Tesla Model 3 Door Secrets Exposed: Video

FEB 18 2019 BY DOMENICK YONEY 13

And why would you want to take it off?

What’s behind the door panel in the Tesla Model 3? Good question! And one to which we have an answer to. In this short video from the LivingTesla YouTube channel (above), it all gets laid out nicely and concisely. While we understand this may not be a question many (if not most) owners of the mid-size electric will ask themselves, the answer presented here is interesting. Even for the non-nerds out there.

Before we discuss the findings in the footage, we should address a couple of other pertinent questions: why take of this panel in the first place and how easy is it to remove the panel? While there may be several reasons for gaining access to the innards of a car door, in this case, the author had a sporadic rattle noise coming from it. Although we would generally advise from taking this sort of action on a vehicle under warranty, our protagonist was worried that it wouldn’t be reproducible if they brought it to the service center. So, he took matters into his own hands and recorded everything for our edification.

We’ve embedded the video of him finding (he believes) the source of the noise and fixing it below. If you have an interest in removing a Model 3 front door panel yourself, we’ve also embedded a second video below that covers that procedure as well. If you do not have the noted tools (basically plastic pry tools and a Torx T30 screwdriver) or the confidence in your ability to perform the task, we would advise leaving this sort of work to Tesla staff.

Getting back to the inside of the door, it was interesting to see how it was engineered. As one who has replaced a number of window motors in the past, this writer is impressed by the ease with which it can be swapped out with this design. It’s also interesting to learn that the car features an eight-inch speaker in the door as well, markedly larger than what one would normally find.

If you’ve had some Tesla door adventures (or misadventures) let us know in Comments. Enjoy!

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13 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Door Secrets Exposed: Video"

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Always a bit scary doing this. I tried on my Nissan Leaf when replacing a smashed wing mirror and there were just too many cables and clips. This looks a little easier to access with the right tools.

The plastic panel is very common, the sensor is a side impact sensor.

at the end of the day. a bona fide petrol head won’t pay another bloke to do a car-related task as simple as pulling a door card. Walking and chewing a bubble is more difficult ppl.

Here’s a way to identify any rattle in any car. Happens to be a Model 3 in this case.
Model 3 Rattles Solved
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5qkmzX9b2us

You can also use double sided velcro, hook one one side loop on other. Don’t have to worry about the glue failing over time.

The complex and very expensive door handles are a frequent issue with all the Tesla models.

Have you watched the YouTuber Rich Rebuilds? If not you should take a look. He has rebuilt a salvage Tesla S. He has covered the doors.

Pretty conventional interior door panel design.

Nice they slipped that 8” speaker in there, no doubt a big contributing factor to the good sound system. Most cars have really cheap speakers that are cleaned up with DSPs in the amplifiers.

Looks like the doors in the 3 has far more better isolation than my S from 2015, I isolated my doors and it really helps, who needs rattling when paying 2500 dollars extra for the sound pack, I am looking forward to a test-drive in the 3 when it arrives in DK

Has there been an explanation why the window goes down 1/2 in when you open door on the Model 3?

From what I’ve read elsewhere, I’m pretty sure that’s to deal with the problem of the frameless windows freezing to the rubber seal in icy/frozen conditions.

Had a 2014 Mustang with the same system, about 1/2″ movement. It’s been around for many years. It’s to make the glass/frame area more aerodynamic.

As an audiophile, it’s great to see that Tesla has relatively large speakers even in the slightly down-market Model 3. But the sound vent in the door appears to be much smaller than the speaker, so I question that the listener gets the full effect of the speaker that the car owner paid for. If it was my car, I’d be tempted to get the inside door panel customized to allow the full diameter of the speaker to project sound directly into the cabin.