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Receding door handles in winter

Discussion in 'Model S' started by benraemon, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. benraemon

    benraemon New Member

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    I don't know if this has been covered before but does Tesla have some way for preventing the door handles from freezing shut in the wintertime? Is there some sort of heater? I would be really annoyed if I came back to my car after it snowed to find that the handles frozen over and unable to get in!
     
  2. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    This has crossed my mind too. I live in the Ozarks and we often get severe freezing rain/sleet and then snow on top of that. While I can usually park in my garage at home or the covered area of the parking garage at work, occasionally I do have to leave the vehicle outside and it ends up covered in ICE--often bad enough that even opening the door is a challenge. I wonder if we'll have to develop some sort of cover for the door handles to prevent them from freezing over.
     
  3. Mycroft

    Mycroft Life happens

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    Geesh, this again? Yes, this has been covered before but I'm too lazy to copy the links. You can pre-heat the inside of the car with your remote control and Elon has said that the door handles will have a small amount of heat going to them to prevent freeze over. Even if they aren't heated, your key fob will unlock the door and all you have to do is press in on the handle, which should free it from the ice.
     
  4. goyogi

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    If I pee on the handles is there corrosion protection?
     
  5. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Please save that for the new diesels - they need the urea refill from time to time :wink:
     
  6. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Good to know.
     

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