Tesla Model 3 Making Creaking Noise: Why and How to Fix It
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Tesla Model 3 Making Creaking Noise: Why and How to Fix It?

After hearing a creaking sound coming from the front side, it is a sign of an unknown issue. If you are also in this kind of situation, keep on reading as I’ll elaborate on this in detail!

The root reasons why the Tesla Model 3 creaking noise are bad front upper arms, worn-out ball joints, washed-out rubber brushing, misaligned front suspension, and the gap in the door card.

To solve the issue, replace the front upper arms, use sealant on ball joints, insert grease on rubber brushings, adjust the front suspensions, and spray the silicon sprayer on the door card.

Keep on reading for the detail!

Tesla Model 3 Making Creaking Noise: Why and How to Fix It

4 Reasons Why Your Tesla Model 3 Is Making Creaking Noise!

Based on most people’s shared experience, I’ve found several possible reasons for a car like Model 3 to make cracking sounds. And these include:

Cause #1: Faulty Front Upper Arms

In most cases, the root reason for the Tesla Model 3 creaking when driving happens due to bad front upper arms on the left and right sides. It’s because the rusty upper arms stay in their spot and can shake and make ugly noises when you are driving.

Cause #2: Ball Joint Part Wear Out or No Grease in Rubber Brushing

In the worst case, the Tesla Model 3 creaking when accelerating can occur if the sealant in the upper control arm ball joint loses its material. This can cause a terrible creak sound in the upper control arm area.

Apart from this, the rubber brushing that meets the brake rotor can lose the grease. Because of this, the area at the top of the ball joint with a plastic cap can make a sound.

Cause #3: Loosen Up Front Suspension

Sometimes the misaligned suspension is the culprit of terrible noise coming from the M3. As the suspension part loosens up, it can cause the part to make a creaking sound.

Cause #4: Gap in the Door Card

A lot of times a bad creaking sound will come from the door if the gap in the door card seems huge. It’s because the card area will shake badly and rub against the door’s paintwork which causes the car to make a terrible sound from the door side.

Fix the Creaking Sound in Model 3!

With the causes given above, it will be easier for you to do the troubleshooting. Here are a few fixes based on the causes:

Solution #1: Change the Front Upper Control Arms

To fix the cracking sound coming due to the upper control arms, begin by powering off your car (go to Controls > Safety > Power Off).

After that, put the car into Jack mode (go to Suspension > select Jack) and get out of the car. Then, put the jacks below the car and lift it up.

Next, remove the wheel after detaching the log nuts using the log nut wrench. Then, take out the two 15mm bolts in the back which are easily locatable. For that, you might need to tap from the rear side and remove the bolt using the wrench from the head side.

Now, open the frunk and detach the battery and cargo storage cover after detaching the bolts. Afterward, you’ll need to remove the 15mm bolts (on the shock carriage cover inside the frunk) that hold the upper strut.

Change the Front Upper Control Arms

Then, use a 15mm ratchet wrench to detach them and then drop the suspension assembly part. Be sure to unplug the sensors and then release the suspension.

Next, pull the carriage forward and then take out the upper control arm. Bring a new upper control arm and insert it using hand strength.

After that, reverse the process to put all the parts back in place. Do the same thing to the other sides to replace the upper control arm.

Solution #2: Use Urethane Sealant on Ball Joint

The sealant washed away from the upper ball joint on the front side can cause the creaking noise. To repair it, you’ll need some tools like jacks, an adjustable wrench, a Torx bit, a ratchet strap, grease, and urethane sealant.

Start by, jacking the car up after powering off the car. Then, remove the wheel from the car which I’ve mentioned in the first solution.

Use Urethane Sealant on Ball Joint

Locate the upper control arm bolts and rubber brushing that meets with the brake rotor. Inspect it closely and find the rust. If the upper control arm ball joint seems rusty, add some urethane sealant over it.

Get a silver rod or pin or something to inject the grease to get it inside the rubber brushing part and give it a tug.

It takes around a couple of minutes to do the process. After that, check whether the rubber tube seems soft or not. If it feels harsh, then inject the grease.

Lastly, reinstall all the parts. Be sure to do the same thing on the other side upper control arm ball joint and rubber brushing.

Solution #3: Tighten Out Front Suspensions

It’s a little time-consuming process but worth the effort to fix the rattling noise coming from the front suspension area. To begin with, jack up the car and set it to Jack mode. Next, detach the wheel covers and use a log nut wrench to remove the nuts (on the front side).

Tighten Out Front Suspensions
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Afterward, open the front trunk and detach the bolts that hold covers (both storage and battery). Then, remove the covers and locate the left and right shock carriages that hold the upper struts or suspensions.

Next, take out the 15mm bolts from the shock carriage inside the frunk and then drop the suspension assembly part.

Now, hold the rotor and remove the brake line cable. Then, detach the big bolts that hold the wheel links or arms (on the left and right sides). Next, unplug the sensors from the knuckles and check the condition of the suspensions (on both sides).

After that, align the suspensions in the right way if it seems to loosen up using your hand. Keep on doing so until the suspensions get locked. Then, do the opposite to put everything back in the right spot.

Solution #4: Use Silicon Spray on Door Card

The quickest fix for the door making noise is to use a silicon spray on the edges (aiming at rubber moldings) of the door card. To do so, just unlock the Tesla with a key card like this and open the door fully.

Use Silicon Spray on Door Card
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Next, bring the silicon spray and apply it to the door card area carefully from top to bottom. Then, clean the excess with a towel or tissue paper. After that, wait for some while until it seems okay to drive.

Wrapping Up

Before you try the fixes of the Tesla Model 3 creaking noise, make sure to listen to the sound where it’s coming from. That way you can understand which part is the culprit.

Plus, be sure to fix the locked steering wheel when in Park like this if the issue happens to your car. Always take help from the Tesla Service Center if the issue isn’t resolved. And it’s free of cost under warranty service, so take advantage!

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