Normally when we talk about a repair of a problem that a vehicle has, we think about the expense that we must make taking the car to a mechanic, however, this is not the norm when we talk about repairing a Tesla car.
What makes a Tesla car different when it comes to repairs?
We have seen how the American electric car company Tesla has done everything possible so that the owners of their cars can repair the problems that their vehicles present themselves. This is the answer to the fact that most of the problems that these electric vehicles present can be repaired with a simple reboot of the system in just a few minutes.
How to fix problems with your Tesla car
For Tesla owners and people who are waiting to buy a new unit, we have prepared a list of common problems that we have found researching the networks, this list contains the possible solutions to repair these problems so that we are all prepared in any case the scenario that the car present.
It is important to emphasize that if the resolution indicated in this guide solves the problem for us, you must call and make an appointment at your nearest Service Center.
Before starting the list of common problems I am going to illustrate how the various system resets are done on a Tesla car. Normally restarting the system tends to repair all the problems that the vehicle presents, you can also use the car manual or the Tesla DYI guide at any time.
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Restart/shutdown procedures for a Tesla car
Try these steps in this order, most problems can be solved by a basic restart:
Hold down both buttons on the steering wheel until the screen turns black, and keep pressing until the Tesla logo appears. Then let it go.
Hold down the two buttons on the steering wheel and press the brake until the screen turns black. Keep pressing until the Tesla logo appears. Then let it go.
In-Vehicle controls -> Safety and security> Shut down (wait 2-3 minutes before pressing the brake). Or leave it off overnight but plugged in). This often fixes some problems with the Autopilot / Cruise not available”.
Common problems and how to fix them
Here are some common problems that Tesla cars have and how to solve them. The Reedit support guide will be used and we will add several data from our experience handling different of these cases. We are not responsible if you damage your vehicle using this guide, my experience using this guide has been successful on several occasions with problems that arise to different readers with their Tesla cars. We encourage you to contact your Service Center if you have any questions about using the guide below.
Wheel vibrating? Alignment concern? Disable Lane Departure Warning. If this is the problem, using the signal while making a lane change will temporarily disable the vibration.
Having trouble getting the app to wake up your car or unlock the doors? If you are within Bluetooth range (the app will say Connected under the phone key, except for Model S 2012), try to unlock your car from the app. This generally forces the vehicle to wake up. Sometimes turning on the phone’s screen will activate Bluetooth sync and open the doors. If that doesn’t work, turning Bluetooth off and on in your phone’s settings will immediately re-establish communication.
Also check that your privacy settings allow access “Always” and not just “While using the application” (if on iOS)
Did you notice one or two windows open when you got back to your car? They may need to be calibrated. Lower the windows down and hold the button down for a few seconds, then raise the windows and hold the button up for a few seconds.
Do you lose all sound in the cabin, including the flashing lights? Turn off the vehicle using the procedures listed on this page.
Slow loading? 99% of the time, a slow charge in SuperChargers is due to the battery not getting hot enough (if charged below 50% of the battery) even in warmer climates. You may also be sharing the Supercharger with another driver. Verify that your Tesla car is set for the maximum amperage the car can receive. Also in case you are using a Wall Charger, you need to check if it is configured correctly according to the manual. Usually, this is achieved by calibrating the wheel inside the charger where it has different numbers and letters that give way to more amperage.
Regeneration disabled warning message, traction control disabled, or other yellow warning pop-ups? Do a full car reset? While you are sitting parked, enter security. “Off”. Wait 3 minutes without touching any controls or opening a door.
Random sounds coming from the car. Click somewhere or pop-under your feet? Click Sound? – When supercharged, the vehicle will turn on the cooling fans depending on whether the battery is hot. Or if your car wakes up, the battery contactors click too. Not a concern Explosive sound in your Tesla car? – The top of the metal battery deforms and sometimes explodes when there is a significant enough temperature difference. Not a concern
Does the vehicle refuse to move or get out of gear? Check your trunk and doors.
Don’t get updates very often? Make sure you are constantly connected to WiFi when parked overnight. Some updates will not transfer over the mobile data network.
Will the Tesla car not switch to D, N, or R, and will you have more than one Tesla on your account? Make sure the vehicle you are sitting in is the one selected in the app.
Does the autopilot “apply light force” annoying? To fire, turn the wheel very slightly, but not hard enough to disable AP. Any interaction with any sensor or button or input to the steering column (stems, wheels, clicks, buttons, etc.) will eliminate the hassle.
Traction control disabled warning along with some others at the same time? Perform a hard reset of the MCU (see Reset procedures on this page). After the hard reboot, follow the “Shutdown” procedures. If errors persist, contact SC.
Foggy taillights? There is no real solution to this other than driving your car for longer periods. According to the Tesla service, this is both a feature and a design flaw. There is a vent in the taillights to exchange air while driving. If the mist/condensation remains for more than a couple of days, contact your SC.
The Model 3 charging cable won’t come loose or the red light on the charging port? There is a manual removal cable in the trunk behind the soft liner, pull it while pulling the cable to release it. The reboot is probably helpful too.
The Model 3 lock / unlock only works with an authenticated phone (not key fob or key card). If you unlock your Model 3 with an access card, you MUST re-lock it when you exit as it will not re-lock automatically. Please be aware when handing over the vehicle to a tire shop, friend, or valet.
No mobile access to the vehicle? When the car is factory reset, which is now a new option for the user in v9, mobile access is disabled by default. Not all delivery specialists know or remember to turn it on before delivery.
Check your settings in Controls> Security and Protection
Frunk won’t open? The latch seems stagnant? Probably a mechanical failure. There is a trick to opening the frunk by poking a pry tool into the crack of the frunk (don’t do it yourself, contact your local SC, a Tesla ranger service can do this).
Has something strange happened to the center display or the car’s functionality? Before searching, asking, or wasting time doing anything else (see Your Tesla Car Reset Procedures on this page). You can safely restart the MCU while driving, only you will have to go without a speedometer for about 20 seconds until the restart is complete (not recommended, stop in a safe place).
As you can see, many of the problems that Tesla cars present can be fixed with a simple system reboot. This technology is something never before seen with any car brand. It is impressive how the company is so far ahead of its competition, thanks to these attributes the satisfaction of the owners grows. Having a problem and being able to solve it easily gives them a certain kind of confidence.