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My door handle is stuck -- What do I do?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Mr. PlugShare, Jan 5, 2018.

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  1. Mr. PlugShare

    Mr. PlugShare PlugShare Maniac & Active Member

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    I noticed this just now on my Tesla. The door handle on the right rear side isn't folding out like usual. My car is unlocked, and all the others are working. I can only open it from the inside though. It is also making a grinding noise. I'm guessing that it is the cold but does anyone have other ideas? IMG_0790.JPG
     

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    It's the cold. Set it to not auto present for a while until it's not -25
     
  3. MP3Mike

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    Does the grinding noise stop when you lock the car? If not, the paddle gear is probably broken and needs to be replaced.
     
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    I’ve had all four handles fail over the years. They tended to misbehave for a while, but then they always eventually completely failed. So if it does start working normally I would be prepared for it to act up again.
     
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    When that happened to my driver's door handle, I used a piece of duct tape to pull the handle out to the "presented" position and then tied a piece of para-cord around the handle so I could manually pull it out. That way I could open the driver's door until I was able to get into the service center for the repair.
     
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    Most likely a door handle failure where the wire has worn from the handle going in and out. I had mine replaced 3 months ago. It was a pain due to the fact that it was the front drivers door. I had to leave the window open in the garage at home or go through the passenger side to open the window in order to open the door from the inside when not at home. Took them a couple of hours to replace mine.
     
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    Should be covered under warranty if it is within 4 years.
     
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    Wespen, is right its the Paddle/Pivot Gear which is a $1 part. Just fixed mine last weekend. you might want to get four while you are there. Also pick up the microswitch assembly which will fail at about the same time. See this video for details.

     
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    If you're no longer under guarantee and want a garage to fix it Simon Andre Vehicules Electriques in Trois-Rivieres will do the job for less than Tesla.
     
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    I had the exact same thing happen a couple of years ago. You can pop out the handle using a card and then put a piece of string behind the handle and let it close. You can use the string to open and close. You will then want to leave your keys out of range and pull on the handle and play with it. You are not trying to open the door. You are trying to get the motor to catch the handle and stop running. I was able to do it with no problems. If you don't get the handle motor to stop it will keep running.
     
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    Mr. PlugShare PlugShare Maniac & Active Member

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    Thanks for the advice!
     
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    I had two of mine fail in the last couple of months - first the drivers and then the drivers side rear - my car is just under three years old so still under warranty. Those two doors are used WAY more often than the other side. Took about 90 minutes at the service centre.

    Why would you even try to do this yourself (unless you were far from a Service Centre)? Isn’t pretty much everyone still under warranty?
     
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    No, lots of people have gone past 50k miles and are out of warranty.
     
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    Don’t you also get four years for stuff like this?
     
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    Nope, 4-years or 50k miles whichever comes first.
     
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    I hope my passenger side ones fail in the next year. I am only at 37,000km and I got my car three years ago this week.
     
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    We stuck in a piece of cardboard. We'll leave it there until we check it in. IMG_0933.JPG
     
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    There's also this thread that gives several tips. (It's more about the microswitches but it also give tips about how to access and remove the door handle mechanism.) It takes about two hours to remove, repair, and replace. I did it twice.
     
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    Tesla replaced it yesterday, now every handle works well
     

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