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First problem: rear door glass stuck open

Kaivball

Member
Jan 6, 2013
664
-1
Kalifornia
Well, early adopter blues for me too.

After two weeks of ownership, my driver side rear window is stuck open.

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After work, I open the rear door to put my briefcase on the seat. When I close the door, all of a sudden the glass literally "falls" down inside the rail crack as if it jumped off its track.

No amount of window up or down is moving the glass. It's stuck.

Great. I call Tesla support but since it was already 6:30 nobody available in the service centers and I was only 5 miles from Fremont. They will call me tomorrow.

Drive home with the window wide open.

Now what. Garage is already occupied with more important cars. Can't leave it like this outside, besides, it might sprinkle tonight.

Well, trusty tape and plastic.

Ouuuh, is my new Tesla pretty...

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justaddsun

Member
Dec 22, 2012
403
0
DC
Its probably the window regulator -- you're right , something to do with holding the glass in place so the motor can moved it. It was a frequent problem on VW Jettas from back in the day. They should be able to fix it no problem. Just hope it doesn't recur and becomes a TSB like it did with those VWs.

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strider

Active Member
Oct 20, 2010
3,527
772
NE Oklahoma
Well, if it's off its track maybe you can you just lift it up. But then what would you tape it to... I had this happen on my Jeep but it had a window frame so I was able to tape it to that... Ok, nevermind, your fix is the right one. Ugh.
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,868
Toronto, ON
Years ago, I had a power window fail like this and I pulled it apart myself. What I found was a flexible nylon track that had teeth and was fed through a gear in the motor (think rack and pinion) the nylon "ribbon" would push the window up or pull it down depending on which way the motor was spinning. In my case, the nylon ribbon had snapped, and it was something like $10 to get a new piece and feed it through the motor, then attach it to the bottom of the glass. You have to be really careful to block the glass from falling while your hands are in there!
 

Babylonfive

Power12
Feb 3, 2011
719
6
Cedar Park (Austin), Texas
I think it's window actuator.

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Years ago, I had a power window fail like this and I pulled it apart myself. What I found was a flexible nylon track that had teeth and was fed through a gear in the motor (think rack and pinion) the nylon "ribbon" would push the window up or pull it down depending on which way the motor was spinning. In my case, the nylon ribbon had snapped, and it was something like $10 to get a new piece and feed it through the motor, then attach it to the bottom of the glass. You have to be really careful to block the glass from falling while your hands are in there!

I had exactly the opposite thing happen (in the sense of a simple fix being expensive) - like many with Audi A4/A6 and VW Passat, the window there is held on the regulator wire with a plastic clip. The $2 plastic clip would fail, but the only factory solution was a $750 regulator module (most of the door!), so I had to take it apart myself, buy similar clips from another car and mount them myself. Argh I hate classical auto companies, their parts business, and their service/dealers! ARGH.
 

sreehyd

Member
Jul 10, 2012
114
44
East Bay, CA
My wife just called me and reported Driver rear seat window is stuck in OPEN ! It appears to be similar problem for my car too. I am wondering how could a closed window would open up ?? if the acutator would break ?
 

Kaivball

Member
Jan 6, 2013
664
-1
Kalifornia
They said my window regulator broke v

I guess that allows the window to go down but not go up.

Looks like the spare part didn't arrive today and I have to use the loaner Prius (what a piece of $&@) for another day.
 

sreehyd

Member
Jul 10, 2012
114
44
East Bay, CA
Service ordered the spare part for the rear stuck window , Temporarily they rolled up the window and disabled the window rolling operation . This is the first issue after owning for about 2 months ..

It also appears service centre are way under staffed and the wait time for appointments are way long ..
 

FalconNinetyD

Active Member
Dec 20, 2010
1,103
12
USA
I saw someone at the LA Supercharger last weekend who had this same problem on his rear passenger door... I'm guessing Tesla will be asking their vendor to improve their quality on this part.
 

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