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No can drive: "the electrical system is unable to support all features"

AJMi

Member
Aug 5, 2021
6
21
Washington DC
Would love to hear any ideas about why our Model 3 won't drive. Two error messages:

"The electrical system is unable to support all features. Shutting down features to conserve energy"
and...
"Please wait while vehicle systems power up. Press brake pedal for 30 seconds to drive"

Welp, pressing the brake for 30, 60, 90 seconds does not help. Heck holding it for 20 minutes doesn't help.

Other things we tried: Reset with the click wheels, reset with the click wheels + brake, power down from the security menu, install the software update.

It's a 2020 Model 3 long range with 6,000 miles and an 85 percent charge.

Made a service appointment but it is three weeks away.

Any ideas would be welcome!
 

TLLMRRJ

Active Member
Dec 19, 2019
2,052
2,450
Houston
Okay, so we spent six hours in Chico yesterday. They determined that our "power bottle" was failing. I gather this component is involved in the cooling system that maintains the temperature in the computer, and importantly for our error messages, the high-voltage system. So we have a new power bottle and a bunch of labor. This is the first repair the car has required in 3 years and 61,000 miles, but it was an expensive one. On the road again!

PS: Since I already bought a 12V battery, I had them stick it in. They said they usually need it by 3 years, so why not? No further charge for that work.

That's pretty sad that the cooling system had a problem in that time period. You'd be hard pressed to find an ICE car that would have a cooling system failure that soon, and they're dealing with much higher temps and pressures.

What was the final bill?
 
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stopcrazypp

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Dec 8, 2007
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That's pretty sad that the cooling system had a problem in that time period. You'd be hard pressed to find an ICE car that would have a cooling system failure that soon, and they're dealing with much higher temps and pressures.

What was the final bill?
Actually it's pretty easy to find given the lower end of average water pump lifetime is around that many miles (60k), given that coincides with timing belt replacement (usually replaced together). Just from a few seconds of googling:
Five Signs Your Water Pump Is Failing - J&M Transmission & Auto Service
How long does a water pump last?

Real world examples:
Water Pump Bad at such low miles
My Water Pump going out at 50k miles?
Water pump leaking at 60k miles
 
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TLLMRRJ

Active Member
Dec 19, 2019
2,052
2,450
Houston
Actually it's pretty easy to find given the lower end of average water pump lifetime is around that many miles (60k), given that coincides with timing belt replacement (usually replaced together). Just from a few seconds of googling:
Five Signs Your Water Pump Is Failing - J&M Transmission & Auto Service
How long does a water pump last?

Real world examples:
Water Pump Bad at such low miles
My Water Pump going out at 50k miles?
Water pump leaking at 60k miles

Well, so much for being more reliable than ICE cars, right?
 
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stopcrazypp

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Dec 8, 2007
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Well, so much for being more reliable than ICE cars, right?
Well the claim is there is less maintenance (at least mandatory ones), but Teslas were never "reliable" as car brands go especially when you include all issues (not just focus on drivetrain/battery which Tesla has a decent warranty on vs your typical ICE powertrain warranty).
 
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pbmyp

New Member
Aug 30, 2021
1
0
USA
Hmmm, I'd like to be sympathetic, but several red flags popped up. A new member, with some kind of major problem, and reporting error messages that are completely unlike the wording typically used for these kinds of problems. Maybe there's some paraphrasing going on? I've never heard
"The electrical system is unable to support all features. Shutting down features to conserve energy"
and...
"Please wait while vehicle systems power up. Press brake pedal for 30 seconds to drive" as being error messages that tesla uses. Perhaps these are just hat the OP remembers, and the actual messages were different. And roadside assistance calls going to voicemail? I've never heard of that before.

Anyway, I'd vouch for the 12v battery being the culprit as others have. Weird things happen right before it goes out.
For what it's worth, I found this thread by googling the exact phrasing because we just got the same message on our Model Y (which also happens to have 6000 miles on it) this morning. So, there's a second data point for ya.
 
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jjrandorin

Moderator, Model 3, Tesla Energy Forums
Nov 28, 2018
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For what it's worth, I found this thread by googling the exact phrasing because we just got the same message on our Model Y (which also happens to have 6000 miles on it) this morning. So, there's a second data point for ya.

But if you had looked 2 more posts past the one you quoted, you would see that the person you quoted retracted that statement.

I retract my red flag comments. Thanks for looking that up.
 
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Iadam

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Aug 31, 2021
1
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Santa Clara
I Googled the phrase "the electrical system is unable to support all features" and besides this thread, found this:

Same for "please wait while vehicle systems power up" and found this:

And finally, "press brake pedal for 30 seconds to drive" and this was a hit:
https://www.reddit.com/r/TeslaModel3/comments/lb4jpw
Just got all of those error messages at once about 15 minutes ago. Wouldn’t let me turn the car on.

Going to charger now to see if charging will change the situation.
 
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CharleyBC

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Jun 28, 2019
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Talent, OR
Just got all of those error messages at once about 15 minutes ago. Wouldn’t let me turn the car on.

Going to charger now to see if charging will change the situation.
Sorry if this is a dumb question, but if the car wouldn't turn on (ours wouldn't either when we got this), then how were you going to a charger?

In any case, how did this turn out for you? I hope you're back on the road!
 
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SOCABOY

New Member
Mar 1, 2020
1
0
Toronto
Would love to hear any ideas about why our Model 3 won't drive. Two error messages:

"The electrical system is unable to support all features. Shutting down features to conserve energy"
and...
"Please wait while vehicle systems power up. Press brake pedal for 30 seconds to drive"

Welp, pressing the brake for 30, 60, 90 seconds does not help. Heck holding it for 20 minutes doesn't help.

Other things we tried: Reset with the click wheels, reset with the click wheels + brake, power down from the security menu, install the software update.

It's a 2020 Model 3 long range with 6,000 miles and an 85 percent charge.

Made a service appointment but it is three weeks away.

Any ideas would be welcome!
Just ran I to this today. Jumped in my car and this message popped up. Along with " schedule service to replace low voltage battery". My appt is only a week out and the car still drives. But not taking a chance to drive it for it to die on me.
 
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johnsonrs12

New Member
Jul 30, 2021
2
0
Port Saint Lucie
Hmmm, I'd like to be sympathetic, but several red flags popped up. A new member, with some kind of major problem, and reporting error messages that are completely unlike the wording typically used for these kinds of problems. Maybe there's some paraphrasing going on? I've never heard
"The electrical system is unable to support all features. Shutting down features to conserve energy"
and...
"Please wait while vehicle systems power up. Press brake pedal for 30 seconds to drive" as being error messages that tesla uses. Perhaps these are just hat the OP remembers, and the actual messages were different. And roadside assistance calls going to voicemail? I've never heard of that before.

Anyway, I'd vouch for the 12v battery being the culprit as others have. Weird things happen right before it goes out.
Great observation, however this person’s error message was identical. Nice effort though.
 
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