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Vandalised Battery Pack

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by katbc, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. katbc

    katbc New Member

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    Has anyone heard of battery packs being vandalised? It's not unusual for us to see multiple sentry events when getting back to the car, however sometimes there are so many (and it would take hours to sit through them, although now with the latest update you can see the red dot of what triggered the recording) and what we tend to do is walk around the car and look for damage, if there is none then we don't bother checking all the sentry events and we delete them.
    However.. we sadly now realise we've never thought to look at the underside of the car.

    We just lifted the car up to rotate the wheels, and to our horror found huge damage to the battery pack and the black plastic panel that lines the outside edge of the battery pack.
    Our first thought was that we ran over something, but the amount of damage suggests we definitely would have felt it. Also and more telling, there are no scrape marks, like if you went over something and had to reverse off it, or continue over it, there was nothing like that. The marks are on both sides, near the back wheels, and they are also the same distance in from the lateral edges of the car, like someone jacked it up but didn't use the proper jack adapter (the little hockey puck looking thing), and just jacked in right on the battery!
    So maybe someone tried to take the wheels? But no damage there.. you'd think you'd see the little caps pulled off or broken right?
    Has anyone heard of people jacking the car on the battery pack to vandalise the battery? I don't mean to sound cynical, but we can't figure it out, nor can our friends. It's going to get looked at soon so they might have seen something similar before and recognise it?
    We are stumped, and pretty devastated. Even though we have insurance, it's just hard to see that amount of damage (and on an 8 month on car!).
    We are also trying to recover the deleted sentry events but it's not looking promising.
     
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  2. wtwieder

    wtwieder Member

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    Have you had wheels changed on your car? Damage to the battery pack can happen when the car gets lifted improperly.
     
  3. katbc

    katbc New Member

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    Only by us when we changed from winter tires, and we used the correct technique. The damage wasn't there then, so we know it happened between then and now (it hasn't been in a shop or anything).
     
  4. MP3Mike

    MP3Mike Well-Known Member

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    Do you have any pictures of the damage?
     
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  5. zhu-

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    Are you seeing damage near the jack points? There's been multiple posts here of mangled jack points from possibly improper transport from the factory.
     
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  6. KenC

    KenC Active Member

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    Pics, please, and are you absolutely sure it wasn't delivered that way?

    Seems like a lot of effort for petty vandalism.
     

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