Blue Stick Falls Out of My New Model S

Blue Stick Falls Out of My New Model S

So after parking, I see this thing poking out of the side of my front end, on the side:

It was poking out of the bumper assembly, so I pulled it and it simply came out.

Any clue what this is? Is it something from the factory?

ramtaz | July 3, 2013

Looks like a tool used to remove/install front nose cone.

Mike_E | July 3, 2013

Going to the website and part number on your "blue stick" reveals that it's a "CRL Tapered End Windshield Stick Setting Tool"

kback | July 3, 2013

A collectors item!

lolachampcar | July 3, 2013

so you got the golden ticket... um blue stick

tes-s | July 3, 2013

Did you have to pay extra for that?

David Trushin | July 3, 2013

Crap, now I want one too. Do you think they'll retrofit it for me.

AlMc | July 3, 2013

David: Was $10 for the OP...It is $25 to retrofit and will take a week :)

Lyll | July 3, 2013

Pregnancy stick--congrats, you have a gorgeous new baby

cfOH | July 3, 2013

@admjr: I think you misspelled "$1500"

GeekEV | July 3, 2013

Zoinks! That's a bit like the surgeon leaving a clamp inside the patient, is it not? It's enough to make you wonder what else got missed/done-wrong. Probably nothing, and it's harmless enough by itself, but still.

AlMc | July 3, 2013

GeekEV: It is 'slightly' different than leaving a foreign object in living tissue. I find the thread more amusing than anything else. :)

I agree this should not happen but I am much more worried about misalignments/tire wear and cracked windshields than this small plastic tool.

Bubba2000 | July 3, 2013

I suspect that since the factory and the personnel are relatively new, they do not have the procedures in place to avoid this kind of thing, especially for non-critical components. Something like the electric motor, gearbox, etc have more stringent quality control. Nonetheless, I have been reading on these threads quality complaints... everything from door handles; doors and trunk/frunk not fitting perfectly; pano roof not fitting properly; 21" tire alignment, wear issues; poor quality 12V battery, etc.

Considering that is is Version 1.0, this is not bad. It is a well designed car that performs well. Management got their neck on the line, starting with Elon Musk. I have no doubt that they are aware of these issues and are addressing it as part of their quality control. Some of the design will have to be modified to facilitate manufacture and assembly with addition of guides, jigs, etc. That is one heavy car at 4,647 lbs empty and 5,000 loaded! I am not sure those 21" low profile wheels with those soft tires at 42 psi make sense, especially with hi torque at the start. The shear stress on the tires go to be enormous. I ordered my 85P with regular 19" tires.

They did win Consumer Reports highest score for Model S version 1.0, and I am hopeful their products will get better with time.