As much as people like KeefWivaneff are demonized for being a Tesla short and a Tesla critic; I think some of the much hated, suppressed, and demonized; criticism is actually improving the product, safety and the chances of the long-term survival of Tesla. Though it seems KeefWivaneff is trying to profit from the short-term failures of Tesla; KeefWivaneff and others that are pointing out the problems and shortcomings of Tesla; may actually help the long-term survival of Tesla, if Tesla takes heed rather than the status quo of retaliating and covering up.
The Tesla cult, much like Nazi-ism; isn’t tolerant of criticism, Free Press and Free-Speech!
Suspension upgrades, allegedly for ride comfort? Could this be a an attempt to soften the ride, but also to covertly to reduce the stress on weak poorly designed/manufactured suspension parts and poor quality control? Is this a somewhat misguided covert attempt to reduce suspension failures?
A quote from Elon Musk.
“Braking & UI upgrades apply to all Model 3s. Improved windshield for aero noise & suspension for ride comfort are major ops. Unless you’re really bothered by them, don’t replace. Best way to improve ride is drop tire pressure to ~39 psi. 45 psi is best range, but lower comfort.”
I’m not doubting that making the ride softer on relatively smooth roads could reduce stress and failures during conservative driving. However the downside of making the ride smoother, is that it tends to increase incidents of bottoming out the suspensions parts at the end stops, thus can cause more failures during hard-driving, fast driving and on rough roads, potholes, etc.
It’s hard to tell by the crude and limited photos that KeefWivaneff posted, however in my opinion at least one photo seems to indicate metal fatigue. One photo appears to show a possible inclusion, that could be a source of the particular failure, which might be a sign of quality control, materials and manufacturing problems.
For those of you that may not have basic education regarding “inclusions” regarding metal failures. This example doesn’t necessarily involve the type of metals or type of inclusion, in regards to Tesla. It is merely a basic engineering and materials example regarding metallurgy.
Elon Musk is suggesting lowering the air pressure on the tires to smooth the ride. This not only reduces efficiency, it can increase the risk of tire damage, tire failure, rim damage, accidents, injuries, deaths, etc.
So the proposed actions by Lord King Coprolite (Eon Musk) seems to be just a stopgap measure, rather than a true fix of what seems to be a poorly designed weak suspension system.
Also the vibration problems that many Tesla customers are experiencing, can contribute to metal fatigue that can result in component failure, injury and death.
Instead of banning, slandering, harassing, hacking, attacking, banning, censoring safety advocates, skeptics and critics; Tesla, Elon Musk and his cult of suck ups should appreciate and take heed.
Reportedly Elon Musk hung up on a government safety investigator. If true it indicates that Elon Musk is a greedy evil tyrant with an anger management problem; that doesn’t care about safety or authority. Also it shows that Tesla is disrespectful of those killed by their unsafe products and overhyped marketing.
"Elon Musk hung up on NTSB chairman during a call regarding deadly Model X crash "