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Tesla door handle failure - pivot gear (anyone have one I can buy?)

Discussion in 'Model S' started by diaretical, Apr 13, 2017.

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  1. Manzacoty

    Manzacoty Member

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    You'll be fine. If it's the rear door you don't need to remove the window. Just watch the videos, take your time and you'll be fine.

    Feel free to post on here if you get into any trouble and one of us can help out.
     
  2. strider

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    Thanks everyone. Repair is completed. 2.5 hours start to finish. It was the driver's door so the window had to come out. Note to @KIKGAZ the interior window seal does need to come out - otherwise there isn't room to pull the window out since the brackets stay on it.

    We did spend a bit of time getting the window alignment correct on the reinstall. I would recommend taking a crayon or something and marking where the seal touches the window before you remove it. That way you can get it aligned again. We had to mess with it for a while to get everything set.

    Otherwise the door handle repair was simple. The Boost Bros' video was great. I also used the Light Harmonic video on remove the interior door panel.
     
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  3. MP3Mike

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    The window doesn't have to come out... @Btr_ftw, otherwise know as Car Guru, just posted a video showing his tricks to R&R the handle without taking the window out:
     
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  4. strider

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    Nice find! Didn't think about pulling the trim piece to get to that top bolt.
     
  5. DC Doc

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    Hopefully this DYI is helpful when the rear door handle will not present. It is very common for the white wire on the microswitch to break.
     
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  6. Marc_GA

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    Well, my rear right is not extending. Called Tesla and 1042845-00-A has been replaced with 1042845-00-B. The newer part (1042845-00-B) is on back-order with over 2000 needed and no ETA.

    Guess I'm going without working doors for a while as the alternative ($750 module replacement) isn't acceptable to me.
     
  7. Brutaka

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    Is this "B" piece supposed to be better? Has anyone proven it to be better? Is it meant for the newer (gen 3) door handles or can it be n the older door handles?
     
  8. Edo102

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    I can confirm that the B version is a direct replacement. Presumably it was designed to be more durable, but I guess only time will tell.
     
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  9. Naonak

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    My drivers handle failed this weekend on my P90DL. Taking it in to the service center today.

    Man, what a pain in the ass.

    I wonder if I can convince them to replace all 4 handles with the B version.
     
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    Let us know if you were successful.
     
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    They said Bs were standard since 2015... so they only replaced the one.
     
  12. Brutaka

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    Makes me wonder if anyone had their Bs replaced and if the cables truly are thicker.
     
  13. JMG

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    For what it's worth, mine is an April 2015 build and my driver's side door handle paddle gear failed a few weeks ago.
     
  14. Brutaka

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    Not bad for it being 3 years old.
     
  15. Naonak

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    Not bad?? I should think it should NEVER fail. 3 years is kind of ridiculous for a pivot gear in a door.
     
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  16. Barry

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    You're a few months behind schedule. My April 2015 went a few months ago.

    Door handle working? It'll break "soon..."
     
  17. Brutaka

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    Well I meant for these cars specifically. But yes that is bad in a broader sense.
     
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    Hi
    Can you tell me how to order this part?
    Looking forward to your answer
    Best regards
     
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