- Tesla owners have found parts inside their Model Y cars held on by straps that don’t appear to be standard.
- In forums, some owners said the parts looked like someone had “made a run to Home Depot to make Q2 numbers.”
- It isn’t clear how widespread the possible use of the non-standard parts is, or if they can cause any issues with the cars’ performance.
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Some Tesla Model Y owners have made an interesting discovery when exploring the inner bowels of their vehicles.
“Someone made a run to Home Depot to make Q2 numbers,” someone said on the Tesla Motors Club forum last week, along with a photo of what appears to be a cooling unit held in place by plastic straps and faux wood.
The user said it wasn’t in an easily accessible place, beneath the vehicle’s frunk insert, but they were already diving into the car’s innards to fix a separate issue when they found the straps.
“I wouldn’t recommend doing it just to look for this,” they said. But it didn’t stop others from searching and following up with their own found examples.
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According to The Drive, the part in question is the car’s Liquid Cooled Condenser, which is responsible for not only making sure the battery doesn’t overheat but also cooling the powertrain and cabin air conditioning as well. The site also uncovered several YouTube videos that show a more form-fitting covering holding the part in place.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
To be sure, it’s not clear if the materials have had any effect on the cars’ operation, although Car and Driver also called some elements of the Model Y build quality into question in its review of the car.