Preserving The Silence — DIY Fixes For Tesla Model 3 Rattling/Creaking Noises

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Published on January 21st, 2020 | by Cynthia Shahan

January 21st, 2020 by  

Sometimes we don’t realize what noise pollution is until we are far from it. Even noises we don’t pay attention to can be disturbing quality of life more than we realize. Some Tesla Model 3 owners have had issues with rattling and creaking noises. A couple of owners have some DIY solutions to share.

The owner in the following video makes use of an app to test his work. The app can also be used to locate the rattle itself more directly — as a diagnostic aid.

Before you watch the video below to eliminate any lingering rattles, watch the video in this earlier CleanTechnica post. As 100% electric car drivers, we drop our shoulders in relief while finding the silence inside electric cars. That means, though, that even a bit of a small rattle needs to be done away with to preserve the silence. A couple of Tesla Model 3 owners dug in and found out how to fix some common rattle and creaking noises.

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“After 3 trips to the service center for a litany of rattling noises in the cabin while driving, I finally took matters into my own hands and solved the rattling mystery for myself once and for all. Short, sweet, and to the point with no fluff.” —blaggosphere on YouTube

This first video addresses 4 rattles:

1.The passenger side front wheel well and fender liner joint.

Some rattles originate on the outside of the car. This one relates to the wheel well.

2. The passenger door speaker.

Tesla photo Zach Shahan

Rattling on your Tesla Model 3 coming from the door speaker area? Have no fear — blaggosphere has a quick and easy solution. Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica

3. The passenger side tweeter.

4. The driver side footwell area’s AC vent.

This DIYer uses foam strips to fix the rattles. The specific product — Foam Seal Tape 1/4″ W X 1/8″ T, High Density Adhesive Foam Weather Strip Seal for Window and Door, 50 Ft Length (3 Rolls of 16.5 Ft Each) — can be easily ordered on Amazon.

The owner also uses an app — Tone Generator: Audio Sound Hz — to check the success of his DIY fixes for the small rattles. It can also be used to find exactly where a rattle is in your car.

For a more complicated rattle fix, check out the seatbelt adjuster rattle fix in the video below.

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LivingTesla lists his preferred tools and repair aids complete with easy ordering:

Felt Tape — J.V. Converting FELT-06/BLK0755 JVCC FELT-06 Polyester Felt Tape: 3/4″ x 15 ft, Black 

Scissors — Milwaukee Electric Tool 48-22-4040 Jobsite, Offset Scissors

Torx Drivers — Jetech 9pc Star Key Wrench Set

I don’t live in a state that requires front license plates. However, if you do, here is one more solution thanks to clever LivingTesla: SnapPlate Removable Model 3 Front License Plate Mount.

One thing is sure, I find the action-oriented care of both Tesla owners is inspiring. Don’t let the small things go!

Featured image: Silence is even better in pedestrian-friendly car-free cities. Photo by Cynthia Shahan | CleanTechnica


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About the Author

Cynthia Shahan started writing by doing research as a social cultural and sometimes medical anthropology thinker. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education. Eventually becoming an organic farmer, licensed AP, and mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)