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Windows/Doors won't open in cold weather

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by mrjedistud, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. mrjedistud

    mrjedistud Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    New York
    Hey guys. Anyone else experience this.

    In freezing weather I couldn't open my doors. After playing around I realized its because the windows (which normally open slightly when you pull the handle) were not dropping down. This in turn caused the windows to get stuck on the chrome lip. I am assuming that either the cold or possibly ice froze up some of the window mechanics in the door itself. I tried preheating the car and it helped on one door, but the others were still stuck. Not a huge deal as the weather eventually warmed up and I usually drive solo, but was a bit annoying.
  2. scottm

    scottm Active Member

    Jun 13, 2014
    maybe a Model S: Interior & Exterior story?
    moderator could help move it
  3. Max*

    Max* Charging

    Apr 8, 2015
    I had this happen once or twice when it rained and my car was parked outside, the windows would freeze, and I'd have to either pull a little harder (the chrome is weak, so the window will go under it with a little force) or chisel my way out.

    There was another thread, someone said they had it on another frameless window car too.
  4. NovemberXray

    NovemberXray Member

    Apr 21, 2016
    Portland, OR
    Yep, preheat and use a credit card to slide down between glass and door, this usually will clear the thin layer of ice and free the window.
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  5. CinRedMan

    CinRedMan Member

    Aug 28, 2017
    Dayton, Ohio
    Having the same issues with my MS. Note, I also had this problem my BMW 330Ci (Convertible), so this really isn't unique to Tesla.

    I do question the "quality" of the material Tesla is using for the glass sweep. Now, with this said, the recommendation of using a CreditCard to break things free is great advice. DO NOT hit the top edge of the glass with anything; you will not like the results :-(
  6. Brass Guy

    Brass Guy Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    Holbrook, MA
    Ya, this happened to me too.
    I was thinking about it as I went to open a door though. I thought I'd read that someone opened a door forcing the window under the trim, then when the door was closed the window smashed. I don't know if this is true but I won't take any chances.
    I popped the driver's door open and didn't close it until the window control worked; then worked the rest of the windows.
    I'll have to try the credit card trick next time, good idea!

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