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Model X door handle issue

rush6410

Member
Sep 26, 2016
631
603
Montgomery TX
Problem identified (for real this time, parts on order)

Ok...I was still having the same issues even after the window regulator replacement. So, one has nothing to do with the other. To repeat the issue I am seeing: When I initiate door open from any of the door open initiations (door handle, MCU, FOB) the door starts to open with a door latch cycle, the door stops at the ajar position with latch still in the latched position, then the ice breaker pushes the door along with another latch cycle finally opening the door.

I continued my troubleshooting this weekend. I removed the latch thinking it must be the issue even though I replaced it with a used one. I opened it up as detailed in my pics. There was a broken piece inside the latch case. It was a teflon part that was broken. This piece must be the culprit. As I stated before, I replaced the latch earlier, but with a used one off ebay. It also was presenting the same issue but less frequently (works about 25% of the time). My observation is that the teflon piece in with all the metal gears gets worn out over time or breaks. Worn out probably is the intermittent working scenario. Broke is the never works scenario which the two latches I used presented. In either case they presented the identical fault hence my conclusion it must be the latch. So, with that being said, I am ordering a new latch directly from Tesla assuming the teflon piece would be brand new and in working condition. It is obvious this piece is meant to be the first point of failure in the latch case.

I will give another update when I replace with a new latch (not a used).
Inside latch_edited.jpg

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Jillmark99

Member
Feb 1, 2019
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Ontario
@rush6410 is that 2nd picture the backside of the push button “handle” for the drivers door? what was the difficulty in removing it? I have to go to Tesla tomorrow to grab a part for something else. I can ask them about this. Maybe I can buy one too while I’m there.
You have really dove into this project. Thanks for all of your replies. Your troubleshooting is great. Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to look at mine.
 

rush6410

Member
Sep 26, 2016
631
603
Montgomery TX
@rush6410 is that 2nd picture the backside of the push button “handle” for the drivers door? what was the difficulty in removing it? I have to go to Tesla tomorrow to grab a part for something else. I can ask them about this. Maybe I can buy one too while I’m there.
You have really dove into this project. Thanks for all of your replies. Your troubleshooting is great. Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to look at mine.
It is a stand alone part. The handle is just above it. The Icebreaker (actuator) is in between them. I am having them ship me the part. So, it might be a week or so for me.

The replacement is medium difficulty. You have to first remove the door panel. Then the black inner door cover (closeout panel). If you reach in to the left you will see the latch. Remove the wire connector and the three screws on the outside. Take a look at this video to remove the panel. Tesla Model X Door Panel Removal | How To - YouTube.
 

rush6410

Member
Sep 26, 2016
631
603
Montgomery TX
Update. Tesla does not sell the pre retrofit door latches. My only option is to have the retrofit kit done for the new latches. They quoted me $860 for both doors. The kit looks like this Genuine Tesla 1446159-00-C Door Latch LH & RH Retrofit Service Kit | eBay. Pretty extensive overhaul. So, I am having it done Wednesday along with a MCU1 to MCU2 upgrade. I am lucky because they just dropped the price for the infortainment upgrade from $2500 to $1500.
 

CuriousM3

Member
Apr 17, 2018
292
103
Los Angeles
Mine does the same thing, more and more nowadays, it all started when they replaced the inner belt molding, then it never worked right after. Since then we had the drive motor replaced, the pop actuator replace, still no dice. The door still pops open then the stupid ice breaker comes out and pushes the door more open. Its intermittent so whatever is failing is on its way out.

And if your door is having this issue make sure it shuts all the way. I left it ajar today by accident as i was getting the mail and the car thought the door was locked and would not open when pressing the door handle or key fob. I had to push the door close then try to lock it so the door would suck in shut then try and reopen the door.
 

Sandiegodoug

Member
Apr 25, 2017
871
582
SAN Diego
Please send a ranger. Makes noise, screen shows open but nothing happens
Verified customer concern. Replaced LH Front Door E Release Actuator. Verified Proper Operation.
Correction: Actuator - E Release - Door - Front - LH (Remove & Replace)
Parts Replaced or Added
Part Quantity
MX, FR DR E RELEASE ACTUATOR, LH(1115332-00-B) 1.0
Pa
 

Sandiegodoug

Member
Apr 25, 2017
871
582
SAN Diego
Concern: Customer States: Remote App access is not working
Verified customer concern. Determined that the MCU was upgraded to MCU2. Possible remote security access was not
reprogrammed on new MCU2. Performed remote security

did this too after I was told via on line that it was my iPhone causing issues. Works perfectly now
 

ShawnA

Supporting Member
Nov 13, 2017
923
674
Edwardsburg, MI
Hi @Sandiegodoug ,

Thank you for the part number.
That was one of the parts replaced on mine...
It's a ballet of intricate timing - If that release actuator
does not pull the pin before the motor actuates to open
the door, there is a partial opening of the door.
It does not open to the partial position and certainly
not fully open if the release actuator is slow...

My mobile tech left the dead part with me and I can feel
the drag on the bad actuator.

Shawn
 

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