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Charge port lights... Dying again...

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by SabrToothSqrl, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. SabrToothSqrl

    SabrToothSqrl Active Member

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    So, apparently my charge port hates me. This is the second one on the car, and I really don't want to drive 2 hours to the service center. Getting really tired of this... The lights aren't lighting up... Again.



    Is there anything I can do?
     

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  2. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    I mean give it time, just don't ram the cable in there every day. Every charge port needs a bit of foreplay. Also some KY Jelly or Vaseline could help.
     
  3. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Mine are dull on half the ring. Can't you just put it off til annual service? Doesn't affect operation, right?
     
  4. Zextraterrestrial

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    that's what I am doing. I went in to service and they thought I meant the magnet latch wasn't working but to replace the lights takes longer..I didn't have time to wait.
    second one too. Kind of pretty with red lights and green when charging or magenta instead of blue
     
  5. SabrToothSqrl

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    Correct, it doesn't appear to impact charge function. I don't usually resort to KY until there's smoke.

    I don't do an annual service, but yea, I'll get it replaced a week before its out of warranty, unless something else creeps up between now and then.
     
  6. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    I thought those puppies were LEDs. Are they not?

    If LEDs I thought they'd be either on or off, and very reliable.
     
  7. SabrToothSqrl

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    They are, and they should be...
     
  8. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    By the way, I'm not sure I see the issue in your screenshot. Is that a discoloration I see in some of the lights?
     
  9. markb1

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    Perhaps there's an unreliable power supply component. LEDs aren't binary, though they are usually treated as such. Dimming is typically done by pulse width modulation (rapidly turning the LED on and off), but they will dim if the voltage drops, too.
     
  10. SabrToothSqrl

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    Correct, the lower area, approx 1" wide isn't as white as the rest of the ring. It used to be.
     
  11. SabrToothSqrl

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    Dying even more.

    And.. Lights out!

    also rust on the turn signal. Ugh.
     

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  12. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    Guy like I said you have to be smooth about inserting that thick cable in that tight hole. You have to gentle and kind if wiggle it in.
     
  13. SabrToothSqrl

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    So many jokes... So little time.
     
  14. steve841

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    I've had two replaced as well.... Last one for the exact picture above.

    Thankfully, SC is 15 minutes and they are very accommodating ....
     
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    they told me it would be an hour...after it took them an hour to change my visors. cant sit around all day in a SVC
     
  16. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I always wait for the light and make sure that I insert perfectly straight and all the way. I also keep both the plug and receptacle very clean. Have not had a problem yet. But I am always inside when charging, so it's easy to keep clean.

    Yes.. Too many jokes and no time. But I would not use any type of lube as it will collect dirt and grit and make things worse. Dry is best...in this case!!!
     
  17. SabrToothSqrl

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    Red now...

    Now it looks like it's bleeding...
     

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    I disagree. I've found that once you've located the hole, line up the thick cable just right, and give a gentle but firm, even, push. It should slide in smooth and easily if lined up correctly.
     
  19. tom66

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    The number of premature LED failures I have seen... LEDs can be reliable, but it is difficult to get reliability AND low cost AND high brightness. It's a case of pick any two. I have replaced 10x GU10 LED bulbs in the past year - these are the things that fit into kitchen lights etc. They all fail in the same way, one LED goes out and the whole bulb goes out. Back to halogen for me. These were quality brand bulbs too.

    LEDs last a long time (40,000 hours to half brightness), but only if they don't fail early. And too many of them are failing early.
     
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    The multi-color version actually looks pretty cool.
     

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