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Charge port door not closed completely

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Electricfan, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. Electricfan

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    #1 Electricfan, Apr 23, 2014
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    Noticed yesterday that my charge port door is sticking out about a quarter inch after closing. It used to close flush to the car. Has anybody else had this happen? Was it an easy fix? It really looks tacky this way. Sorry for poor image quality.
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    Just so there's no confusion - God I love this car!
     
  2. scaesare

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    My bet would be that the foam adhesive pad that mounts the magnet on the door is starting to fail. Either the adhesive is starting to give, or the foam pad itself is starting to separate.

    It happened to me and the door would simply swing open, with the magnet still latched to the car. I reglue dit as a temp fix and found that the foam itself was starting to pull apart and I was getting the door sticking out a bit as well. The service center replaced it all for me.
     
  3. Electricfan

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    Update! The magnet that is glued to the back of the charge port door has come completely unglued now. This is how it looks driving down the road now. Not such a good advertisement for Tesla motors, unfortunately. When they get my shield parts to install they can fix this at the same time, but until then its going to be fun manually pulling the magnet off so I can charge, then putting it back after I disconnect. Yuk!
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    Right.

    That's what I suggested 14 hours ago. :)
     
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    Yes, you were 100% correct! That's why I love these forums. Somebody has always been down the road you're on before and can tell you about it. What did they do before the internet came along?? Thank you for your advice!
     
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    It's a really quick fix, Tesla just replaces the Chargeport door (happened to me recently). I wouldn't drive around like that though (what if it rains?) and it's easy enough just to stick that magnet back in the door temporarily.
     
  7. Electricfan

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    Is it something a "ranger" could fix? I bought the "unlimited ranger" visits service plan. Maybe they'll send somebody to me to fix it?!
     
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    Yes. Obviously give them a heads-up to bring the parts with them
     
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    Update: Tesla Ranger to the rescue!! The ranger fixed the door and also performed some type of service to the front control arms - added a washer. Car drives fine and looks great again!
     
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    Excellent news...
     

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