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Weird noise from front end...

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by footbalplaya68, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. footbalplaya68

    footbalplaya68 New Member

    Oct 19, 2014
    Hello all,

    Relatively new Tesla Model S owner here and my car started doing some interesting today that were abnormal:

    1. I have the 9500ci installed in the car, and the remote for the radar detector just stopped working today out of nowhere. The detector works fine, but the mute and volume buttons no longer work. Not necessarily the Tesla's fault and I have an appointment at Al & Eds to get them to check on that.

    2. When I exit the car, it gives me a beeping sound that I haven't heard before. No notices pop up on the screen or dashboard, so I'm guessing it's nothing serious, but still weird none the less that it started happening right around the time the radar detector remote stopped working. Only happens when I exit the car, but 3 noticeable beeps as I leave.

    3. I have the smart air suspension, and starting today there has been a weird gargled fan type sound coming from the front drivers side. It sounds like it's either coming from the trunk or the suspension. It lasts for about 10 seconds after the car goes into off mode and is parked. Again, it started today along with the other 2 things, so it could just be a weird coincidence.

    Thanks for your help everyone!
  2. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

    Jun 24, 2014
    Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
    A couple of things come to mind:

    1. You have a short in the Escort system hook up. Common and easy to fix. But may be a sloppy install. Surprising from Al&Ed's. But possible. Take her back for a check up.
    2. The car does not beep from the outside at all, ever. Is that coming from the inside? Perhaps the Escort is signalling an error.
    3. The fan-type sound is most likely the battery management system (BMS) doing its thing. It maintains proper battery temperature 24/7. Even to the point of turning on the AC compressors if the battery gets too hot. Over time, you will notice that car makes all sorts of odd whirrs, buzzes, clicks, thunks. It is all part of either maintaining battery health or system testing. I have come out to my garage to hear the car mildly groaning and raising and lowering the SAS as it is testing and re-leveling. Used to freak me out. I'm used to it now.

    And just wait for your first SW update. My neighbors have called me the next morning asking what the F was going on in my garage. The lights blinks, the horn actually went off once, the car makes all sorts of oddball noises.

    I get a kick out of it.

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