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FWDs failed, override inoperative

This morning both FWDs failed to open at school. Two kids had to exit via the front doors, and the toddler extricated via an open window. The touch screen override for obstacle detection failed. The car was not parked near any obstacles.

This has occurred in the past, but only during cold weather. Tesla service is clueless as to the cause.

Has anyone else experienced this? I suspect it is related to sensor issues.

Looks like it's a sensor problem. Under extreme conditions even the manual override fails. See attached pic. Randomly, the doors begin to work again. This failure occurred outside; there was nothing overhead when parked, nor for the last few miles.


Active Member
Mar 28, 2017
Orlando, FL
Looking at the red line on the top of the car in your picture it suggests that it thinks something is too close to the top... and if it has a single sensor on the roof of the car there, then I can see how that would stop both doors from opening. If you haven’t yet, you might want to take a look at that sensor and see if there’s bird poop or something on it. Maybe try to clean it off and see if that helps.

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