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Model X Falcon Door Leak

Hi,
Our 2018 Model X 100D leaks (drips heavily) whenever there is any water on the
top of the car and the falcon door is opened. Both sides - left side more than
right. I'm talking water coming in and puddling right on the seat/person sitting
there.
What is probably wrong and what is the fix?
- Jim in PNW where it rains a LOT
 
Mine doesn't do this. IIRC, other threads indicate service center used to fix this but then started calling it a characteristic of the doors. I vaguely remember someone coming up with a fix (or at least improvement) other than what the service center does and posting a thread somewhere in this forum, but I couldn't point you toward that thread.
 
fix is to keep a towel in the car, seriously.
KVS25,

We are already doing that - but, at least to my way of thinking, the falcon door
car should not cascade a lot of water onto the passengers every time you open
them and it is either raining and/or there is water on top of the door/glass roof.
We live in the PNW (60 miles North of Seattle). It rains here - a lot. That's not a
surprise. The design of the seals for the falcon doors should handle this.

"Gee, NICE car, I love the way the rear doors open up like a bird taking flight.
Hold on, what is this towel here in the back seat?"

"Oh that - well you see Tesla is so interested in their customers that
they included a free shower."
- Jim
 
Mine doesn't do this. IIRC, other threads indicate service center used to fix this but then started calling it a characteristic of the doors. I vaguely remember someone coming up with a fix (or at least improvement) other than what the service center does and posting a thread somewhere in this forum, but I couldn't point you toward that thread.
mznym - where do you live? Or are you saying that your MX doesn't drip/flood when you open the falcon wing doors?
- Jim in the PNW
 
mznym - where do you live? Or are you saying that your MX doesn't drip/flood when you open the falcon wing doors?
- Jim in the PNW
I'm in Indiana, and I may have seen water on the middle row one time. In that case, it was torrential rain and there was literally a constant layer of water trying to flow off of the roof when I opened them. Even still, that was long enough ago that I couldn't tell you for sure it wasn't a loaner. I have opened both FWD in rain with no water on the middle row plenty of times before and since then.
 
KVS25,

We are already doing that - but, at least to my way of thinking, the falcon door
car should not cascade a lot of water onto the passengers every time you open
them and it is either raining and/or there is water on top of the door/glass roof.
We live in the PNW (60 miles North of Seattle). It rains here - a lot. That's not a
surprise. The design of the seals for the falcon doors should handle this.

"Gee, NICE car, I love the way the rear doors open up like a bird taking flight.
Hold on, what is this towel here in the back seat?"

"Oh that - well you see Tesla is so interested in their customers that
they included a free shower."
- Jim
Yep, happens all the time with ours. Im in PDX and like others have said there is no fix for this other then a towel. What Ive found helps a little is to open the doors just a little bit first, just enough to get a slight angle on the top part of the door and the water starts running off, then open fully.

What they could have done is add a little lip across the top where the door opens up, or extending the rubber seal thats against the top of the car when doors are opened. Having the rubber push slightly against the top of the car would create a barrier for the rain to slide down to the back of the car instead.

I took my car to the SC once to get it "fixed", they only pulled a little on the gaskets around the door opening to make it sit slightly higher, but it did nothing
 

ngng

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because your car was designed in CA lol

you can buy some of this trim and stick it to your roof to help channel the water:
 
because your car was designed in CA lol

you can buy some of this trim and stick it to your roof to help channel the water:
Thanks for posting this link, ngng, I did this to my car and I have had no leaks of water into the car at all from the FWDs. I will see if I can find the link, it was originally posted by Mr Ed, but the solution works great. The service center marvels at this clever solution.
 
Taah, Daah! Here it is:
 
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Hi all,

I have a possible solution to the way the falcon doors leak water - heavily - into the interior when
you open them. Does anyone know how I should go about getting this proposal to the person(s)
who will listen to it and investigate it? My solution does not involve any physical changes to the
car (Model X) but rather only software.
- Jim in the PNW
 
... I've been told that Tesla 'monitors' these forums. I don't have a lot of faith that they will see
this (my suggestion for a software only fix) but just in case ...

My idea is to have the FWD open just slightly and then pause for a bit and -then- open fully.
My observation is that the reason for the water flowing into the passenger compartment is
that the water on top of the door runs down the door and the sheer quantity of it overwhelms
the capacity of the existing water channel .... so it overflows and runs into the car.

I don't know how long that pause should be - that's for some engineer to test and determine.
I also don't know how far the door should open before it pauses. Other potential 'options'
-might- be to have it "just know" when to pause and when not to ... such as "if the wipers
have been on in the past half hour" or "if the windshield is wet (wiper sensor)" or what ever.
I don't even know if it will work best if the driver is tasked with telling the car to pause when
necessary.
One of the beauties of this proposal is that it is "software only".

I have heard that there are replacement seals that supposedly fix this. I'm skeptical about
that since the real problem is the amount of water streaming down off the top of the door
when you open it and I just don't believe that any change to the seals themselves would
fix the amount of over flow I'm seeing. I'm willing to try them and will contact service
about them.

Another possible factor is that I have had my car "ceramiced" and it is possible that the
beaded up water standing on my car is more than the engineers understand will be there.

I will try the new seals - and report back. And I'll try to figure out how to "get to" someone
from Tesla to hear my suggestion.

TESLA - if you are listening and have heard this ... please let me know!
- Jim in the PNW
 
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