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    > stuck throttle [Doug_G]

    One of those crap Audis??

    > 13mm [dhrivnak]

    Ok, add 13mm combo wrench to toolkit.

    > The ground couriously enough is under the hood passenger side below the fat orange wires. [dhrivnak]

    Must be the trunk hood since there are no fat orange (400vdc) wires up front. Takes me back to the Rust Belt (Northern NY State) where if anything weird electrical happens you first dismember the ground connections, grind them bright, reattach & paint over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wycolo View Post
    Must be the trunk hood since there are no fat orange (400vdc) wires up front.
    No. It is under the front hood. Under a shroud on the passenger side. (assuming NA cars, others may differ.)
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    > It is under the front hood. Under a shroud on the passenger side. [W.Petefish]

    Yes, there it is. Mine is covered with electrical putty of a brown/grey color. Hard to see before sunup. [Drill hole in shroud, insert 13mm socket on wobble extension. Tighten. Insert hole plug.] Finally, a reason to open the front hood. Been left for dead once already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wycolo View Post
    > stuck throttle [Doug_G]

    One of those crap Audis??
    No, it was an early 80's vintage Honda Accord. The vanes in the carburetor stuck open. This is not something you want to experience!
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    There's charging at KFC?!

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    Yes there is charging at the KFC in Mt. Pleasant TN. Three of them actually and they work after hours, thank goodness.

    As to the powertrain error I did a few more faults last week so Tesla plans to send a ranger and I am fine with that. They are in a much better postion to fix than I am. And yes at least on a 1.5 there are orange wires under the hood. And because the nut is burried a bit you cannot reach it with a 13mm wrench. You really need a 13 mm socket with 3" extension. Name:  Hrivnak_Ground.JPG
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    Wow, a bit scary there. Glad it ended up being a safe resolution to the "sudden dead car" event.

    I must say a limp mode of some sort is called for. Standard creep/crawl at least, with possibly a slight pulse of "double crawl" speed depending on how the throttle is failing.

    I'm sure they will sort out the fault for you.
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    I have to hand it to Tesla service. While I thought I had the problem licked they wanted to send out a ranger to be sure. As it turns out if one removes the 13mm bolt and the wires attached to the ground point. There is another nut that holds the stud tight. It turns out this lower "hidden" nut was a little loose. The bottom bolt was tightened and wires reattached and all appears well. Additionally to be on the safe side they replaced the accelerator pedal. Both the ranger and I are 99% the ground is the issue but with me 400 miles from a service center it is better to be safe than sorry, especially since it is covered under warranty.

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    Unfortunately the fault has returned with a vengence. So the car is parked until Ranger Keith can make it back out my way in two weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhrivnak View Post
    Unfortunately the fault has returned with a vengence. So the car is parked until Ranger Keith can make it back out my way in two weeks.
    I'm sorry Dave. Two weeks??? That is too long to wait when you're car is not running! Tesla was way too slow to ramp up new employees for the MS roll out. Now Roadster owners in some areas are not getting the service that we used to.

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