clean (if needed) and re-grease. And if that doesn’t work I’ll just change the arms myself since you also answered my question whether Tesla parts at SC will sell the control arms lol.