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Piece of plastic from charge door, what is this?

ZooSean

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Feb 16, 2018
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Markham, Canada
There is price of plastic falling from the charge door, what is this? Is it important? Do I need stick it back?
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Birdman325

Member
Aug 15, 2017
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552
Toronto, Canada
I don’t have a model 3 yet but I recently watched a YouTube video where someone had the same issue, the little diamond piece of “plastic?” fell off.
Not sure if it was related, but he was not able to charge until he stuck it back in place. Again, may have been a coincidence but once he stuck it back in place he was able to charge. While it was out, he couldn’t charge.
Just saying.
 

ZooSean

ZOO
Feb 16, 2018
859
289
Markham, Canada
I think it is magnet which acts as sensor for door closing. Yes, you need to glue it back.

Why did it fall, because it was not glues in properly and you are not the first one.

It is not magnet at all. I tested against a metal. And the charge door closing and opening detected correctly. I did not try to charge the car without it. I will try tonight.
 

gavine

Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast
Apr 1, 2014
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2,137
Philadelphia, PA
I don’t have a model 3 yet but I recently watched a YouTube video where someone had the same issue, the little diamond piece of “plastic?” fell off.
Not sure if it was related, but he was not able to charge until he stuck it back in place. Again, may have been a coincidence but once he stuck it back in place he was able to charge. While it was out, he couldn’t charge.
Just saying.

 
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dckiwi

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Aug 12, 2016
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There is price of plastic falling from the charge door, what is this? Is it important? Do I need stick it back?
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Wow, this is crazy. I just logged on tonight to post the *exact* same question, and I see this post at the top of the list.

My 7 y/o son came in from the garage and sheepishly told me that 'a little piece of your car fell off'. He had apparently been messing with the charger door. I agree with the others here - it appears to be just plastic but it must do something more. I hate to bust out the Gorilla Glue on my new Model3, but I guess that's the only way to go.....
 

ZooSean

ZOO
Feb 16, 2018
859
289
Markham, Canada
Wow, this is crazy. I just logged on tonight to post the *exact* same question, and I see this post at the top of the list.

My 7 y/o son came in from the garage and sheepishly told me that 'a little piece of your car fell off'. He had apparently been messing with the charger door. I agree with the others here - it appears to be just plastic but it must do something more. I hate to bust out the Gorilla Glue on my new Model3, but I guess that's the only way to go.....

I just used a carpet double tape to put it back on.. My automobile quality double tape is too thick, I am afraid it will cause leakage on the charging door.

That pcs is used for you to tap the charging door, and it opens up, nothing else. If you lose that pcs, you can still open the charging door on the screen, on the phone or on the Tesla charging gun.
 

novox77

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Nov 25, 2017
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NH, MA
Mine fell off last night. It's like Tesla scheduled for these things to come loose at the same time. I got some Scotch Extreme Mounting Tape. Double-sided and super sticky.

I can charge fine without that piece. I can hear the charge port click a couple times before stopping - maybe confused about not detecting that piece. I don't see any errors on screen. I suspect a recent firmware update changed the behavior to continue to allow charging without issue.
 
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ZooSean

ZOO
Feb 16, 2018
859
289
Markham, Canada
Mine fell off last night. It's like Tesla scheduled for these things to come loose at the same time. I got some Scotch Extreme Mounting Tape. Double-sided and super sticky.

I can charge fine without that piece. I can hear the charge port click a couple times before stopping - maybe confused about not detecting that piece. I don't see any errors on screen. I suspect a recent firmware update changed the behavior to continue to allow charging without issue.

Be careful for any tape which is thicker than paper. I have a similar tape but I found the door is not closed properly after using it for that piece. I ended up using a Capet double sided tape.

I know it may not resist the heat, but I don’t want my charge door leak the water and I ended up need replace the whole charging port..
 

Kcharwood

Member
Oct 22, 2016
256
312
Austin, TX
Mine fell off a few weeks ago. Tesla replaced the whole charge port door.

They kept telling me it was a sensor. I laughed and didn’t believe them.
 

lupend88

Member
Jul 7, 2017
340
415
Portland
Wow so glad I came in here to see this thread, thank you OP. Mine fell off about one week into ownership and oddly enough the chargeport will not open with clicking the button on the charger- it will only open via the app or by telling it to open in my car.
 

voip-ninja

Give me some sugar baby
Mar 15, 2012
4,124
4,698
Colorado
This just happened to mine too. Guess I will gorilla glue it back on and possibly use a small plastic clamp to keep it in place and let it really set up.

If it falls off again I'll make Tesla replace the charge port... by then they might have a revised version of the part.
 

Dallas701

Member
Jul 10, 2018
20
14
CA
Read somewhere else that the little plastic piece let you open the charge port by pushing the charge port door. Mine fell off couple of days ago. Just some super glue and all is good.
 

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