Submitted by rloehler on February 15, 2013
I've had my Model S 60 kWH for about 10 days now and have driven it about 500 miles. Friday evening, after driving home, I noticed an unusual strong odor eminating from the driver's side rear wheel well. The odor was strong enough to notice from a few feet away. It smelled sort of like the air that comes out of an inflated tire inner tube. I checked the wheel well for debris and any obvious mechanical or visible issues and found none. I checked the tire pressure in that tire and it was normal at 45 PSI. The car charged normally. I talked with Tesla through their hotline and their telemetry showed no issues. They suggested I take it in for inspection and promised to have a service advisor contact me soon. I drove the car after talking to them for a 13 mile loop and the car drove flawlessly. The air suspension and the brakes appear to be functioning normally when tested. After the test drive, I continue to detect that odor from the left rear wheel well.
Has anyone else experienced this?