Håvard Siegel Haukeberg

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Rust or Corrosion on Tesla Model X, rock impact of course!

Every single time I bring my car in for rust or corrosion damage Tesla finds a way to claim rock impact. This borders on the absurd when they claim rock impact inside the doors and underneath the frunk. Also, rust is normal and if your car works, then shut up about it:

If the car can drive. No problem. It can rust all the way!

First of, yes the car rusts. Make sure you inspect the car often to undercover rust, Tesla might also claim that even though things rust, they still function, which is absurd. 4 year old car should not rust like this.



Here are some corrosion images, I have forgotten to take image of the spoiler. It has been replaced 3 times. They claimed rock impact for most of these. Including underneath the frunk and inside the door.

Tesla just lies

So, how do you know Tesla plain out lies an claims rock impacts? Look at these two images of my front door. I took a picture some time before service, and during the service visit the technician touched the bubles and broke the paint surface. He pulled back and claimed rock impact! To make this even more absurd. This is INSIDE the door.

Also Tesla does NOT understand Norwegian law about reklamasjon, so if your car has driven over 100.000 take pictues, get a NAF test and be prepared to take them to forliksrådet.

Howie’s Tesla Troubles – Chrome details comes off

Hi and welcome to this series where I blog one post for every issue I have had and how it was resolved

This time it is the chrome decals on the rear trunk. This has happened twice now and the first time I had to come in to the service center, this time they are sending a mobile technician to my house. The reason this happens is because it is fastened only by a double sided adhesive tape. The tape is obviously of sub par quality.

Tesla Chrome details comming off in 2017
06. September 2017 Right side lose

Tesla Chrome details comming off in 2018
2nd August 20180 Left side

Check out the video below if you want to see it live.



Howie’s Tesla Troubles – Front window cable canal won’t clip on

Hi and welcome to this series where I blog one post for every issue I have had and how it was resolved

This time it is the cable canal that runs from the roof across my front windshield to the rear view mirror. The cable canal will not clip on. Looks flimsy. I had the service technician try to clip it back into place but he was unable.

Is this something you would just live with or should I complain and have it replaced? Comment below and let me know.


Fixing Tesla Model X license plate issue

If you are from Norway you might have this issue.


It’s because Tesla messed up and use a too large screw. However it is easy to fix yourself if you already picked up your car and signed off. If you are picking up your car, make them switch screws.


Here is the simple and effective trick that will remove prevent a costly paint job if people or cars bump your license plate slightly.

Just remove the license plate and unscrew the two top screws. Replace them with a smaller screw and there you are:



Tesla Model X 6 seat configuration – skis

If you are thinking about which seat configuration to get with your Tesla Model X, here is a picture of the 6-seat version which allows for skis to be positioned in the middle while keeping the second row seats.

You might ask yourself, why not a ski hitch? For me, two simple reasons

  1. I had to buy it extra
  2. My skis will get incredible dirty from the drive


In the bag there are 2 pair of Telemark skis which are about 170cm long. There is plenty of more space for even longer Cross Country skis or Snowboards. You could even keep one third row seat up and allow for 5 passengers.

Use the security mesh to hold down and stow away the skiboots in the deep part of the trunk.


Towing with Tesla Model X – 7 pin adapter

The Tesla Model X comes with a new 13-pin female connector and most older trailers have a old 7 pin male connector.


You need to buy an adapter at Biltema or Jula.  Here is the adapter you need

When you insert the adapter try to push the original lid behind the plastic bottom case as in the picture. This is the only way to get the adapter to fit the plug without the original lid getting in the way.

Once you have connected your trailer and hooked it up, go into the Tesla and make sure that Towing mode is on

Once you connect a cable the car automatically enters into “Towing mode” if it does not do this, go to:  Controls->Driving->Towing Modetowing-mode

Once you have on towing mode, go drive. You can use your rear view camera to keep an eye on your trailer

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