Some drivers of the Tesla Model Y have made an interesting discovery: The electric car manufacturer has apparently improvised with angle strips from the hardware store.
“Apparently someone drove quickly to the hardware store to keep the figures for the second quarter,” writes the user “Brown1428” in the forum of the “Tesla Motors Club” and posts a photo of something that appears to be a cooling unit held in place by plastic straps and synthetic wood.
The user writes that the cooling unit is under the trunk lid of the vehicle – not an easily accessible place – he was in the process of fixing another problem when he found the straps. Several users checked his information and made the same discovery in their Teslas.
According to the online magazine “The Drive”, the part is the liquid-cooled condenser of the car, which is not only responsible for ensuring that the battery does not overheat, but also for cooling the drive train and the air conditioning system. The website also revealed several Youtube videos showing a more coherent, less improvised cover that holds the part in place. Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.
It is not clear whether the materials will affect the operation of the cars. However, the American automobile magazine “Car and Driver” also questioned the build quality of the Model Y in its test.
“I wouldn’t recommend doing it just to look for it,” said the user. That didn’t stop others from looking for their own examples and following them up.
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This article was published by NewsABC.net in September 2020. It has now been reviewed and updated.