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Troubleshooting list for door handles?


Jul 26, 2016
Anyone know if there is a "troubleshooter" for the Tesla door handles? Like, "If the door opens when the door handles present, it's likely this" or "door handle won't present"?

In my case, my 2014 Model S driver's door has a Gen 3 door handle (it was replaced 3 years ago), and it sometimes will present, sometimes not, sometimes goes part way out. Otherwise, it functions properly (e.g. door opens with pressure on it). I'd prefer not to disassemble the door twice (once to find out what is wrong, once when parts arrive), if it is pretty clear what the issue might be.


Active Member
Dec 17, 2012
Cary, NC
I suspect Gen 3 might have a different list than priors. That list of symptoms isn't common and maybe Gen 3 specific. The reports are that Gen 3 are more bullet proof so less experience on here. Maybe just suck up the $300?

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