More Unexpected Noises - 2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Tesla Model X: More Unexpected Noises

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on October 3, 2016

2016 Tesla Model X

Another day, another funny noise coming from our 2016 Tesla Model X. I signed the car out soon after Mark caught the steering column making a sound like the Shoe who gets Dipped in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I didn't know about the noise before I took it home, so when I heard something funny I notified keymaster Mike Schmidt. He informed me of Mark's observations, but this was something different.

And in less than 24 hours, I noticed two more distinct sounds emanating from our electrified SUV.

The first was a metallic grinding sound, which didn't exactly instill a sense of confidence. However, it was intermittent and seemed to occur only during light throttle applications. When I got home, I noticed the shroud in the front left wheel well was not as secure as the rest. I moved it around to secure it a little better.

The next morning, I drove to a nearby coffee shop and heard another noise in addition to the grinding. I can't explain why, but my first instinct was to turn off the climate control. Both noises stopped! I called Schmidt to share my discovery. The list of issues to be addressed at the Tesla's next service visit continues to grow.

Later in the day, the driver window squealed loudly while it powered down. Add one more item to the fix-it sheet.

Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

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