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Clicking/popping sound when turning

Clicking/popping sound when turning

It is tough to describe (clicking/popping is the best I can do), but I've started hearing some noises when my Model S turns fairly sharply. I took it into service and they couldn't find anything, so I was wondering if anyone else has heard this?

It is fairly faint, but definitely noticeable.

jat | May 23, 2013

When I had something similar on a previous car, it was the upper ball joint being worn. I would be surprised if it were worn so quickly, but that might be a good place to check more closely.

Liz G | May 23, 2013

You'll need to take it into service. Mine did the same thing and I believe they had to make some adjustments in the front end. I think it was the rack and pinion they had to adjust but could be wrong.

Eletrek | May 23, 2013

Same as Liz G except that Service Center fixed pro-actively on mine when I took it in for tire rotation. Mine wasn't that noticeable but service tech heard it on test drive after rotation and they fixed it.

rloehler | May 23, 2013

I have noticed this as well. It's a soft clicking sound that occurs especially when I am backing up with the brake pedal depressed and turn the steering wheel sharply. It hasn't bothered me enough to take the car in yet. I'll probably have them take a look at it the next time the car goes in for another problem.

Scwins | May 23, 2013

Do you have 21" tires? It could be the wheels slightly hitting the inside of the wheel well. Mine does this, but it's not faint at all for me. It's very loud and noticeable.

Just a thought

KevinR.co.us | May 23, 2013

This started for me after about 5k. Service center looked at it & listened. I will be bringing it in to the service center after I return from vacation for diagnostics. Mine is both front end & steering wheel on sharp turns.

AMR | May 23, 2013

Service knows about this. Mine is in right now for something else and they told me they would make the adjustment to take care of the click sound. Didn't sound like a big deal.

sid.banerjee | October 12, 2015

I'm having this same problems when turning left or hard in my 2015 model. Anyone else having this issue recently? This is an older post, from 2013. Just curious.

Ddowns2050 | October 12, 2015

I had this problem. Had the service center check it. They said it was an easy fix. Something about the length of bolts that were being used. They changed them and that fixed the problem.

bak_phy | October 12, 2015

Lately I've heard a clicking noise when taking the foot off the accelerator. It's only audible when the passenger window is open. Maybe it's been there all the time and I just didn't notice it before. Anyone else have this? I realize this is different than what the OP was talking about but it does fall in under clicking sound.

AmpedRealtor | October 12, 2015

@ bak_phy,

I think what you're hearing is drive unit "clunk". Have service check it out.

Rocky_H | October 16, 2015

@sid.banerjee, My March 2014 Model S was having that steering clunk sound. I just had it in at a service center a few weeks ago, and they easily found and fixed the problem.

eddolanski | October 16, 2015

Had mine fixed a few months ago as well. Service center said it was an easy modificaiton to the steering linkage. Sounded like a service bulletin was issued.