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Roadster Charge Port Door Stuck Shut

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by Volta, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. Volta

    Volta Member

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    ... any tips on how to unstick it so I can charge my car back up before tomorrow's run?

    Tried searching the threads, but couldn't see anything on point.

    Thanks in advance.
    Volta.
     
  2. wiztecy

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    If its the lock that won't release, try getting a flat plastic object and place it in the crack of the rear part of the charge port door. The black locking mechanism is on the rear inside facing part of the charge port and a little favored towards the bottom. If you can get the plastic piece in there just right you may be able to manually retract the (black) locking shaft to release the charge port door if its stuck.

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  3. gregd

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    Wait, there's a lock? Mine is just stiff, or at least that's what I assumed. Need two fingers to pry it open, and keep it from springing back closed again.
     
  4. wiztecy

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    Its not the type of locking mechanism that "locks" when the car is locked, its just a click lock to keep it closed. You can open the charge port door even if the car is armed.

    If this black locking mechanism is jammed for some odd reason, it may not let the charge port open. If its not that then its binding at the hinge.
     
  5. Doug_G

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    Sometimes they do get stiff, and a little vaseline can be used to lubricate it. Doesn't help if it's stuck shut though.
     
  6. MLAUTO

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    You can reach around the back side and pull the locking arm back to release it. It is just a pin and a spring to push it towards the door latch. Here are some pics from the rear. You can see the pin in both the in and out position. SAM_3880.JPG SAM_3881.JPG
     
  7. Volta

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    All this input was very helpful, folks. And gave me the courage to apply a little more elbow grease and, hey presto, as if by magic, it is open.

    Before receiving the wisdom of the group, I was worried about pulling too hard, snapping some sort of latch, and ending up breaking something which meant I couldn't charge even if I got the flap to open.

    Going forwards, I will grease with Vaseline when I can, to make the mechanism operate a little more smoothly, like it used to.

    Thanks again, all. Problem solved (easily and without cost: the best way).
    Volta.
     
  8. evp

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    Take it over to the Service Center and have them tweak it. I had this same experience two days after I got the car. At night, in the rain, at the the Cheyenne SC on my first road trip. Called the nice people at the Tesla help line, they said you could encourage it to open by pushing on the back of the door while clicking on the open-sesame button on the charger. That finally worked, but I had it in at the Service Center for adjustment the second I got back. It's been fine since.
     
  9. Habious

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    Not on your Roadster you didn't. :)
     
  10. thefortunes

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    And you would think the giant PICTURE above might have been a clue :confused:
     
  11. MLAUTO

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    Use some compressed air and a blow gun to remove any dirt from the sliding pin (car side), and then apply some graphite lock lube. Make sure the pin moves in and out smoothly. Grease and vaseline will just attract more dirt. You can use it on the door latch arm if you want, but keep it off of the pin.
     
  12. evp

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    Oops. <quietly places face in palm and walks away>
     
  13. thefortunes

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    :wink: Happens to the best of us
     
  14. Doug_G

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    I changed the thread title to say "Roadster". Safety first.
     

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