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Door handle doesn’t fully retract

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Darthbenji, Feb 25, 2020.

  1. Darthbenji

    Darthbenji Member

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    Not ice or snow related. It’s the driver side rear door handle and it will retract about 75%. Is it safe to squirt a little wd-40 in there?
     
  2. pscarroll

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    Probably. What about Astroglide? What about Tesla Mobile Service?
     
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    jkoya NA2 NSX

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  4. smatthew

    smatthew Active Member

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    Maybe you should post in the S or X sections of the forum.
     
  5. pscarroll

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    Well the Model 3 handle kinda retracts, more like pivots manually.
     
  6. SlimJim

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    wd40 is not a lubricant....
    silicone grease is.
     
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  7. UKNOWINVU2

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    I brought up the same issue for my model 3 at the service center, they added some silicone lubricant to the handles which seemed to fix the issue. Doing this will definitely cause the lubricant to drip down the outside of the door, I would wipe that away as quick as possible.
     
  8. M109Rider

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    I believe WD40 was recommended because it is a water displacement product. If ice was the issue, it would temporarily lubricate, and remove the water.

    If it’s just a lubrication issue, and not water or ice related, then I wouldn’t use WD40.
     
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  9. CharleyBC

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    We had this problem on the driver’s door. I just fixed it Sunday using the technique in post #3 above. Works fine now. Time will tell how well it lasts.

    Pro tip: do it in good lighting conditions so you can see the pin and spring depicted in the instructions. When I first looked in my garage, it was a black hole. Out in the sunny driveway it was obvious.
     

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