Squeaking noise coming from passenger brakes

2pix

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This high pitched squeaking happens when starting to move from being parked. I've noticed it in parking lots so far. Maybe other times I have the music up so I don't hear it. Is this a pedestrian safety feature so people can hear the car coming at low speed situations or do I have brake component interference that I need to get checked out? I have the 19" sport wheels, it not throwing any parking brake codes and whatever it is it's definitely not slowing the car down.
 

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This high pitched squeaking happens when starting to move from being parked. I've noticed it in parking lots so far. Maybe other times I have the music up so I don't hear it. Is this a pedestrian safety feature so people can hear the car coming at low speed situations or do I have brake component interference that I need to get checked out? I have the 19" sport wheels, it not throwing any parking brake codes and whatever it is it's definitely not slowing the car down.
It's not a pedestrian safety feature, the brakes shouldn't squeak. Have Tesla check it out.
 

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I have the same issue. It's coming from the passenger side. I have the 18" wheels. Not sure if it's a sticking caliper, bearing, etc but I don't hear it above 10 MPH and it mostly does it when turning to the left.
 

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I have the same issue. It's coming from the passenger side. I have the 18" wheels. Not sure if it's a sticking caliper, bearing, etc but I don't hear it above 10 MPH and it mostly does it when turning to the left.
So I manually turned on the parking brake and it sounds like it acctuates on the passenger side so I wonder if it's not fully releasing. But yeah it's more pronounced turning left, like out of a parking space. II'l try turning right out today. Wasn't able to get my local Tesla service on the phone yesterday but did send an email, waiting on a reply.
 

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Tesla service rover could hear the noise and replaced both rear pads and brake clips. He stated on the paperwork they were installed incorrectly. A little scary but been a few weeks I haven't heard anything else.
 

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I had the same issue with my RWD long range. The squeaking/squealing started at first only when braking while backing up, however over a few weeks time it graduated to while driving forward as well. I took it into the service center and was told it was due to the brake spring clip(s)- (it wasn't specified if they were broken or if there was some other issue). In any case they are going to be replaced; currently they are on backorder. This is being handled as a warranty repair. My M3 has 14,400 miles on it.
 

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Who would have done such a thing??
IDK but I guess when you're under pressure to produce 5k a week. Someone is going to screw up something. I waited pass them working out most kinks to order so brake clip and condensation in a taillight is all the production issue I have out of the thing I'll be okay.
I had the same issue with my RWD long range... My M3 has 14,400 miles on it.
Mine was fixed in the first 1.5k miles. Early buyer went much farther. I assume whomever was installing the brake clips messed up a bunch since they are on backorder they must be replacing a lot.
 

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I had the brake clips squeak when I first got the car last July. They said it was those brake clips getting stuck sometimes causing the squeak. They replaced it for free by installing 2 new rear brake pads. Haven't had a squeak since.
 

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Glad they are tackling the issue rather than just saying it is normal for high performance brakes, ala Audi. However I have a feeling this will be a long term issue on the Model 3 due to minimal need for brake usage and therefore some drivers having their pads glaze. Solution is some occasional hard braking.
 

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Thanks everyone; glad to read we're not alone on this and Tesla is fixing the issue for us. I hope I get new rear pads (plus new clips) like Vin did. Mine have been squealing for 2+ months now and it took some time to get an appointment that worked with my schedule. Concerned there's been damage to the pads (or rotors) at this point.