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Door handle stuck

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by SoxFan2004, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. SoxFan2004

    SoxFan2004 Member

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    My two week old Model S has a problem. When I walk up to my car, the door handles present themselves but I cannot open the driver's side door. Nothing happens when I pull it. The other doors seem to work fine.

    Also interesting is that the side mirrors do not retract when I walk up to the car. They only retract when I open another door.

    I have a service appointment next week, but I was hoping it was a software problem. Any ideas?
     
  2. byan1232

    byan1232 Member

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    Yeah my friend had that same problem. A service center visit fixes it. It's a mechanical and software problem.
     
  3. SoxFan2004

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    Yes, I had it fixed this morning. It took about 90 minutes and is apparently a common problem.
     
  4. Hank42

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    Anyone know what the problem actually is, if it is so common?
     
  5. mmccord

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    Surprised it would happen on a two-week old car. The most common reason for this is a faulty design that causes a wire to break off the microswitch after many in-out cycles of the handle. This guy explains it well:

    I pulled mine out and re-soldered it a few weeks ago. I also drilled a small hole through the aluminum (inside) and ran a wire-tie through to secure the wire properly.
     

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