Door opens by itself

Door opens by itself

I remember someone posted something about the door opening by itself, never happened to me until today! (more than 2200 miles on my car now)
I washed the car at home, then took it for a drive, stopped at a market, got something, came back to the car, when I got in, noticed that it says a door is open!
which one? Looked at the display, the right rear door is open. That's funny, since I mostly only open the driver door, and the left rear door to put stuff in.
Got out and walked around the car, sure enough, the right rear door is ajar for about 1 inch. Closed it. Drove home. Tried to finish drying the car, then got in the driver seat again, same story, the right rear door popped open again. Basically when I open the driver's door or tap the door handle, the right rear door also opens.

This repeated about 4 times total. Told my husband, went to the garage with a video camera in hand, but then of course, it did not do it again. He said he did not know the door can open by itself (not unlock, but physically open!) I guess it is a feature that may be added someday?

I wonder if it was due to some water getting somewhere it shouldn't? Anyone else seen this?

nickjhowe | June 29, 2014

Might be as simple as resetting the door handle controller, but it will need a service visit.

David Trushin | June 29, 2014

Door handle needs to be replaced. Schedule a service call.

gostling | July 9, 2014

I am having a similar door problem. While in the car in driver's seat, if I open my (front left) door, the front right door opens sometimes. This happens also when I'm entering the car, and I found out when I start driving because of the alert for a door ajar. This is a problem that started about a month ago, and seems to happen about once in ten times I open the driver door. It has rained heavily here in Oslo a few times recently but I don't think water incursion is the it happened twice today, with 30 degress Celsius and sunshine and I haven't washed the car for a while.
I just called Tesla support and they suggest I reboot and if it keeps happening take the car in for service.

Beavertail S | July 19, 2014

I've had the same problem, with left rear door. Service replaced the handle and it was fine until the last software update. Now it occasionally recurs when I open the rear hatch or place the car in park. Coincidence or a bug? I'll call for service again. Last time they gave me next day ranger service.

Archana | July 31, 2014

Add my car to the list. Driver's door unlatches itself when the handles open, either to auto-present or putting the car in park. So far only the driver's door, and only when the weather is hot (95F+), but given warm conditions, it happens consistently. Earliest available appointment at Fremont is Sep. 10.

chriscap | September 29, 2014

Passenger front door is opening on my car as well. Started right after the latest software update. It happens when I unlock the door or trunk using my key fob and also when I put the car in park. Very strange.

walt.lifsey | April 2, 2015

Last night while driving my P85D the drivers door popped open while vehicle was moving...quite a shock. The car had not seen any moisture in days. There were no messages on the display until after it opened. I had a service appointment already scheduled for today to deal with another issue ( car would not shut down after leaving it ) but this goes to the top of the list due to safety.

ToyVan | April 2, 2015

Same thing happened to me 2 days after taking delivery, but it was the passenger door. A ranger flew from Vegas to Utah the next day and replaced the locking mechanism. No problems since.

walt.lifsey | April 2, 2015

P85D dropped off at the service center....seemed to be something they were familiar with and they had confidence that it would be repaired today. Loaner was a rental mustang convertible from Enterprise....what a major step down...the Service Team apologized so many times for not being able to give me a Tesla to drive. Very satisfied so far with the service!

Brian H | April 2, 2015

Just tell them "Don't do it again!"

walt.lifsey | April 2, 2015

Honestly, having owned BMW M5's (2008, 2013) for the past 8 years I can safely say that I never had my BMW Dealer pay for a rental car if they didn't have a loaner car available. So, while I would have preferred a Tesla I am still very happy with the way I was treated. I have only been a Tesla owner for 6 days so my reference point is still something other than the Tesla experience and I hope I don't lose that perspective.

vlad22 | April 2, 2015

Had my passenger door come unlatched at speed. Tesla inspected and replaced the exterior door handle. Has not happened again.

Brian H | April 3, 2015

Portia, maybe it's because of your name!

cwberger75 | September 30, 2015

So, I bought a 2013 Tesla S a month ago as I needed commuter lane access immediately for my new job. About two weeks ago, the left front door starts opening itself every time I unlock the car or put it in gear. maddening. Trying to find time to go to service center to get fixed.

brec | September 30, 2015

@cwberger75, you got a Model X by mistake.

rogerhall59 | October 1, 2015

I had my passenger door open at 40 MPH shortly after delivery three weeks ago with 300 miles on the odometer. My 'wife was very upset. No rain or moisture. I called Tesla support and they claimed they never heard of this happening. Took it to Dublin for service. They couldn't find any error code or anything wrong. 1,000 miles later, no recurrence but my wife is still nervous.

jeff.schultz | November 25, 2015

Just picked up my car yesterday. It was fine at the pickup inspection, but as soon as I got it home, the passenger door started to pop-open every time the car unlocks. Called Tesla and was able to get a service appointment setup for Friday. Not a terribly big deal, but it seems like the problem is still out there...

David Trushin | November 25, 2015

I can't wait to see "door doesn't open by itself" on the model X forum.

mre5565 | March 8, 2017

Last week while driving, my driver's side front door unlatched.

Today, the car and the app said the rear, driver's side door was open even though it was visibly closed. This prevented the car from locking. Opening and closing it repeatable made the problem go away. Ten minutes later, the app said the alarm as on. Happened one more time today. Now using valet mode.

Have an appointment with the service center near tomorrow.