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Help: I Can't Connect the Connector Under the Glove Box.

chronopc

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I disconnected the connector to the speaker under the glove box in order to change the cabin filter and now I can reconnect it. Has anyone ran into this issue? I tried contacting Tesla and they want to charge me $96 just to diagnose the problem.
 
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chronopc

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Can you get a decent picture of it?
I'll take a picture of it tomorrow when I get back home.

Pretty much the plastic square part with 2 holes and the 2 metal wires are all disconnected and I can't seem to put them back together or get them to go back into the connector.
 

Perscitus

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Make sure you are plugging in the correct plug - there are at least two there
(once you loosen the cover and/or remove the glove box).

One is for the speaker, the other for the glove box dampener (they appear almost identical).
Separately there is also the LED bulb connector which is more unique.

If its indeed broken (plug or harness wire) then a repair would be best - replacing this harness is a PITA (per mobile service tech).
 

techdash

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If you see exposed wires it sounds like the wires were pulled out of the connector.

That’s the emergency speaker. It’s used for certain notifications/alerts if there’s an issue with the MCU which controls the regular speakers.
 

Kirby64

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I broke this connector as well. I don't know what is wrong with that connector but it's a pain in the ass to remove and breaks off pretty easily (unlike the light ones, which come off easily). I was left with just the ferrules... I just soldered mine back on (bypassing the connector altogether).
 
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chronopc

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I broke this connector as well. I don't know what is wrong with that connector but it's a pain in the ass to remove and breaks off pretty easily (unlike the light ones, which come off easily). I was left with just the ferrules... I just soldered mine back on (bypassing the connector altogether).
I might need to go with the soldered method too.
 

Kirby64

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I might need to go with the soldered method too.

It's really easy to solder to the speaker, actually. There's very large points where the speaker contacts already are soldered to the connector block. The most annoying part was stringing an extension cord for my soldering iron into my car!
 

chronopc

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It's really easy to solder to the speaker, actually. There's very large points where the speaker contacts already are soldered to the connector block. The most annoying part was stringing an extension cord for my soldering iron into my car!
Are the 2 sides of the wire interchangeable? I'm wondering if I need to solder a specific side of the cable to a specific side of the speaker.
 

jamnmon66

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Do you really need the speaker? Sounds like it's just a spare warning device. I'm not sure I'd even put any effort into it.

I get it, though, you hurt your baby and you want it fixed. It just seems a bit frivolous in this case.
 

Kirby64

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Are the 2 sides of the wire interchangeable? I'm wondering if I need to solder a specific side of the cable to a specific side of the speaker.

They are not. Look up one of those guides where they show you how to change the air filter. There's a clip of the guy unclipping the speaker wire, so you can know the connection side.

I THINK (don't quote me on this), green wire is left (assuming you're looking at the panel as if you're seated in the car).


I wouldn't waste money on a battery powered iron... the Hakko I use is 60W, and it was struggling even a bit melting the solder lugs for the speakers. Not enough to be concerning, just more than you'd usually want for more fine electronics.
 
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