Tesla short tips and hacks that you may not know
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Tesla short tips and hacks that you may not know

This article collects short tips about Tesla vehicles and is being extended with new entries.

From the “Google Maps” app for iPhone and Android, navigation destinations can be sent directly to the Tesla navigation system:

  • Type a destination in the Google Maps App.
  • tap “divide” (sometimes you have to move the buttons to the left to see “divide”)
  • Select the Tesla app (this app must of course be installed on the phone).

Some Model 3 drivers already had the problem that fast charging via the CCS plug does not work anymore.

The solution: Let the car go into a deep sleep. In other words: get out, close the car and wait for 15-30 minutes. During this time do not access the car with the app, do not open doors and if you are near the car with your mobile phone, Bluetooth must be deactivated so that the mobile phone is not recognized by the Tesla.

The additional parking brake can be activated during parking by pressing and holding “P”. (after about 2 seconds you will hear the sound and the “H” appears in the display).

Possible causes are:

  • If the service center has no free appointments for the next 60 days, you will get an error message in the app.
  • If you have an open invoice you cannot book a new appointment with the app.
    This also applies if you have taken out an Allianz warranty extension and Allianz has not yet settled the amount with Tesla.

There are two oblong rubber plugs in the lower tailgate, remove them. On newer models only loose plastic caps are fitted to allow the water to drain off.

The sliding roof of the Model S starts to rattle when opening and closing the seals and causes problems. Too much friction on the seals prevents them from functioning properly and can even cause the seals to tear.

This can be prevented by regular maintenance. As mentioned in this article in the German TFF forum, graphite dust is particularly suitable for the preservation of seals.

With the voice command “Report” followed by a short error text, an error information can be submitted to Tesla. This is useful, for example, if the autopilot does not behave correctly in a situation and you want to report this to Tesla.

The same function can also be triggered by briefly pressing and holding the “Vehicle Settings” icon. After about 5 seconds the feedback confirmation will appear on the screen.

The Ionity quick charge stations are unfortunately not displayed on the Tesla navigation system. With this trick you can still navigate directly to the charging station.

  • Install the Ionity app on your mobile phone and use the map and search filter to display the stations. Then open the details of the desired station:

Ionity App Standortwahl

  • The red button starts the navigation in the Google Maps App on the mobile phone.
  • In the Google Maps App, click on the three points in the upper right corner and select “Share directions”.
  • Select the Tesla App from the list. The Ionity location is sent to the Tesla as a navigation destination.

With the square icon at the bottom left of the screen you can access the different apps. If you want to access the last used app directly without the selection menu, you can hold the icon down, wipe with your finger further up and release.

The manuals for your own vehicle can be viewed in the customer portal on Tesla.com. However, the documents can also be publicly downloaded from the following links:

Model 3 : EU / US / NO / NL / DK

Model S : UK / US / NO / NL / DK

Model X : UK / US / NO / NL / DK

In towing mode the Tesla can roll freely. This is not only interesting when towing, but also when changing tyres, for example. Because there, when using a lifting platform, the vehicle can be pushed a little last to allow the lifting arms to swing under the car.

Clemens Streblow sent me the following tip: According to the manual it should have worked in the towing mode that you can push or tow the car after leaving it.

But with activated PIN the car leaves the towing mode as soon as you get out and jumps from N to P. Only after deactivating the PIN can the Tesla be pushed without a person in the driver’s seat. 

UPDATE from 27/10/19: Apparently the behaviour is independent of the activated PIN. On some cars the Tesla will jump back to P even without the pin as soon as you get out of the car. If you repeat the procedure several times, it usually works after the 3rd or 4th attempt. Obviously this is a software error. (Many thanks to Peter Sebö for the hint).

There are probably errors in the databases for certain constellations and the Tesla App does not work correctly with Model 3. For example, the car will only work with the key card and not with the mobile phone.
Solution: Use the “Forgot password” function on the Tesla website. By reassigning the password, all databases will probably be synchronized again. This solves the problem and the app works correctly again.

After the software update V10 the new function “Tesla Kino” shows only a white screen on some vehicles. With the following trick this can be fixed by activating the Monty Python Easter Egg. To do this, simply change the name of the vehicle temporarily to “Patsy” (without inverted commas). Afterwards the Tesla Cinema will be displayed correctly. Of course you can change the name immediately afterwards.

With this tip, the passenger can simply bring the car to a standstill. Simply press the “Park” button at the end of the gear lever once. The car will then brake to a standstill and then activate the parking brake. Ideally, before pressing “Park” you should first activate the hazard warning lights to warn the following vehicles.

Usually it helps if you click on TuneIn for a short time, play a radio station and then go back to Spotify. This usually avoids having to restart the whole MCU.

This happens when the smart air-suspension has been calibrated in the standard position, but in everyday life you almost always ride on the low setting. 

Solution: The air suspension of model S and X should be calibrated in the most frequently used setting, otherwise the camber usually does not fit and the tires run off to one side. 

This Google spreadsheet compares the different Tesla models and their development. Even historical price trends are recorded.

Windows that do not close properly can be recalibrated as follows:

  1. Open the problem window completely.
  2. Sit in the driver’s seat and close all doors.
  3. Hold down the problem window regulator for 15-20 seconds.
  4. Pull the problem window regulator fully up for a few seconds.