Air Suspension noise on starting car after a couple of hours of sitting.

Air Suspension noise on starting car after a couple of hours of sitting.

Recently I have noticed that when I get into the car after it sits a couple of hours, the air suspension seems to be filling up. The first time it happened I didn't pay too much attention, but it seems to be happening with some regularity. I called ownership and was told that the most recent software upgrade lowers the car when parked and then raises it on start-up. Or at least that's what he thought because he had fielded several calls on this topic. I would have been happy with the response, but he followed it with, "If you think something is wrong, have the service center look at it." My thinking is that if it's supposed to do this, then there's nothing wrong and the service center doesn't need to be involved. Anyone else notice this?

Carefree | May 22, 2013

I hardly ever hear the air suspension adding air into the pressure tank with the Model S. Our VW Touareg TDi with air suspension on the other hand does this almost constantly when I start up the car.

Captain_Zap | May 22, 2013

The suspension did occasionally lower itself on few of the first early Signature deliveries. But my understanding was that they later made a change via firmware update because some cars settled onto curbs.

It sounds like OE should be alterted if the cars are lowering themselves on their own.

d_kaufman | May 22, 2013

It does mean that if you are parked near a high curb, and raised the car so as not to scrape the door getting out, you may scrape the door getting back in.

J.T. | May 22, 2013

I wouldn't be surprised if these glitches continue that Tesla Model S becomes the official car of Westworld . . . where nothing can go wrong ...go wrong ... go wrong

info | May 22, 2013

It just happened again this morning.

kcf2 | May 22, 2013

What software version does your Model S have running?

info | May 22, 2013

Kevin, 4.4

kcf2 | May 22, 2013

My Model S (P09179) has the same software version, but does not have the issue with lowering on its own while parked. I'd recommend having Tesla Service check it out. I've had the car for almost 4 weeks, 1,200 miles, and I love this car.

stephen.kamichik | May 22, 2013

P8186. Same software version-no problem. Awesome car.

c.bussert67 | May 23, 2013

My car sags after sitting for a few days. It's an 'old' siggy. I had no real problem with it, but maybe it should be addressed. Eh, when it comes up on it's yearly check up maybe they'll fix it. I still have the pano creak. I guess with the cars I'm used to driving, these are nothing compared to their problems... like that huge thing in the front that makes all sorts of noise and vibrations when I turn this here key...and the smell!

info | May 23, 2013

I'm not sure that I notice the car being lowered or rising upon entrance in the morning, but I do hear the sound. I'm thinking that maybe one of the bellows in the suspension has a slight leak. Of course, I don't even know if there are bellows. But, if no one else has the problem, the Service Center will find it (I hope)

Brian H | May 23, 2013

Gremlins with fat, puffy cheeks?

Captain_Zap | May 23, 2013

Just be certain that Tesla knows about the problem so that they can prevent future occurrences and/or verify that things are operating properly. Describe the situation to OE so that they can log the issue and direct you to the right place if necessary.

They want all the data points that they can get. They can take a look at your car's logs and it might help them nail down the cause so that they can immunize future cars.