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Adjusting door glass?

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by TLLMRRJ, Dec 31, 2019.

  1. TLLMRRJ

    TLLMRRJ Active Member

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    I found videos on how to get the door panel off, but I couldn't find any info on how to adjust the alignment of the door windows.

    My week old M3 has the right rear window sticking out so it's not sealing well. I was planning to take it to a SC, but after reading too many forum posts, I am not going to take my car there for small items that will probably result in them breaking more things than they fix.

    I've aligned windows on other cars, but the setup looks a little different on the Tesla, so any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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    Once door panels are off there are black plugs to remove that cover window retainer bolt access holes. Loosen bolts to adjust windows, remove bolts if you want to remove the windows completely.
     
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    Thanks!

    I saw those bolts on a video of a guy replacing the glass. It looked like they would adjust height and forward/backward tilt only, but you say those bolts can adjust inward and outward tilt too?
     
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    TLLMRRJ Active Member

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    Here’s that video for anyone interested in the door panel and window removal.

     
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    I'm not sure about inward/outward. Seems unlikely, but who knows.
     
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    Problem solved, and it was super easy. Props to Telsa for a simple and effective design to mount the door panel and window regulator.

    If you ever have to change the window regulator on this car, it’s a 1000 times easier than any other car.

    I only needed an adjustment. So I followed the video above to pop the door panel - very easy.

    Then I had someone hold the door panel away so I could get to the adjustment bolts. So no need to unplug any wires for this job.

    The lower bolts for the rails are held on with 10mm nuts. Loosen those, then use an allen key in the center of the bolt to turn clockwise to bring that side of the window inward or counterclockwise to bring out.

    Tighten the 10mm and put the panel back. Done!

    Cross that off the list! Now all that’s left is the steering alignment and the mismatched bumper colors and the car will be perfect!
     
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    I didn't know that about the window adjusters! I may try that with my driver's side front window, have some wind noise that I suspect may be window position related. Thanks for sharing!!
     
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  8. looms01

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    I have the same problem as the OP except it’s on the front passenger side.

    I removed the door panel but it looks quite a bit different from the rear doors. I see a bolt on the lower rail to adjust window up or down but do NOT see the hex screw to adjust the window front to back.

    Any ideas?
     
  9. rlasry1

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    I had exactly the same question and found this super clear video that explains very well how to adjust the front doors’ window tilt!


    Jump to 9 minutes in to see the 2 adjustable tilt screws.
    Note the right one is under the speaker, so you need to remove both the door’s panel (to access the left one) and then the speaker (to access the right one). All explained in the video.
     
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    With picture of the 2 tilt screws (front door)
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    As explained higher in this thread and in the video, once the outer nut is loosened (10mm hex driver), use a 3mm Allen key to adjust the tilt thanks to the screw at the center of the nut. Turn anti-clockwise (unscrewing) to push the guide outwards into the door and therefore bring the window's top inwards, closer to the door and seals. Will try on mine a soon as the rain stops!
     
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    Great video. Thanks for sharing! I just took delivery of a MY and one of my biggest concerns is that the passenger window sticks waaaaay out. So much so that you can almost see right into the car. Tesla said it was no big deal and they could fix but my service appt isn't for another 2.5 weeks. I was getting nervous about if or how they can even fix that but seeing this gives me hope. Thanks!
     
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    Yes - one would expect this kind of detail to be taken care of when buying such an otherwise, nice, premium vehicle!

    I made the adjustments described above this weekend and it does make a big difference, so happy. BTW i am not the very DIY/manual kind, but can confirm the procedure is easily done. Result is not quite perfect yet, but big improvement (eliminated 80% of window-leaking road noise) and much quicker than booking and going to a SC appointment in 3 weeks time!
     
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    Thats awesome. I'm glad it worked out for ya!
     
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    Did you bring the windows in or out for a better seal?
     
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    In at the top. Means unscrewing the screws at the center of the nut
     
  16. robru

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    Thanks!!! I found this a couple weeks ago when I joined and finally got around to doing it. When I close the rear driver side door, the front of that door’s window sticks out about a 1/8” and the rear a little more. I followed the steps above (10mm open box wrench, 27mm torx bit, and 7/64” allen wrench). Had to turn the allen wrench 13 full turns counterclockwise. I preferred the open box (ratchet) wrench so I could hold the Allen wrench to make sure there was no movement when I tightened the 10mm nut.

    Note...
    I stepped up to the 13 turns, going 2-3 turns at a time. I tightened everything up and checked the window.

    Here’s to less wind noise!
     
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