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Chip inside Charge Port Door

novox77

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the little rhombus/diamond shaped thingy? It is part of the pressure sensor for the charge port door. If it's missing, you can't press on the door to open it. But you can still open the door via UMC or center screen.

Lots of people reporting that it's falling out. Mine's back in with some 2x-sided tape and seems to be working ok.
 

nickpants

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Mar 23, 2016
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I just had mine fall out after washing the car. I went to plug the car in and i heard a piece of metal drop. i figured it came from my pocket, and plugged the car in and then got the red "T" and 2 errors on the screen, one said it couldn't charge, and the other said press brake and unplug charger to try again. I unplugged everything, restarted the car and issue persisted. I went back to the charger and found the little piece of metal. I tapped it to the bottom of the charger where it would match up if attached, and everything went Green and the car started charging. I assume the car thought the charger was closed while it was open. Very strange. I guess i'll be picking up some epoxy tonight.
 

TheOtherPete

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Feb 23, 2018
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nickpants, not sure that is the same thing - the piece we are talking about is plastic and is attached to the charge port door. When it is missing the charge port works fine, the only thing that doesn't work is the "press the corner of the charge port to open" function - it can still be opened by other means (such as the Tesla app)
 

nickpants

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Mar 23, 2016
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Satellite Beach Fl
nickpants, not sure that is the same thing - the piece we are talking about is plastic and is attached to the charge port door. When it is missing the charge port works fine, the only thing that doesn't work is the "press the corner of the charge port to open" function - it can still be opened by other means (such as the Tesla app)

I think it's the same part, except mine is definitely not plastic, its a very light metal.

if the charge door is open and i tap this piece of metal to the corner of the port it will close the door. I think my car got confused if it was open or closed. it works fine now.
 

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TheOtherPete

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Feb 23, 2018
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I think it's the same part, except mine is definitely not plastic, its a very light metal.

if the charge door is open and i tap this piece of metal to the corner of the port it will close the door. I think my car got confused if it was open or closed. it works fine now.
Yep that is definitely it, I was confused about your report that you got an error while charging because of it. I had no problem charging when my piece fell out before I glued it back
 

Craig-Tx

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Aug 1, 2016
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Mine fell out about 5000 miles ago. I've had no issues charging at home, super charging, destination charging or even charging with J1772 adapter. Only issue I've found is that I can't tap the door to open it.
I still have the part and will bring it up next time I have enough minor issues to make a service appt.
 

darkenergy

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Apr 13, 2018
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Ours just fell out at about 2000km. Good thing it was while it was in the garage. The only reason I noticed it was dark on concrete.

I see some epoxy in the future
 

nitzmahone

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Feb 28, 2018
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Yep, the same piece fell off my original charge port door about a week after I got the car, and the one on my replacement charge port door (replaced on "charge port door needs service" message flapping post-first-wash) just fell off a couple days ago. Epoxied it back in, all's well, and I'll be amazed if it ever falls out again.
 

brianhill33

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Aug 4, 2017
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Guilford, CT
Mine fell off last week, but I had no idea what it was. I heard it hit the ground at the public charger when the door closed on the adapter while I was replacing the plug at the station. Thankfully I put it in my pocket. This thread, Gorilla glue and a small clamp, and it's as good as new...I hope.
 

Garlan Garner

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Mar 31, 2016
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Chicagoland
My charge port thing fell out somewhere in the world and now I can't open the charge port door manually.


Headed to Tesla today. ( Fortunately they service center is only 20 min away ).
 

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