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model 3 driver's side mirror has limited adjustment range

bwdav

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Jun 27, 2021
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Just got my Tesla 3 last week and fantastic apart from one thing: I can't seem to get driver's door mirror adjusted properly. I want a view with less car body and looking higher but it just stops moving. The passenger side mirror adjusts fully. Anyone else noticed this? It is a right pain.
 

bwdav

Member
Jun 27, 2021
6
13
Edinburgh
It is a design defect. They all do that! You can't tilt it out far enough for a proper view. I had to go to the Suma wide angle mirror to get a decent view on the driver's side...
thanks for the quick response. Will have a look for one of those mirrors. Seems crazy we have to change the mirror for something so basic!!
 
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EVRider-FL

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Aug 18, 2015
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Might be a hardware issue, make a service appointment. Our Model 3 doesn’t have this issue, but a rented Model 3 I drove recently did have problems with the driver’s side mirror adjustment.
 

Marc Roberts

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Jul 9, 2019
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Mine is the same. I went with a "good enough" position but got reminded recently when my mirror got stuck in the "looking down" position after reversing and I had to re-adjust it...
 

tallEVbro

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Check around the MY forums. I think there were also reports of mirrors not adjusting far enough outward and up due to the heating element. The fix was to take the mirror off and trim a tab. Easy 5 min fix or Tesla service can complete. Sorry I don’t have the ability to search and find the right thread right now.
 
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bwdav

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Jun 27, 2021
6
13
Edinburgh
That is great - I have had a look and found what you have suggested re the tabs. I think I will play safe and book service visit and show them what has been published on this.
 

jjrandorin

Moderator, Model 3, Tesla Energy Forums
Nov 28, 2018
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Might be a hardware issue, make a service appointment. Our Model 3 doesn’t have this issue, but a rented Model 3 I drove recently did have problems with the driver’s side mirror adjustment.

Mine (drivers side mirror) also does not adjust far enough out, actually. It doesnt adjust far enough out to adjust the mirrors "properly" to remove the blind spot, when I am in my normal driving position.

I just thought they all were that way, because I have only been in a couple different model 3s.
 

KenC

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Sep 4, 2018
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I too thought my driver's side mirror won't adjust far enough to cover the blind spot, so I put a round stick-on mirror. If I can trim some plastic, to allow more adjustment, and not have to use the stick-on, that would be better. When I have the time, I'll look into it.
 

Iain

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Feb 5, 2020
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Is this only on certain years? i have a 2020 and i have no issues. I remember the day i got the car setting my seat, stearing and mirrors. That's the last time i adjusted them. I'm 6 ft, could it just be for taller/ shorter drivers?
 

jjrandorin

Moderator, Model 3, Tesla Energy Forums
Nov 28, 2018
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Riverside Co. CA
Is this only on certain years? i have a 2020 and i have no issues. I remember the day i got the car setting my seat, stearing and mirrors. That's the last time i adjusted them. I'm 6 ft, could it just be for taller/ shorter drivers?

It could also be that a lot of people dont adjust their mirrors "far enough out". If side mirrors are adjusted properly, there really is no blind spot while looking in them, but people dont adjust them out far enough most times.

I drove for many years with my side mirrors adjusted "wrong", and didnt learn the "right" way (which is basically NOT seeing the side of your car at all, for a general description) until around 15 years or so ago.

Here is a video showing proper adjustment (which I can not make on my model 3):

 

Kandiru

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Oct 20, 2014
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For what it is worth in most cars you can physically push on the periphery of the mirror lens and it will move a few clicks further, worth trying IMHO, though without being overtly aggressive.
 

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