Tesla takes a second pass at Model Y trunk water leakage fix with new sealant
Tesla has acknowledged that some 2020-2023 Model Y batches may suffer from water leakage into the liftgate assembly and tried to remedy it with dubious success. Now, however, it has issued a new Service Bulletin for the Model Y water ingress issue and this time around it will apparently be using a different type of sealant for the fix.
The Model Y liftgate water leakage Service Bulletin is tagged SB-23-10-003 and requires about 1.8 hours to complete the resealing task, says Tesla. The parts that will be replaced include the same liftgate lamp and connector gaskets plus a loctite hybrid polymer for the fix, but Tesla will apparently be using a different sealant so the issue doesn't reappear as with the previous ingress recall.
Owners who see water on the trunk seals or pouring from the liftgate if there is enough of it accumulated inside, should call a Tesla Service Center and cite the bulletin to get an appointment for the 2-hour job. Alternatively, since it is a relatively simple procedure, Tesla is offering that they get a visit from its Mobile Service rangers if they don't live near a repair center.
The Model Y liftgate water ingress problem is being fixed with a simple service bulletin on the second pass despite that it requires component replacements as the issue, while annoying, is not deemed severe or threatening. Recently, a study by iSeeCars estimated that the Tesla Model Y will be hit with about 62 recalls in its life cycle, though these include the ones that can be fixed with an OTA software update, too, and don't require a Service Center visit.
Tesla has released a Service Bulletin for water ingress on Model Y's tailgate.— The Cybertruck Guy (@cybrtrkguy) May 31, 2023
This means: Tesla has acknowledged it as a common issue, and has brought it to the attention of technicians.
If your Model Y is under warranty with this problem, Tesla should be able to fix it… pic.twitter.com/qAUJUYSFGk