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Scalding Hot Door Handles!

jlucero

Member
Jun 23, 2015
482
57
DALLAS
geez, we were in for a surprise on a hot texas day! my five year old pretty much burned his hand by touching the intensely hot door handle that was roasting under the texas sun for 5 hours! be careful if you guys are in hot areas with your children opening the door by themselves. need to bring a towel with me to open the doors!
 

Max*

Charging
Apr 8, 2015
6,670
3,719
NoVa
+1000 to this.

My daughter asked me or my wife to open the door for her after the car has been in the sun.
 
May 27, 2015
975
195
Parker, CO
Been there, too. Being a mile closer to the sun makes them handles into branding irons :)

I think we know the reason most every other door handle in the world is painted body color, or dark plastic.
 

mbaier

Member
Nov 2, 2014
121
5
Switzerland
So glad that this came up - the handles really do get way too hot. - even in Switzerland :) It's strange that this never came up during prototype testing in the hot California sun.
 

Khatsalano

Member
Mar 21, 2015
669
116
San Mateo, CA
I'm in California and this is also a known issue. The door handles do get quite hot and I wish they wouldn't.

But, if it's a choice between the current sexy look of the handles, and having some hotness to the touch, I'll take the aesthetic joy at the cost of physical discomfort. Maybe with the X and next version of handles, we will have the same sexy look without the heat.

- K
 

marcad80

Member
May 18, 2015
107
45
melbourne, fl
This has been discussed before on this forum. One of the best suggestions I remember was placing some felt on the inside of the door handle. I haven't done this yet, but I was planning on it.

What I have been doing in the meantime is making sure the air conditioner is on a while before entering the car. Use the app to turn it on while your still in the store or whatever. It seems like the excess pressure inside the car vents through the door handles and will do a pretty good job of cooling them down before you get there.
 

AmpedRealtor

Well-Known Member
Jun 30, 2013
6,397
3,370
Phoenix, AZ
I suppose Tesla could switch to plastic door handles that just look like chrome. That way they won't get hot.

To avoid this problem, pre-cool the vehicle using your app. Cool air circulates around the door handles and should make them tolerable on a hot day.
 

jlucero

Member
Jun 23, 2015
482
57
DALLAS
i do this in texas---turn on AC way before entering car, and it is still scalding hot! maybe it helps a bit but hard to cool 100 degree heat!
 

HHHH

Member
Jun 11, 2013
732
23
Henderson, NV
I usually pre-cool the car about 30-45 minutes before getting in the car. Obviously the handles get insanely hot here in Vegas, the pre-cool session last 30 minutes IIRC, so I usually have to cool more than once if I'm pre-cooling for 45 minutes. I've been toying with installing a small strip of felt in the inside of the handle where the hand would most likely touch it.
 

Sound's Good

Member
Sep 3, 2015
13
1
New Jersey
First time poster here (having just ordered a pre-owned S for delivery next week and still high from the test drive) gotta say this sounds like an aftermarket opportunity waiting for implementation.

Have some very good industrial, dark grey felt handy...it's all about the adhesive now, and I've got a fairly impressive collection of that, too.

:rolleyes:

Don't anybody touch those beautiful metal handles...
 

AuKirk

Member
Aug 16, 2015
28
0
Baltimore, MD
First time poster here (having just ordered a pre-owned S for delivery next week and still high from the test drive) gotta say this sounds like an aftermarket opportunity waiting for implementation.

I don't imagine there is any plan to address this... it certainly is a well documented issue, yet it appears the new Model X is maintaining the same chrome handles.
 

cmu5p

Member
Feb 3, 2015
233
44
Shenandoah Valley, VA
I'm in California and this is also a known issue. The door handles do get quite hot and I wish they wouldn't.

But, if it's a choice between the current sexy look of the handles, and having some hotness to the touch, I'll take the aesthetic joy at the cost of physical discomfort. Maybe with the X and next version of handles, we will have the same sexy look without the heat.

- K

lol. This statement reminded me of wearing four inch stilettos- painful but oh so worth it.
 

thecloud

As rhythm raced inside, the ship came alive
Nov 24, 2014
1,774
1,627
Sunnyvale, CA
Here in California, we're famously laid back and always wear our shirts untucked. So it's pretty easy to grab the handle with the bottom of my shirt, if it's a very hot day and the handle has been in the direct sun for a while.
 

tezzla

Supporting Member
Jul 14, 2013
651
283
SoCal
I've had my Tesla's through 3 summers here in LA and I've never had a problem with hot handles (and I park in the sun at work also).
 

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