Troubleshooting Tesla Window Not Closing

Troubleshooting Tesla Window Not Closing: Causes and Solutions

Have you ever found the window not closing even if you have closed the door in Tesla? If so, this guide is for you!

The reason why the Tesla window not closing fully is due to the freezing climate, door not close, incorrectly aligned door frame’s striker, debris in the window edges, or loosen up puddle light.

To fix the issue, you’ll need to take some actions. In this guide, I’ll explain the causes of this issue and give solutions in detail so that you can fix it yourself. Let’s get started!

Troubleshooting Tesla Window Not Closing

The Reasons Why Tesla Windows Is Not Closing Fully!

To close Tesla windows, you just need to press the button that makes them go up. However, if this doesn’t work, it means there might be a problem with the window or another part. After studying the issue, here are some common reasons why this happens:

Cause #1: Cold Weather

Sometimes the outside temperature below zero degrees can cause the windows to go up entirely and then down slightly.

In freezing weather, the window trim can face scraping when you open the door as the edges will be frozen. To prevent this, the car’s window does not close fully when you lock the door.

How To Fix?

  • Defrost the Car: Use the Tesla app and click on Climate. Then, find the option called Defrost Car and then hit on it. Or press Controls > Climate Control and then click on the Defrost button on the car’s screen. Wait for the car to melt down the ice.
Tesla Window Cold Weather problem
  • Use Hydrophobic Coating on Windows: Contact the Tesla Service Center and appoint a meeting to add a hydrophobic coating to the side and rear windows (not the front). That way you can ensure no damage to the window trim area.

Avoid using tint or coating from third-party which blocks UV rays as tint voids the Tesla warranty.

Cause #2: Door Not Closed Properly

This kind of issue can occur due to a user error who doesn’t close the door correctly. If that happens, the windows may slightly open up.

How To Fix?

Just close the door properly by using slight force in Model S or X cars. However, you might need to slam the door hard on Model 3 or Y cars.

Cause #3: Misaligned Door Frame’s Striker

When the striker on the car’s door frame seems to rub on the bottom of the door catch, this can cause the window to slightly open up.

It’s because the car thinks the door isn’t closed and so gives a signal by opening the window glass a little. You can easily see it if using a flashlight on the door frame.

How To Fix?

To troubleshoot the issue, you’ll need to adjust the striker on the door frame. Start by, opening the door and using the T45 Torx bit socket in the socket wrench to detach the 2 bolts.

adjust the striker on the door frame
Image: teslaownersonline.com

After the striker on the door frame loosens up, align it properly. Then, insert the bolts and tighten them up using the same socket wrench. Ensure it’s in the center of the door catch. Once it’s done, do the same thing on other doors (if needed).

Cause #4: Dirt Trapped in the Window Edges

If the window edges contain accumulated dirt, it causes friction which triggers the safety mechanism on the window. Due to this, it blocks the window glass to close fully.

How To Fix?

Get a 70% isopropyl alcohol cleaner that is made for car application. Then, use a clean microfiber towel that is soft and sleek to avoid scratching the car’s window edge or a brush.

Next, make a mixture using 2 cups of water in a bowl and put 1 cup of rubbing alcohol. After that, transfer the mixture into the spray bottle and spray it on the towel. Then, wipe it gently (use the dry part) on the window edges and ensure no visible dirt is left there.

Cause #5: Puddle Light Is Disconnected

When the puddle light on the bottom of the door is disconnected, it causes the Tesla window to go up after opening the door. Because of it, the screen may show the message (Close Center Console Gently).

How To Fix?

You can resolve the issue of Tesla windows opening when the door opens by changing the puddle light or realigning it properly. To do that, you’ve to locate the puddle light which is at the bottom of the door panel.

Then, use a flat screwdriver to remove the puddle light and discover the wire plug. After that, insert the same tool to detach the wire plug from the puddle light.

Now, reattach the wire plug into the puddle light and place it properly in the door panel. If needed, replace the puddle light by inserting the new one into the wire plug.

How To Calibrate Tesla Windows?

The resets option is only given in the Model 3 and Y cars. Via this, you can fix system errors that fail to open or close the windows properly in the Tesla. Here’s how to do it:

  • Step 1: Firstly, close the door with the problematic window.
  • Step 2: Then, get inside the car and sit in the driver’s seat. Next, close the driver’s door.
  • Step 3: After that, use the window’s switch on the driver’s door to raise the window until it goes up fully. Then, lower the window using the window’s switch until it goes down fully.
  • Step 4: Lastly, repeat Step 3 one time and then stop. If the window still doesn’t close or open fully, then do the whole procedure a few times.

Ending Note

The problem of the Tesla window not closing completely is solvable if you can find the root cause. All you need to do is reset the windows (only for Model 3 and Y) and then inspect them carefully to understand the reason.

And then, it’ll be easier for you to troubleshoot the issue. Hope you find this guide informative and be sure to try the above solution at home. Good Luck!

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