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Model X front door wind behavior

Discussion in 'Model X' started by Waverider, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. Waverider

    Waverider Member

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    Very windy days are common here in the desert. Gusts are regularly 20-30mph. Seems like most cars have dinged or have been dinged by somebody's door getting caught by the wind and swinging open uncontrollably. You learn try and park strategically so that the wind will be pushing the door closed rather than open. However most parking lots seem to be perfectly designed to maximize the amount of wind blowing into your doors and minimize the effectiveness of front windshield sunshades (that's a whole 'nother issue though).

    Do any Model X owners have experience with their X in the wind? What is the behavior of the front doors? Can the car tell the difference between a human pushing the door open versus wind? Will the doors stop before they hit another car? I've read that in normal conditions they will prevent themselves from opening into another car but how does that translate into adverse conditions?

    I'm not worried about the falcon wing doors, they'll put an end to doors smashing shut on your legs as you put kids in their car seats in the wind.
     
  2. Waverider

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    Bringing this thread back from the dead since it's another windy day here in the desert. Now that there are significantly more X's in the wild, maybe somebody can shed some light on this...
     
  3. outie

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    I believe the car cannot differentiate between wind and your hand pushing the door. I was definitely able to open the door from the screen and then push it outward manually to (gently) touch the car next to mine, so a strong wind will do the same (but not gently).
     
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  4. ccutrer

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    It can get fairly windy in my area. I'd say the doors treat wind the same as they treat a steep hill you park on. When you first open them, they'll easily go to the distance they detect as open. Then they try to resist you. You have to kind of jiggle it in the opposite direction to unlock it, and let it swing freely. We actually had a problem where the passenger door always thought it was closed, and would become near impossible to move in either direction. In normal conditions you don't even notice this behavior. I'd say the easiest to repro is to park on a steep uphill, and open the door almost all the way. Then to close, you have to push out slightly first, cause it's resisting slamming closed on you.

    All that to say, yes, there are smarts in the door to not get away from you, but in super high wind areas I wouldn't rely on it, because it has to release at some point, and then it's just a normal door.

    But yeah, the FWDs are amazing for windy situations. Zero worries about them slamming in either direction.
     
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