Despite its high price, the Tesla Model S has a host of problems that owners of other vehicles can relate to. Some common complaints are air suspension, the touchscreen display, door handles, and battery. Let’s explore some of the most common problems and solutions for them. A quick overview of these issues will help you better understand what people are talking about with their Model Ss.
Problems with Air Suspension
Tesla owners have complained about problems with their air suspension systems on their Model S vehicles. These problems typically affect the 2012 to 2017 model years. As a result, regulators have begun an investigation. According to the New York Times, there have been 33 reported cases of suspension parts breaking. It’s not clear exactly what caused the problem, but the carmaker has taken steps to remedy the problem behind the scenes.
According to one Tesla Model S customer, the air suspension failed after 58,896 miles on the odometer. Thankfully, the car was not carrying any children when the component failed. The suspension was one of several broken parts in the vehicle. One of the most common problems with air suspension is the failure of the air-strut, air-line, or air-fittings. The car owner must keep in mind that air-suspension failure is not a new issue for this vehicle, and it’s a common issue for many other vehicles, as well.
The Smart Air Suspension in the Tesla Model S features sensor-calibrated air suspension technology to keep the car at the correct height between the front and rear. This system is controlled by the Driver Profile on the touchscreen. It saves your settings when you change your ride height. However, if you have any issues with the suspension system, you can manually adjust the ride height using the air suspension controls on the dashboard. Afterwards, the system will restore the previous setting once you’re back behind the wheel.
Problems with Touchscreen Display
In recent years, a growing number of Tesla owners have reported problems with their car’s touchscreen display. These problems have been caused by a faulty memory chip in the touchscreen. Originally, this problem affected only certain Model S models delivered between 2012 and 2015, but now it is spreading. It has even resulted in lawsuits. Tesla has acknowledged the issue and is now replacing faulty MCUs with new ones.
The display on the Tesla Model S can become unresponsive or even black. If this happens, you should hold down the touchscreen buttons for about 30 seconds until the system restarts. If you can’t get the touchscreen to respond after a few minutes, you can try power cycling the car. If this doesn’t work, contact a Tesla dealer and they can diagnose the problem for you. Independent garages, however, may not have the proper diagnostic equipment to troubleshoot the issue.
Another possible cause for touchscreen problems on the Tesla Model S is system overload, which occurs when the Tesla’s computer system has too many things going on at once. This can be a frustrating problem, but the good news is that it is not deadly. Fortunately, if you’re experiencing problems with your touchscreen, it’s easy to fix. Just hold down the scroll buttons on the steering wheel for ten seconds. Within a minute, the touchscreen should be back up and functioning.
Problems with Door Handles
When your Tesla’s door handles don’t work correctly, you should contact Tesla to get a solution. The company can send a technician to fix the door handle for you, but this service is not available to every Tesla owner. Additionally, it depends on whether or not they can find the parts you need.
The door handle mechanism in a Tesla is complex, with several actuators and microswitches. Unfortunately, some of these components can break or fail after 20,000 miles. Some models have been known to have door handles that are more prone to failure. However, later models of the Tesla have fixed this problem.
The retractable door handles in the Model S are a source of many complaints from Tesla owners. A fatal Model S crash in Florida caused the driver to be unable to exit the vehicle when the battery caught fire.
Problems with Battery
The battery in Tesla’s Model S was found to have a flaw that could cause it to malfunction. When the battery in the car started to leak, it could short out the vehicle’s power and create a flammable residue. The problem was discovered in late 2012, but the company did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
The battery’s cooling tubes are a likely culprit, according to owners. Owners of the Model S have reported problems with these tubes, which have caused the car to catch fire. The NHTSA has opened a safety investigation into the issue, but documents are not available. In addition, Tesla hasn’t responded to Roadshow’s request for comment.
Tesla offers warranties on its batteries. These warranties cover the battery for a certain mileage and time frame. Depending on the model, a battery can last from eight years to one hundred thousand miles.