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Bubbles in main display - poll

Bubbles in main display - poll

Last month shortly before my vacation, I noticed small bubbles had formed on the right side of my main display. Upon returning from two-week vacation a few days ago, I noticed more bubbles had formed on the left side of the display. I read online that the bubbles appear when a gel inside the display leaks out, and this tends to happen more with older cars and high temperatures. While I've read that this doesn't affect functionality, the gel can get messy if it leaks onto your stuff. (I haven't seen any yet.) I have a 2013 P85 with just under 40,000 miles that spends most of its days in a garage. I sometimes have Cabin Overheat Protection turned on, but on this recent trip, there were no available outlets in the parking garage so I had to shut down everything I could (including mobile access) in order to conserve energy. (I left the car with 46% SOC.) If high temperatures are indeed a contributing factor to bubble formation, I'm sure keeping my car outdoors (but covered) during the recent heat wave here (Philadelphia suburbs) didn't help. I contacted the Service Center, and the parts are on order. I'm waiting (but not looking forward to) getting the estimate on the work.

I'm wondering who else has encountered this issue. If this has happened to you, please reply with the following.

1) Year/model; mileage
2) When you first noticed the bubbles
3) Where you live
4) Have you had it repaired? If so, how much did it cost, or were you still under warranty?
5) Do you leave Cabin Overheat Protection turned on?

Here are my answers.

1) 2013 Model S P85 with 39,369 miles
2) June 2018
3) Philadelphia suburbs
4) Not yet; awaiting estimate
5) Sometimes, but my car spends most of its time garaged (i.e. out of the sun)

diegoPasadena | July 7, 2018

1) 2013 Model S 60 - don't remember the miles at the time. Maybe 70k
2) October 2017
3) SoCal
4) Exchanged display under extended warranty
5) Never

Silver2K | July 7, 2018

I just found some

https://youtu.be/s7IYR_rELyE

bp | July 8, 2018

Early Model S cars had issues with the touchscreen membrane adhesive, causing bubbles on the display, requiring a replacement - this affected 2012 and some 2013 models.

Tesla hit another batch of bad touchscreen adhesive for some 2016 and 2017 models, this time causing a yellow band around the outside of the display, also requiring a replacement.

In both cases, this didn't appear to affect the operations of the touchscreen, only impact viewability.

The replacements should be under warranty though with a 2012/2013 model, Tesla may not repair those under warranty unless the car is under the extended warranty plan.

DaveR75 | July 8, 2018

1) 2013 Model S : ~51,000 miles
2) ~ 10/2015
3) SoCal
4) Repaired..was right after my 50,000 mile warranty expired and I hadn't activated the extended yet. We ended up splitting it 50/50..Think I ended up paying $1500.
5) Don't think we had this in 2015..?

The gel that leaked out was a nightmare..super sticky and hard to clean up. Got all over my center consul and things I stored there before I realized where it was coming from.

ssarker | July 8, 2018

1) 2013 60 kWh Model S, current mileage 94,4xx
2) Sometime late 2016, >50k miles
3) Chicagoland
4) Replaced for $200 deductible with ESA when my chargeport had to be replaced urgently! June 2017, 73k miles at the time.
5) Not sure. Probably. The pano roof is left open to 100% most of the summer. I park outdoors at work, in the sun half the day, in a garage at home. The cabin has been rained on a few times, including a 2 hour drenching a few weeks ago. Never a drop on the pano somehow.

njelectric | July 9, 2018

2013 p85
Year 3.5 First saw bubbles. Started leaking out on stuff so I had the screen replaced just before the warranty expired at year four.
Car lives in NJ and is outside on weekdays.
Never use cabin overheat protection.

qtwedding14 | July 12, 2018

1) Year/model: 2014 Model S 85, current mileage 64xxx
2) When you first noticed the bubbles: 1st quarter of 2018
3) Where you live: San Diego
4) Have you had it repaired? If so, how much did it cost, or were you still under warranty? Fixed it under warranty ($0)
5) Do you leave Cabin Overheat Protection turned on? I think so, but I park in the garage at home.

medinax5 | August 23, 2018

1) Year/model; 2013 Model S85, mileage 54,800
2) When you first noticed the bubbles - June 2018
3) Where you live - Orange Co. CA
4) Have you had it repaired? Yes - If so, how much did it cost? - $2200
5) Do you leave Cabin Overheat Protection turned on? Always garage parked and sun shade in windshield whenever in the sun.

Silver2K | August 23, 2018

Medinax, mcu2 or original version?

The Real Elon Musk | September 6, 2018

1) Year/model; 2013 Model S85, mileage 14,000
2) When you first noticed the bubbles - May 2018
3) Where you live - Chicago, IL
4) Have you had it repaired? No, working with SC now to determine if this can be covered under good will due to very low mileage.
5) Do you leave Cabin Overheat Protection turned on? Always + Garage parked at work and home.

mrjedistud | September 11, 2018

1) Year/model; mileage
2013 P85 55,000 miles
2) When you first noticed the bubbles
Summer of 2017. Not sure if this is part of the reason, but had been in the mountains (high altitude/low air pressure) right before it happened
3) Where you live
NY
4) Have you had it repaired? If so, how much did it cost, or were you still under warranty?
Still under CPO warranty, but was told that it would have cost about $3,000.
5) Do you leave Cabin Overheat Protection turned on?
No.

BTW, they were able to upgrade the 3G cell to LTE at the same time as the MCU replacement.

Captain_Zap | September 11, 2018

Nov 2012

No bubbles.

NKYTA | September 11, 2018

Dec 2012, no bubbles or yellow lines on first or second MCU.
Second replaced for other reason 1+ years ago, but I really need to check my notes to be sure.

The Real Elon Musk | September 21, 2018

Update- Finally heard back from my service center. I was advised that regardless of my low mileage my screen could not be covered under goodwill. This is disappointing yet understandable given that the car is 5 years old. To add to the disappointment I was advised that the early build cars MCU (I am VIN 8800) are constructed in a way that screen only replacement is not an option. I was quoted $2200 to replace the MCU and told the new MCU would include LTE. Not exactly what I wanted to hear but life happens.

Seattlemocha | September 21, 2018

1) Year/model; 2012 Model S85, mileage 61,800
2) When you first noticed the bubbles - Sep 2018
3) Where you live - Seattle, WA
4) Have you had it repaired? Not yet, will be repaired under warranty.
5) Do you leave Cabin Overheat Protection turned on? Garaged or parked in shade.

Darren_78 | September 21, 2018

1) 2013 Model S P85, 116, 300 miles.
2) About seven months ago.
3) Texas
4) Not repaired yet.
5) Yes, but I don't think I have had Cabin Overheat Protection long enough to make a difference. I keep my car parked in my garage most of the time while at home. When going to the store, etc. my car is parked out in the open.

john.vee | September 21, 2018

1) 2014/s60; 42,000
2) I just bought the car (CPO) 2 weeks ago and one bubble was visible
3) Florida
4) Fixed- under warranty
5) Do you leave Cabin Overheat Protection turned on? Yes.

Mog | October 22, 2018

1) 2018/S60; 48K
2) Feb 2018
3) California, Bay Area
4) Not repaired yet
5) No Overheat protection turned on. It doesn't get that hot here.

Mog | October 22, 2018

that should have been 2013/S60 doh

howardc64 | March 10, 2019

1) 2013 S85 50K
2) Not yet
3) Seattle WA
4) No repair needed yet
5) No Overheat Protection Turned On. Car only parks in garage at home or underground garage at work

indyfreelancer | March 12, 2019

1. 2014 P85, 106,000 miles
2. Noticed a small bubble about 3-4 months ago; it has grown in size but it is at the top of the display and isn't noticeable unless you are really looking for it.
3. Indianapolis
4. Not repaired yet, but SC told me it would be around $1,800 to fix it
5. No overheat protection turned on