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Monday, November 16, 2020

Tesla Model S sway bar link replacement and suspension system walkthrough, common failures explained

I had a loud knocking/rattling in my front suspension which I traced to sway bar links. One joint failed, other side was going to fail SOON-- both uppers, due to corrosion and failing boots. Was an easy DIY for under $100. 

Friday, October 30, 2020

My Tesla Charger Failed After 5 Years

RED LIGHT OF DEATH!
Fortunately this was a rather easy out-of-warranty "repair"-- but it still cost me $300+!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Unplugged Speaker Caused "Treble" For Years

I'm a bit sheepish to admit this-- well, more amazed really... 
When my panoramic roof was replaced in 2017 (and about 35,000 miles ago) it seems my "tweeter" speaker on the passenger side was never plugged back in... and it took years for me to notice.

Friday, September 18, 2020

First Accident - Part 5: Three Shades of Grey

Our Tesla had been sodomized by a Honda minivan, found to be dissolving deep under the bumper and delayed because of wrong parts sent from the factory while we swigged gas in The Gangster... But finally the call came: she was ready.  It was time to get our Serena back.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Tank Slapping Tesla Veers Back Into Retail.... For Now

Yeah, I know... the title is a head-scratcher to many of you. A tank slapper is defined by motorcyclists as a type of control problem wherein the bike shakes violently back and forth, also known as a "death wobble." It can happen to cars too, where bad driving (or impacts) result in a sudden or violent oscillation of the fuel load. Typically drivers will repeatedly over-correct the skid in these situations until the sloshing subsides or they completely lose control.

It seems an appropriate metaphor for the recent developments at Tesla, ironically, as the company seems unable to just pick a direction and stick to it.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tesla Disrupts Retail by Closing Their Own Stores

There it is, ladies and gentlemen. The long-awaited Tesla Store, snuggled in a nest of affluence at Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh's northern suburbs has unceremoniously closed. If Elon is to be believed, that gate won't open for customers until a new company name adorns the header.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First Accident - Part 4: Eaten Alive

The first major modification we had done to our Tesla-- and one of the first reviews I did for Teslarati-- was the installation of our Torklift EcoHitch. It was a huge opportunity to get functionality we wanted but I was very nervous about the installation process and, three years later, I’ve discovered my concerns were justified.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

First Accident - Part 3: Living with The Gangster

We arrived home from our big road trip and immediately the car shuffling began.  The Hunger Games’ motto “may the odds be ever in your favor” kept rattling through my brain as I scrambled to keep two cars on the road at all times.  Then came The Gangster.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

First Accident - Part 2: Sourcing Parts

For years we’ve heard about the long road to recovery many Tesla owners face for even the slightest damage.  Waiting for the insurance companies to work their magic after "crash weekend" was going to be the first step to that process and I was eager to hear my phone ringing.