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Undercoating ... Coming from ICE....

Discussion in 'Model X' started by B8BB8B, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. B8BB8B

    B8BB8B Member

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    SO living in Alberta and coming from an ICE vehicle, undercoating is usually a best practice when purchasing a new vehicle.

    I have never been under one of these vehicles so I have no clue how the rust, wear and tear can happen underneath.

    First off, has anyone ever put undercoat on their Tesla and second, would it be a good idea to ween off rust ( if the underside rusts or not )

    Let me know!
     
  2. TexasEV

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    Undercoating is still a thing? I thought it was just a dealer scam to add profit to the sale, and they stopped doing that scam years ago as they have better ones now.
     
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  3. Dazureus

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    Aren't the Model S and X all aluminum? Also isn't the bottom plate titanium? Not sure we have to worry about rust at all.
     
  4. kort677

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    I second that, it was a dealer scam
     
  5. vandacca

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    The bottom of the Model X (and S for that matter) is a solid sheet of metal (steel, aluminum, some titanium, with a plastic coating I believe). There are no nooks and crannies for water, salt and grime to sneak in and hang out while oxidation/corrosion occurs. So, undercoating is not necessary. Another advantage of an EV.
     
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  6. ccutrer

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    #6 ccutrer, Jun 9, 2016
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    Of a Tesla. Not all EVs are so streamlined. When I open the hood of my coworker's LEAF it'd be hard to convince me there really isn't an ICE in there somewhere!
     
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  7. GottaGetRidOfICE

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    I dunno. When I brought my X into SC complaining that the accelerator pedal creaked when moved and needed some lubrication (or so I thought), SC reported that debris had accumulated next to the titanium plate and was causing the creaking. I don't know, but they removed the debris and the noise went away. So, some nooks and crannies must exist. Undercoating is still a scam, just sayin'
     
  8. kort677

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    while there could be places where debris could accumulate the metals used are not prone to corrosion and do not need any extra coatings for protection from the elements.
     

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