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Transmission lever doesn't work sometimes

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by dano9258, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. dano9258

    dano9258 Member

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    I've had my car just 1 day under a month and have had this issue 2 different times now. So its not happening that often but it is slightly annoying. I get in like normal, put my foot on the brake and everything comes on. I then push the lever down to go to drive, and nothing. It happened about 2 weeks ago, and then again yesterday on my road trip to Utah. I have to shut the car off using the 'power off' button and when it restarts it works.
     
  2. gtmotor

    gtmotor Member

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    Mine used to do that on occasion with an earlier software build. I found I can get it in gear by tapping the card key on the console, even if the message didn't pop up. I've never done a hard restart on my car like that... I usually just reboot the main computer with the steering wheel controls.
     
  3. TurboCJ

    TurboCJ Member

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    @dano9258 I let a friend drive my car and she kept having gear issues too. I realized she was feeling the first “click” up or down on the lever and not pressing to the second and final “click” if that makes any sense.
     
  4. gambit48

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    I had it happen a couple times too, but I lump it under the same incident. Car was having issues staying connected to my phone. Ended up having to use my card to drive for a day. Mysteriously corrected itself by the next day.
     
  5. winsrufer

    winsrufer New Member

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    This happened to me may times. Based on my own reflection, it most likely happened when I tried to get in and drive too quickly, which resulted in me clicking on the gear shift a fraction of second before I press on the brake pedal. The easiest solution I found is to open the door for a second or two, close it, then try to drive again.
     
  6. SageBrush

    SageBrush 2018: Drain the Sewer

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    I've seen it too but infrequent. I think it is something I do rather than the car. Never had to restart, just go through the normal motions again.
     
  7. gambit48

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    LOL, I'm not counting the times when I get in and try to drive off too fast. That happens pretty much every day. Waiting two seconds is just too odd for my body if I'm in a rush.

    It's one reason why I just bought an ICE BMW a few days ago. It recognizes which driver is there based on the key, and it recognizes it instantly. Starts up as soon as I hit the start button as well. No delay. If the Germans can handle that bit of software, there's no reason a tech company like Tesla can't get it right (or better actually).
     
  8. ebmcs03

    ebmcs03 Active Member

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    My cousins car had to get the lever replaced. It would not engage Park. Replacing the lever fixed it.
     

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